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Louisville transgender community reacts to Caitlyn Jenner

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Holly Knight, President of Transwoman National, speaks to WDRB after the Vanity Fair cover featuring Caitlyn Jenner was released. Holly Knight, President of Transwoman National, speaks to WDRB after the Vanity Fair cover featuring Caitlyn Jenner was released.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- This week, former Olympic decathlon winner Bruce Jenner made his debut as a transgender woman in the July issue of Vanity Fair.

As the world watched, the local transgender community is not convinced Jenner's announcement will lead to more acceptance right away.

In a tweet, Jenner writes..."I'm so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn."

"I can identify a lot of things that she's going through and has gone through," said Holly Knight, President of Transwoman National.

Knight empathizes with how Jenner feels.

"I don't remember a time I didn't believe I shouldn't have been a girl. My mom caught me with clothes I was stealing from my aunt when I was six and I had been doing it for a while at that time," Knight explained.

Knight says her transition started in 1999, and like Jenner, she fought it for years.

"A lot of people say well, why at this point? Caitlyn is 65-years-old, why? And think you just get to the point where you just get so tired of playing that game of pretending to be someone that you are not," said Knight.

That's not the only thing Knight and Jenner have in common.

"I was married to a woman for 24 years, I have a son," Knight said.

Meanwhile, from social media to local and national news outlets, the transition and cover photo have been the talk of the town. In another tweet, Jenner writes, "Another Jenner world record, and at 65? Who'da thought! Humbled & honored to have reached 1 million followers in 4 hrs."

"In the trans community there is a lot of conversations, a lot on Facebook and a lot in the community -- and things like that -- and most of it is positive," said Knight.

Knight says she is happy for Jenner, but she is not convinced all of the attention will lead to acceptance.

"It is kind of almost like a novelty is not acceptance, so I think a lot of people are going to see it. Doesn't mean... doesn't mean that they -- because there's a lot of people who watch train wrecks."

Knight says she wants to bring more awareness to acts of violence against transgender people and she hopes Caitlyn Jenner's transition will help do that.

More: Bruce Jenner completes transition to Caitlyn in Vanity Fair

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