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Caitlyn Jenner Gives Inspirational Speech to Trans Youth in First Public Appearance

Caitlyn Jenner Gives Inspirational Speech to Trans Youth in First Public Appearance


Seen in public for the first time since coming out, Jenner resumed her motivational speaker role, telling L.A. trans teens to 'live their truth.'

In her first public appearance since Caitlyn Jenner wow'ed millions with her stunning June 1 Vanity Fair reveal of her new look and name, the transgender former Olympian gave a motivational speech to a group of trans youth, encouraging them to "live their truth."

Jenner, 65, dropped into the Los Angeles LGBT Center Tuesday and surprised the teens, who reportedly weren't aware the world's most talked-about trans woman would be joining them, according to Hollywood Life.

With several trans women friends, bodyguards, and her I Am Cait docuseries camera crew in tow, Jenner reportedly toured the Center, donated clothing and spoke with the program manager for the Transgender Economic Empowerment Project. She also took part in a roundtable and one-on-one talks with former transgender clients for nearly two hours, according to Us Weekly.

Though no footage of the speech has been released, Entertainment Tonight broadcast what it called exclusive photographs of Jenner outside the center, wearing what the show called "figure-hugging skinny jeans, a fitted black blouse, knee-high boots and an Elisabeth Weinstock Tokyo cross-body bag."

Hollywood Life's report suggests Jenner is living out intentions she has made known since coming out as trans to ABC's Diane Sawyer: that she will use her platform to try to "make a difference in the world" for trans people and their families.

She has been getting out and about: Jenner recently tweeted that she spent part of last week at the Human Rights Campaign in San Francisco.

Jenner also released a photo on social media Saturday of her and several unnamed trans women arm-in-arm with their backs to the camera. Jenner accompanied the inspirational image with the hashtag #LivingOurTruth -- a phrase commonly used by trans advocates like Janet Mock and Laverne Cox -- as well as the Cox-originated hashtag #TransIsBeautiful, saying "Learn from those who have walked the path before you."

See the image below, as well as an Entertainment Tonight video with pictures of Jenner on her way to give her Los Angeles speech.

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