Caitlyn Jenner spoke to students at the University of Pennsylvania last night at a sold out venue. At the event, Jenner was interviewed by the same person who wrote the Vanity Fair article, Buzz Bissinger. Bissinger is also writing Jenner’s memoir, which is due to come out this time next year.
After Jenner’s discussion with Bissinger, she conducted a question and answer session with the audience. All questions were prescreened and news media was not permitted to take pictures.
She spoke about her big regret– that she never shared with her father how she felt about her gender and her hopes to transition. Her father died 15 years ago, and talking about him made her tear up.
“That will always haunt me,” she said. “I think eventually he would have come around. He would have never understood, he didn’t know anything – gay, trans, all that other stuff. But I’m sure he’s looking down from heaven right now and saying, ‘Well, you’re doing a good job.’”
Jenner talked about how she considered suicide when her trachea surgery consultation was picked up by paparazzi. She said: “But then I thought, what a horrible way to end my story.”
And she confirmed that she is glad she transitioned and has no regrets. She said: “Girls, I’m on your team and I’m sticking on your team.”