“I Am Cait” Recap: Caitlyn Jenner And New Transgender Friends Road Trip To San Francisco
Caitlyn Jenner had her first girls-night with all transgender women on Sunday’s “I Am Cait.” The girls, which included Candis Cayne, Jennifer Boylan, Chandi Moore, Jen Richards and Drian Juarez, all sat around Jenner’s living room and discussed issues trans women face.
“There are more important things than how you look,” says Boylan before all the other women arrive. She adds, “Caitlyn doesn’t know the community well.” Richards points out that Jenner’s experience with coming out as transgender is “singular,” but finds it “comforting” that people will listen to her because of her status.
Over dinner, a few of the women open up about how hard it was for them to initially come out. Juarez reveals that she used to do “sex work” in order to pay for her surgeries. The conversation then turns to how everyone made their voices sound more feminine. Moore says she likes that she still sounds like a man, while Richards admits that she hated being called “sir” on the phone so she sought out a vocal therapist.
Also during the episode, Jenner and his new friends take a road trip to San Francisco to visit an LGBTQ organization. When the conversation again turns towards issues trans people face, her friends were left a little concerned by Jenner’s stance. During the trip, Richards tells Jenner transgender teens are mostly “homeless and unemployed.” Boylan notes, “If I was to focus on one area, it would be like entry-level jobs. Just [so] these girls have some alternative if they want it.” Jenner then says that she is a little concerned about the government providing transgender people with assistance.
“Don’t, a lot of times, they can make more not working with social programs than they actually can with an entry level job?” asks Jenner, who previously revealed that she’s a Republican. Boylan seems a little bothered by Jenner’s comments and says to the reality star, “The vast majority of people who are getting help are getting help because they need help.” Jenner, however, sticks by her stance noting that “you don’t want people to get totally dependent” on government help. She adds, “That’s when they get in trouble. ‘Why should I work, I got a few bucks, I got my room paid for.’” Later, Boylan tells the camera during a confessional that she was “worried” about Jenner’s views on the subject. “Caitlyn has every right to be just as conservative as she chooses, but many transgender men and women need social programs to survive. And that’s nothing to be ashamed of,” says Boylan, adding, “Living in the bubble is an impediment to understanding other people. If Cait’s gonna be spokesperson for our community, this is something she’s gonna have to understand.”
While at the organization things get a little heated between Jenner, her friends and the other women because they feel Jenner’s celebrity could be distracting from the real issues trans people deal with.
Also during the second episode of “I Am Cait,” viewers witness the former Olympic athlete telling Kim Kardashian and family friend Malika Haqq that she still hasn’t perfected the her feminine voice yet.Jenner explains that when she used to travel by herself, she would call down to the hotel’s front desk and try to get them to refer to her as a woman by speaking in her best “feminine voice.” She says, however, that it never worked.”My voice isn’t that deep, it’s ok,” says Jenner.
Kardashian then tells Jenner that she’s going to pretend to be s hotel staffer and she wants Jenner to pretend to order room service. While the former athlete tries her best to sound like a woman, Kardashian tells her she didn’t quite nail it and calls her “sir.” Jenner then tells Kardashian and Haqq she’s considering getting surgery to help “change [her] pitch.” Kardashian immediately dislikes the idea, saying. “What if they made a mistake, and you came out with no voice.”
Jenner later confesses to the camera that not having a feminine voice is something that really bothers her. “Women cannot relate to the whole voice thing. They don’t see it as being that important, when it IS that important,” says Jenner, adding, “Not only for you just to speak and order and do all that kind of stuff, but very important for your soul that you’re feeling good about that.”