Caitlyn Jenner and the Power of Coming Out


Caitlyn Jenner has been in the news because she was recently interviewed on ABC’s 20/20 news program and came out as transgender; more than 16.8 million people tuned in to hear her story. Caitlyn Jenner’s fame spans several generations: she was an Olympic athlete in the 1970s where she won the decathlon, Jenner has been in several television programs and she’s also known by many people because of her marriage to Kris Kardashian Jenner and her participation on the reality show,Keeping Up With the Kardashians, for eight seasons. Now that Caitlyn Jenner has told her story, she has become the most famous openly transgender person in America.

This high school lesson provides an opportunity for students to learn more about Caitlyn Jenner’s experiences, reflect on what it means to “come out” and explore the impact of coming out on the individual, others, policies and society as a whole.


This lesson plan has been put together by the Anti-Defamation League, and a pdf version is available here.


Learning Standards


  • R.1: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • R.9: Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to building knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.



  • W.2: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.


Speaking and Listening

  • SL.1: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. Standard 2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.



Link to the original page is available here.




The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

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