On April 24, the Olympic champion and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner publicly came out as a transgender woman, in a highly anticipated, prime-time interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer. Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, introduced herself to the world Monday, on the July cover of Vanity Fair. The feature includes her first pictures as a woman, which were taken by acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovtiz.
Since the cover was revealed, more than 1.5 million tweets have been sent about Jenner, including messages of praise from her family, other celebrities and general admirers. Vanity Fair has also launched the hashtag #CallMeCaitlyn.
Caitlyn Jenner also has a verified Twitter account which amassed 1 million followers in just over four hours, breaking the Guinness World Record recently set by President Obama via the @POTUS account. “Another Jenner world record, and at 65. Who'da thought! Humbled and honored to have reached 1M followers in 4 hours. Thank you for your support," she said in only her third tweet.
Shortly after the reveal, Caitlyn's step-daughter Khloe had this to say on Instagram: "We were given this life because you were strong enough to live it! I couldn't be prouder!!! Caitlyn, You are beautiful!!!" Her daughter Kendall also showed her support tweeting "Be free now pretty bird."
After endless support from friends, family and fans, President Barack Obama is speaking out about Caitlyn Jenner's public debut on the cover of Vanity Fair. "It takes courage to share your story," the Obama administration tweeted, via the 53-year-old commander in chief's @BarackObama account. The post included a link to Caitlyn Jenner's first tweet which read, "I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me."
Jenner will also receive a real-world one: sports channel ESPN announced it will give the Arthur Ashe Courage Award to the transgender star later this month. "Being honored with this award, which is named after one of my heroes, is truly special. For the first time this July, I will be able to stand as my true self in front of my peers," Jenner said in response to the ESPN announcement.
..... Devashree Goenka