Caitlyn Jenner’s journey after undergoing a gender transformation from the patriarch to the Kardashian-Jenner clan, Bruce Jenner, has been quite busy lately. The former Olympic athlete was set to embark on a five city speaking tour that was to start in Toronto, Canada and then follow up with stops in Vancouver, Denver, San Francisco and Seattle. The tour has, however, been cancelled.
USA Today shares that the tour, which was set to begin in February, was nixed due to schedule conflicts, based on the information relayed by Jenner’s publicist Alan Nierob.
“[T]hose dates conflicted with another work commitment.”
The tour was organized by Unique Lives & Experiences, a company that prides itself on being “North America’s foremost women’s lecture series.” Tickets for the event had ranged in price from $50 to $500 if VIP seats were requested.
In the early fall of 2015, the spokesperson for Unique Lives & Experiences, Howard Szigeti, spoke with the news outlet in regards to reasoning behind selecting Caitlyn Jenner as a lecturer and what her lectures were to focus on.
“[The focus would be] Caitlyn’s personal journey with an inspiration-message of acceptance towards the transgender community and what it takes to lead an authentic life, followed by a short, moderated, question-and-answer period.”
This past Thursday, the website for Jenner’s lecture became unavailable as the tour was suddenly cancelled.
As USA Today relays, Jenner has experienced a “lukewarm” reception into the transgender community for reasons that are understandable. Many view Caitlyn as not having to endure the full hardships that come for many who transition to the lifestyle and become part of the community due to Jenner’s wealth and celebrity status.
The debate that has been ignited due to Caitlyn’s journey has caused a shift in response to the reality star’s transition, which was originally praised as brave and inspiring.
“[S]ince coming out Jenner has had to walk back on several of her interviews, including her lukewarm support of gay marriage and recent comments made to Time magazine, who recently shortlisted her as Person of the Year.”
Such words spoken involve a conversation with Time that were somewhat offensive to the community to which she has become a part of and seen as trans-phobic.
“If you look like a man in a dress, it makes people uncomfortable. “
Jenner then apologized in a column following the response to her words in the magazine stating, “I still feel like I have so much to learn.”
Although Caitlyn Jenner has taken a few hits due to poor wording and because of the perceived inconsistency of being a wealthy celebrity in a difficult transgender world, the reality star is still making appearances and involving herself in efforts to show support for the cause. Recently, Jenner was the host for an Oscar campaign highlighting the film Tangerine, that has made a mark since its showing at the Sundance Film Festival. It follows the lives of two black trans-women who make a living in Los Angeles by involving themselves in sex work.
Jenner shared her own response to the dramedy while hosting the event.
“To me the movie was so educational. Honestly, I learned so much…over the last nine months that I’ve been out I’ve learned so much about this community. And I was totally isolated. I obviously couldn’t out myself for so many years…but this is a process of education.”
People relays additional words of inspiration and necessity that Caitlyn spoke while at the Oscar event.
“We have a lot of momentum in the trans community, but we have to keep that momentum going. We have to bring this in front of the public.”
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