Caitlyn Jenner made her first speech as a transgender woman on Tuesday at the Los Angeles LGBT Youth Center to a crowd of transgender adolescents in Hollywood, California. Jenner, a former Olympic athlete, made headlines when she revealed her gender transition on the cover of Vanity Fair on June 1 -- wearing a white bustier alongside the quote “Call me Caitlyn.”
According to a statement from the Los Angeles LGBT Center to Us Weekly on Wednesday, Jenner took a tour of the building and took part in one-on-one discussions with the organization’s former and current clients, including those from LifeWorks, the LGBT Center’s mentoring program. Jenner also brought clothing donations and spoke to the program manager of the Transgender Economic Empowerment Project.
The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star made her big reveal on June 1 with a 22-page cover story complete with photographs by Annie Leibovitz. The 65-year-old Jenner told the magazine that she’d always felt like she was living a lie.
“If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen,” Jenner said. She also denied allegations that her transition, which included a 10-hour facial feminization surgery, was for attention.
“This shoot was about my life and who I am as a person. It’s not about the fanfare, it’s not about people cheering in the stadium, it’s not about going down the street and everybody giving you ‘that a boy, Bruce’ pat on the back, OK? This is about your life," she added.
The Los Angeles LGBT Center is the world’s largest provider of programs for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. The center was founded in 1969, and there are currently six locations. The organization provides medical care; HIV/AIDS testing and treatment; alcohol, crystal meth and drug recovery services; an on-site pharmacy; legal support; domestic violence assistance; and support for homeless youth.