When Caitlyn Jenner first came forward on the cover of Vanity Fair after her transition, it was a monumental step for not only her, but the entire transgender community. She has been called “the most famous transgender woman in the world.” She has a show on E! News, I Am Cait, documenting her post-transition life.
Now, only six months after this took place, there is talk of her de-transitioning. The reports came from Ian Halperin, author of the biography, “Kardashian Dynasty: The Controversial Rise of America’s Royal Family.”
A friend of Jenner revealed to Halperin, “It hasn’t been easy for Caitlyn, it’s been very hard. She’s thrilled she has raised awareness about how transgender people have long been discriminated against, but I think there’s a chance she’ll de-transition in the next couple years. I don’t think it would surprise anybody in her inner circle. It has been much harder than she anticipated. My heart goes out to her, and I know her true friends will be there to support her on whatever path she chooses.”
Halperin also mentioned that part of the reason for Jenner’s potential de-transition is due to her still having an interest in women, and according to the author, she still “wants to meet the right one.”
This talk of de-transitioning brings up an interesting point: that de-transitioning isn’t talked about. It’s likely that Jenner isn’t alone in the transgender world in feeling “sex change regret,” but the numbers are few and far between. Vocativ reports that research puts “the percentage of regret between 1 and 2 percent.” A lot of this is due to the time, money, and obviously, change that one has to go through. In a story done by Vanity Fair, Jenner confessed to wondering after having facial feminization surgery: “What did I just do? What did I just do to myself?”
Having gone through this process for a first time is one thing, but going through the non-simple physical and emotional process a second time is another thing. In Jenner’s case, an additional fame factor is thrown into the mix. Her transition to a woman was in the spotlight from the earliest stages. Now, to reverse her transition very much in the public eye, that can’t be easy.
Now looking to the future, because Jenner has been so influential in raising awareness for the transgender community, what will happen to them? If she does decide to de-transition, will the community take a couple steps back from the progress they’ve made? Or will just the opposite happen? A friend of hers said she was “thrilled” to be such an influence in the transgender cause, so that brings up the question of whether or not she would continue to play a role in the community after a de-transition. Only time will tell.
McCall is an intern at Bold. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism and loves all things media and communications. As a San Diego native, she thrives in the sun and enjoys being outdoors.