Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, is a retired American athlete known for winning the men's decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics. Since 2007 she has been appearing on E!'s reality television program Keeping Up with the Kardashians and is currently starring in her own reality show I Am Cait, which focuses on her gender transition.
Always aware she was truly a woman, Caitlyn initially began transitioning in the late 1980s but due to fear of the public’s reaction and how this decision would affect her family she chose not to continue. After decades of struggling with her gender identify, Caitlyn confirmed that she was resuming her transition from male to female in an April 2015 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer. Being the first transgender person to do so, she graced the cover of the June 2015 issue of Vanity Fair with the empowering headline “Call me Cait”, marking her official debut as Caitlyn Jenner.
With multiple publications having described her as the most famous openly transgender person in the world, Caitlyn has paved the way for trans men and women everywhere. With her profile raised, Jenner became one of the world's most recognized LGBT people and arguably the most famous LGBT athlete. During the 2015 ESPY Awards she received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Receiving encouragement and praise from people all over the world for her openness and strength, Caitlyn is truly an inspiration.