President Obama tweets support for Caitlyn Jenner
Everybody’s talking about the Vanity Fair cover showing Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, with the headline, “Call Me Caitlyn.”
And now the Commander-in-Chief has weighed in.
President Obama tweeted to Jenner Monday, saying it took “courage” to share her story.
It takes courage to share your story. https://t.co/Q7wWjV9Rxx
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 1, 2015
Of course, daughter Kylie Jenner was the first to post support in the story, calling her father “an angel.” Kim Kardashian also said of the cover, “So beautiful, so proud, so glad it’s out.”
The Vanity Fair cover also drew the support and attention of other celebrities, including model Gigi Hadid.
“I kind of knew there was cover coming out so to see it was really exciting for me and I think for her and so many other people it’s going to change their lives,” Hadid told reporters. “Something that really touched me in the (Diane Sawyer) interview was she said, ‘When the cover comes out I’ll be free’ and that makes me so happy because she’s free herself.”
That story, as Jenner told Vanity Fair, has been a long time coming.
“If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it,” Jenner told Vanity Fair, “I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life.’”
Orange is the New Black actress Laverne Cox wrote about Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover on her official Tumblr page:
I am so moved by all the love and support Caitlyn is receiving. It feels like a new day, indeed, when a trans person can present her authentic self to the world for the first time and be celebrated for it so universally.