Caitlyn Jenner has legally changed her name. At 65, Caitlyn received a judge’s approval for her previous request to have her name and gender changes recognized legally, a major milestone in her transition as a transgender woman. And for Jenner, it means more than legal paperwork, reported People.
The legal approval follows Caitlyn’s formal filing in the Los Angeles Superior Court for a gender and name change. The request stipulated that Jenner desired to have her name changed from William Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Marie Jenner.
But not everything has changed in Caitlyn’s life. The former Olympian remains passionate about golf, playing with pro golfer Danielle Kang recently. After Danielle won, Jenner showed that she also still has her love of taking home the gold.
“Oh that really ticks me off,” admitted Caitlyn after losing to the pro.
For Jenner, the significance of completing the legal paperwork to change her name and gender can be summed up in what she put as the reason, reported Yahoo News.
“[The change is] to better match my identity,” read the court filing.
Caitlyn was not at the hearing, and her two attorneys went to listen as Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg granted the petition.
The results now give Jenner the ability to apply for important documentation, such as a Social Security card and driver’s license that match her new appearance, name, and gender.
However, although some of the information involved in the petition was made public, other items were redacted. Caitlyn revealed that as she transitioned to a transgender woman, she found herself the target of threats as a result. Jenner has been candid about discussing the LGBT community as well as revealing her own views, and although she said that the support has primarily been positive, the downside of her honesty is the danger.
“Although public support for my transition has been overwhelmingly supportive, I am also receiving unwelcome negative attention from private citizens, including threats of bodily harm,” Caitlyn noted in a sworn declaration.
Sealed documentation included both Jenner’s medical declaration and a background check.
It’s been a long journey for Caitlyn to get to this point. Jenner became a public figure when she, then known as Bruce, won the gold medal in the men’s decathlon at the 1976 Olympics, showing physical strength.
One of the most publicized marriages in the world was with Kris Jenner, and their daughters became famous in their own right, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, with the Kardashians’ exploits featured on Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Since going public with her transition, Caitlyn has shared her new life on I Am Cait.
And Jenner isn’t alone in turning to the forum of reality TV to make public what it means to undertake a transgender journey, reported the Advocate.
Meet Jazz Jennings, who at 14 stars in TLC’s I Am Jazz. Through that show, Jazz and her family seek to share what it means to be a transgender teenager, going through milestones ranging from puberty to dating.
Both Jazz and Caitlyn are publicizing their transitions at a time when some say transgender individuals have achieved a “tipping point.” Credit also goes to Laverne Cox in Orange Is the New Black and Amazon’s Transparent.
But many are expressing concern that for the young people, the focus is missing. Can Jazz, Caitlyn, and others help?
With 40 percent of homeless youth revealing that they are LGBT, the statistics show that more than half of transgender young people, prior to turning 20, try to kill themselves.
Consequently, while I Am Cait shows what it’s like to make the transgender journey at an older age, I Am Jazz seeks to explore the role that family plays in supporting and caring for their brave teenager.
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