Caitlyn Jenner: ‘I understand it's difficult for people to understand this’

Wednesday September 9th, 2015

In an interview with Matt Lauer of the Today Show, Caitlyn Jenner talked about transitioning to life as a woman, the criticism she's received and what the Arthur Ashe Award meant to her.

While playing a round of golf with Lauer during the interview, Jenner divulged her gratitude to the people who have supported her since she announced her transition from male to female in April.

“I understand it's difficult for people to understand this, and that's OK,” Jenner said. “I'm very grateful people have been so nice, so accepting, so understanding, but I've also learned that that is the exception, not the rule.”

Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS in July.

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“I didn't ask for it. They gave me the award,” Jenner said. “Did it take a lot of courage to come out? Absolutely. Did I have tremendous respect for Arthur Ashe and that award? Absolutely. And I'm very honored to have that awarded to me. Not just to me, but to the entire community.”

Jenner won a gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Her documentary series, I Am Cait, aired its premiere on E! on July 26.

Watch the full interview below:

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