Caitlyn Jenner posted a heartfelt essay to her website on Monday that reveals how her new transgender friends have opened her eyes through their stories of survival.
"The response to my new journey has been overwhelmingly positive and I'm eternally grateful for all of your sweet messages, letters, and gifts," she writes in the blog post titled "The Journey Begins." "Up until now, I have totally isolated myself from the transgender community so I have a lot of catching up to do. I feel such a responsibility to this courageous group to try to get it right and tell all sides of the story. To me, that’s always the biggest question: am I doing it right?"
The 65-year-old reality star then highlights the difficulties many transgender people encounter.
"I've heard every horror story there is in the book. You wouldn't believe the types of ordeals these people have had, how they have had to literally fight for their own survival. Many trans teens are bullied and abused in high school. It's just horrendous. Then there's the other dark side of this issue: did you know that nearly 25 percent of the women in high-end sex business are reportedly transwomen?"
Fortunately, Caitlyn has connected with a supportive group of women -- many of whom she was recently spotted with at New York City's Pride and then a fancy dinner later that week.
"Seeing how my new friends have overcome their adversities is such an inspiration," she continues. "They are so well-adjusted and smart. I'll be sharing their stories here in the coming weeks and I can't wait for you to get to know them. They are just like you and me."
The post is the first stemming from Caitlyn's new partnership with WhoSay for a weekly series of editorials called "The Real Me" to spotlight issues concerning the LGBT community.
This moving message follows Caitlyn's patriotic Fourth of July post in which she sent her appreciation to her fans.
"Happy 4th of July!" she wrote on Twitter. "Proud to be an American ... where at least I am free to be me."