Caitlyn Jenner On Being Shunned By Her Family, And Why She’ll Continue To Fight For Nigerian LGBTQIA Rights

Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete under the name of Bruce Jenner, shocked the world in April 2015 by revealing her identity as a trans-woman. Caitlyn made her transition known to public on ABC’s 20/20 television show.

Earlier known as Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn featured on the July 2015 cover of Vanity Fair magazine by revealing her new name. CNN reports that two years after her revelation, the 66-year old Caitlyn will be featuring in the July issue of Sports Illustrated.

And this is not her first time that Caitlyn will be featured in the sports magazine. Thirty years earlier, Caitlyn was featured on the cover of the sports magazine when she won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympic Games in the decathlon.

However, the famous member of the Kardashian-Jenner family has indicated that she can best enjoy her rebirth as a woman by focusing on moving ahead without looking back at her glorious past. According to CNN, Caitlyn spoke about how her transition disconnected her from the past, despite that fact that she remains proud of her former Olympic glory.

“I was throwing out my past like it never happened. And I’m very proud of those times. This was a big part of my past. It’s part of my life, it made me who I am.”

Caitlyn Jenner’s revelation of being a transgendered person did not go down well with several of her family members, especially the Kardashians. Radar Online reports that Khloe Kardashian, in particular, has had a fragile relationship with Caitlyn ever seen she came out as a transgendered person.

It seems that Caitlyn has fallen out with most of her family members, with the fortunate exception of her daughters Kendall and Kylie.

Old pictures of Kendall, Kylie & Caitlyn Jenner.

— Kylie Jenner News (@KylieJennerNewz) June 13, 2016

Recently, everybody in the famous family except Caitlyn Jenner was invited to celebrate Khloe Kardashian’s 32nd birthday.

To add insult to injury, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian’s rapper husband, used Caitlyn’s naked lookalike wax figure in his “Famous” music video. According to Hollywood Life, the music video shows Kanye West sleeping amongst a number of naked wax bodies of various well-known celebrities, that notably include Caitlyn Jenner, Kim Kardashian, and Taylor Swift.

Although the music video was Kanye West’s idea, it was reportedly Kim Kardashian who recommended using Caitlyn’s lookalike nude figure in the video. Kim felt that Caitlyn’s naked figure would add an element of shock to the music video.

According to Radar Online, inside sources reveal that Caitlyn Jenner has been keeping to herself lately as she has been feeling lonelier than ever from being repeatedly snubbed by many members of her family.

Currently, Caitlyn features in I am Cait, a television show that narrates the story of her gender transition. According to Design & Trend, the television show was banned in Nigeria due to the subject matter of the show.

Many Nigerian parents complained that Caitlyn’s show was inappropriate for their children to watch. Taking heed of the complaints, the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission directed Multichoice Broadcasting Company to discontinue the show’s telecast. In fact, Multichoice, which operates across the African continent, decided to drop the show across the entire continent by mentioning that the company respected its customer’s sentiments and wished to comply with Africa’s diverse regulatory environments.

The ban has not deterred the spirit of the 66-year-old former Olympian, who remains a strong advocate for LGBTQIA rights for Nigerians citizens. Recently, Caitlyn Jenner attended the Aspen Ideas conference in Colorado to voice her concerns about the issue by speaking with Bisi Alimi, a Nigerian gay rights activist. Design & Trend reported that Caitlyn vowed to fight for the rights of the Nigerian LGBTQIA community, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

“We’ve had so many struggles in the Unites States, and we’ve been fighting this battle a long time. I just want everybody there to know that we’ve got your back. We’re out here, and we’re fighting the good fight.”

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