Caitlyn Jenner on her liberating trip to New York: 'I will never go back to being Bruce'

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Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce, has been talking about her "fantastic" trip to New York when she was cheered to the rafters by revellers at Pride and how it felt to be surrounded by new friends from the transgender community. The former Olympian said the experience was so enriching that she will never go back to being Bruce.

She made the comments on her new website, which she said crashed because there were so many comments and questions from well-wishers.

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In response to one fan who asked her what her favourite part of being Caitlyn was, the 65-year-old said: "I packed for the first time – as just Caitlyn, nobody else – which is the first time I’ve ever done that.

"I was gone for five days and had such a fantastic experience with all of these girls who have all been through the same thing. We had so many stories to tell. We had so many things that we were all dealing with.

"It was just truly a liberating experience. I knew then that I could never go back."

During her visit to the Big Apple for Pride, it became clear that the reality star had assembled a formidable posse of glamorous trans friends including Dirty Sexy Money actress Candis Cayne, Filipina model Geena Rocero, actress Trace Lysette and performer Kate Bornstein.

Caitlyn was asked by another fan when the point came that she felt she had to transition. The I am Cait star replied: "I firmly believe that there are intensity levels of being trans. For example, a boy at a young age – four or five-years-old – might refuse to wear guy clothes and will only wear dresses.

"Not as a one-time thing, or as just dress-up play, but insistently, every day saying, 'I’m a girl'. They can’t – and won’t – hide their true identity, even at that young age. Then there are others, like me, who can (kind of) live with it for a long time, even though it’s very uncomfortable."

The I am Cait star with Candis Cayne, Chandi Moore, Geena Rocero, Allie Hoffman, Trace Lysette, Barbara Carralles, Kate Bornstein and Sam Feder

The world's most famous transgender woman said there was "no information" about the issue years ago so she kept herself distracted with other activities.

"I had all of my diversions – sports…this…that…married…family – but after 65 years, here I was right back with the same problems that I had when I was ten years old and I had to finally do something about that."

Caitlyn finished off by saying: "The future looks bright. I knew that my transition would get some response, but I certainly never expected all of this. It’s honestly been incredibly positive."

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