Caitlyn Jennera told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday that she was unable to run for public office prior to her transition because she had “too many secrets.”
In his first TV interview since announcing his candidacy for California governor, Jenner detailed her multi-year battle with gender dysphoria and revealed why she decided now is the time to throw her hat in the ring.
The former Olympian and reality tv star first announced his candidacy for the governor’s office last month. If elected, she would become the first transgender state governor.
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“You told me Bruce Jenner couldn’t do that, which Caitlyn Jenner does, is run for governor,” Hannity said. ” What did you mean by that? “
“I’m just trying to be myself, and I can be myself now,” Jenner told Hannity. “I couldn’t do it before because I had too many secrets. In my book, ‘Secrets of my life,’ I have all my secrets. I have no more secrets, and I wake up and am myself all day. But I still feel like I’m doing the right thing. And that’s the most important thing. “
Jenner became emotional at one point as she recalled her personal struggles and how her religious journey led her to declare her candidacy.
“I was not being honest with myself. Often not honest with others. And that all changed when I finally had my last conversation with God. I spoke with all of my children. Raised all of my kids, wonderful kids … but the last thing I had to do was sit down with my pastor. Because if someone has problems in their life, they are – and everyone has them. soul whatever, they sit there and they go, “God, why did you do that?” Why this question, for me identity, in my head, 24 hours a day, every day 365 days a year, ”she said.
“You can’t take two aspirins and get a lot of sleep and wake up the next morning and you’re fine, it’s just still there, it’s who you are, but why? And so, this question was always in my heart. I sat down with my pastor, and you know what? I thought, is there a reason for this? Am I doing the right thing? “
Jenner said she felt responsible for “going out and making a difference in probably the most marginalized community in the world.”
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“After much thought, I said, ‘You know what? At this point in my life my kids are being brought up, everyone is fine. Maybe it’s time I took care of myself. Because when that day comes, you go to the Pearly Doors, and you go up the stairs, and you see God in front of you, and you just ask this question, “Did I do a good job?” good thing?’ and I just hope he says, “Hey, come in. I did a good job. “
“I think,” she added, “when I get there until this day, I hope I am.