I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can't wait for you to get to know her/me.
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) June 1, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, made her debut online today with a new Twitter account alongside the release of Vanity Fair’s July cover, featuring a portrait by Annie Leibovitz.
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) June 1, 2015
Jenner came out publicly as a transgender woman in an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer last month. Today’s release drew wide support online from the LGBTQ community, celebrities and fans around the Vanity Fair-led hashtag campaign, #CallMeCaitlyn.
Let's celebrate Caitlyn & use her moment to uplift trans folks facing insurmountable economic barriers for affirming healthcare.
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) June 1, 2015
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 1, 2015
Can we just talk about how awesome it is that Caitlyn Jenner went against the whole Kardashian/Jenner "K" trend?
— Chris Riddle (@ChrisRiddle) June 1, 2015
— Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) June 1, 2015
Members of the Kardashian family also joined in to voice their support on Twitter.
be free now pretty bird.
— Kendall Jenner (@KendallJenner) June 1, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner for Vanity Fair Annie Leibovitz! How beautiful! Be happy, be proud, live life YOUR way! pic.twitter.com/39fryBwUqE
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 1, 2015
We were given this life because you were strong enough to live it! I couldn't be prouder!!! Caitlyn,… https://t.co/Ho5O6swM0V
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) June 1, 2015
Many people observed online that Jenner eschewed the typical Kardashian “K” in favor of the “Caitlyn” spelling.
Bruce Jenner going by Caitlyn instead of Kaitlyn is the biggest “screw you” to the Kardashians I can think of. I love it.
— Alexis Kleinman (@alexiskleinman) June 1, 2015
In order to correct any misuse of pronouns towards Jenner, a Twitter bot account called @she_not_he was created to guide those incorrectly referring to Jenner as “he” instead of “she.” At the time of this posting, the Twitter account has tweeted over 300 times since its inception earlier today. The bot does occasionally make mistakes.
SarahEMoreno: It's she, not he. http://t.co/aYhrppq4nH
— She not he (@she_not_he) June 1, 2015
ESPN also announced today that Jenner would receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards in July. The award is granted to people “possessing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost.”
Thus far, “Caitlyn Jenner” has been tweeted about over 500,000 times.