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Caitlyn Jenner sat down with ABC’s Diane Sawyer on Friday, two years after Jenner’s interview about her transitioning, in which she first identified herself as a woman.
The 20/20 episode marking the anniversary of that talk covered Jenner’s views on same-sex marriage, her opinions on Trump and, as a Republican, how she feels about her party’s views on transgender issues.
In previously released clips from the interview, Jenner told Sawyer that though her views have evolved, she is now fully behind same-sex marriage. “I am 100 percent behind gay marriage. Let’s clear that up right now,” she said, adding that it was a process for her to get to that point but now, “I am all for it.”
“I’ve learned a lot about compassion” since two years ago, Jenner explained.
Jenner revealed that she added a line in her will years ago that she wanted to be “dressed as her,” or dressed as a woman at her funeral. She said she “knew absolutely nothing” at the beginning of this process because she “didn’t know any better,” explaining that she was uninformed before transitioning.
Jenner also touched on her famous Vanity Fair cover, in which she posed in a corset. “Would you do that again?” Sawyer asked. Jenner was quick to respond in the affirmative. “Yes,” she said. “I had suffered for 65 years to have a beautiful shot of my authentic self was important, and the shock value.”
“You wanted the shock value?” Sawyer asked.
“I wanted to end the old Bruce, my old life,” Jenner explained. “And that picture did it.”
Speaking about the backlash in response to her ESPYs speech in 2015 for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, Jenner opened up. “I was hoping then,” she said of her mindset at the time. “Have I in the last two years had a bigger dose of reality? Absolutely.”
When asked if Jenner is a “Trump Republican,” she acknowledged she voted for the president, “but here’s the deal-breaker with the Republican party,” Jenner said. “You mess with my community, you do the wrong thing with our community, you don’t give us equality and a fair shot, I’m coming after you.”
Jenner also said that when she met the president at the inauguration, he invited her to play golf, but she later decided against going, referring to Trump’s decision to rescind guidelines protecting transgender students’ rights in regard to their using bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity. “This administration, for me, it was extremely disappointing,” Jenner said.
Jenner called her life now “happy” and “peaceful,” and she has never once regretted her decision to reveal her true identity, but dating is not a part of her post-transition life. “I don’t see really even dating in my future,” she said. “I’ve never been out on a date.”
The interview was also held days before the release of Jenner’s memoir, The Secrets of My Life, which is out April 25.
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