The long-awaited docu-serious I Am Cait premiered on E! on Sunday, July 26, 2015, and it was a pretty emotional one. The series opens with the real-time reaction of the unveiling of Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, followed by immediate phone calls and tweets from supportive family members.
“What a responsibly I have towards this community,” Caitlyn said, in reference to the transgender community and how many of them struggle with family, friends, and ridicule. “I just hope I get it right.”
Caitlyn also met with her mother, Esther Jenner, and two sisters for the first time as a woman. Both sisters were very happy and excited to see her, but her mother was emotionally brought to tears. She said she never guessed that Caitlyn (before she transitioned) was struggling with her gender, and that she hid it well.
Esther said she was happy for Caitlyn, but admitted it would be difficult to get used to the change. “I love Bruce, and that’ll never change. …I loved him with all my heart, and I certainly love her with all my heart,” she said.
Later, Esther said she is “more proud” of Caitlyn today than at the 1976 Olympics.
Caitlyn also met with her youngest daughter, Kylie, for the first time, who knew her first meeting with Caitlyn would be uncomfortable. However, the two quickly bonded over colorful hair extensions and old photographs, and shared an emotional hug together.
A pregnant Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West made an appearance as well. While Kim and Caitlyn began to plot a “Who wrote it better?” prank on Kris Jenner, Kayne said, in classic Yeezus fashion, that Caitlyn’s transition is “one of the strongest things that have happened in our existence as human beings that are controlled by perception.”
The show took a darker turn when Caitlyn admitted to having contemplated suicide before. “I know how these kids can feel,” Caitlyn said in reference to other transgender youth who are struggling with their identity. “I’ve had some very dark moments in my life. I have been in my house, with a gun and said, ‘Let’s just end it right here. No more pain. No more suffering.’ That struggle, it’s real, and I’ve been there.”
Gender-identity expert Susan Landon also met with Caitlyn and family to discuss these issues, and offered much advice, clarity, and support. “There’s nothing more important than acceptance and supportive,” she said. “This is a process that happens over time.”
“It’s so important to surround yourself with positive people,” Caitlyn added. “We need more tolerance and empathy towards other people.” And we hope this docu-series will inspire more people to do just that.
Watch I Am Cait Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on E!
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BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
I Am Cait Premiere: Photograph courtesy of E!