Caitlyn Jenner on Identity and Self-Realisation

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Caitlyn Jenner in Conversation

Please note: due to unforeseen circumstances, this event will no longer be going ahead.

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, captured the world’s attention in 2015 when she revealed that she is a transgender woman. On June 1 that year she appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair. That image, in which she unveiled her new name and look, drew more than 9 million unique visitors to Vanity Fair’s website in a single day, a record for the site.

In recent years, there has been a revolution in how people think and talk about gender and sexuality, with many, particularly the young, declaring themselves gender-fluid. Jenner now stands at the heart of that revolution as the most famous transgender woman in the world, who has talked and written with impressive candour about the inner conflict she experienced growing up in an era of rigidly defined gender identities. In her earlier identity as Bruce Jenner, she won gold for the United States in the 1976 Olympic Games decathlon, earning the accolade of the ‘World’s Greatest Athlete’. She then became arguably the world’s most famous father as the patriarch of the Kardashian family, in the massive hit reality show ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’, a phenomenon which has redefined celebrity culture.

Jenner’s life past and present has not been without its ironies. Hailed by an entire nation as the ultimate symbol of manhood, she felt that she was living a lie. And now, post-transition, she is viewed by many as a figurehead for the transgender community. Her memoir, Secrets of My Life, which charts her journey from shame and deceit to self-realisation, was a Sunday Times bestseller earlier this year.

Join us on November 7th when Jenner comes to the Intelligence Squared stage to tell her story and explain how, after her long struggle, she now feels she is living her true self, while keeping allegiance with her past.


Caitlyn Jenner

The most famous transgender woman in the world, Caitlyn Jenner is a bestselling author, television star and, as Bruce Jenner, was a Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete. Previously identifying publicly as male, she made her name and gender change official on September 25th, 2015. From 2015 to 2016, Jenner starred in the reality television series ‘I Am Cait’, which documents her life post-transition and introduces viewers to a diverse group of transgender people.


Jonathan Freedland

Guardian columnist, broadcaster and author.


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