Caitlyn Jenner spoke about global and national transgender rights with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power in a video for International Human Rights Day.
Jenner discussed the high rates of violence towards the transgender community. She says that documented hate crimes towards transgender women has reached 21 total for 2015, an increase from the 11 total of last year.
“There’s a lot of work to be done. There’s a lot of lives to be saved. I thought about on one particular occasion that maybe the easy way out of this is just kind of take your life. Just be done with it, no more pain, you move on and go to a better place hopefully. And then I thought ‘what a terrible way to end my life…I don’t want to end the story this way,'” Jenner says.
The reality T.V. star went on to send a message to those abroad who aren’t feeling as hopeful as Jenner does about the current situation in the transgender community.
“I hope that one, I can set an example for them. That even though no matter who you are, what your background is, what your age is, you can live authentically,” Jenner says.
Jenner continued on to say that she hopes that opening up dialogue about these issues can help.
“It’s okay to talk about these issues. For so long the transgender community, the ‘T’ in the LGBT, was kind of pushed under the rug. This is an issue of humanity, of people. God made us all. It’s a rainbow,” Jenner says.