Twitter accuses Caitlyn Jenner of doing “damage” by confirming that she is “clear” on where she “stands” on the topic of trans girls participating in female sports.
Caitlyn Jenner, 71, believes it isn’t “fair” for “biological people” who are trans to compete on “girls’ sports” teams. On Saturday, May 1, the reality star, who was born Bruce Jenner before transitioning in 2015, made the remarks while getting a Starbucks coffee. “This is a matter of justice. That’s why, in school, I oppose biological boys who are trans playing in girls’ sports,” she told TMZ on Saturday, May 1. “It’s just not right. And we need to protect girls’ sports in our schools,” she added as she climbed into her car with her dog. Caitlyn is a well-known competitor who won a gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada.
Caitlyn Jenner, who is running for governor of California as a Republican in a recall election against current Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, was then asked if this “delegitimizes” trans children’s “identity.” As she got into her SUV, Caitlyn declined to answer the question, simply saying, “Have a nice day.” She followed up with a tweet later that day, reiterating her earlier comment. “I wasn’t expecting to be asked this on my Saturday morning coffee sprint, but I’m confident in my place. It’s a matter of justice, and we need to safeguard girls’ sports in our schools,” Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s father wrote.
Twitter immediately reacted to Caitlyn’s comments. “@Caitlyn_Jenner You are such a traitor…So we need to ‘protect girls sports’ from other girls now? And fairness? Don’t you know how testosterone blockers work?” one person wrote. “Girls belong in girls sports. Trans girls are girls. There is NO evidence of trans girls outperforming their cis peers. There is only evidence of them being harassed and harmed by their peers. Drop this, develop your hobbies and spend your time NOT doing harm to trans people,” another posted.
GLAAD and the National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund also sent statements to HollywoodLife in response to Caitlyn’s stance. GLAAD spokeswoman Serena Sonoma tells HL EXCLUSIVELY that Caitlyn Jenner’s views do not reflect the transgender and gender nonconforming culture. “Hundreds of athletes at all levels, as well as any major medical group, endorse allowing trans children to play and condemn these harmful bills. According to recent polls, the majority of Americans, regardless of political affiliation, reject anti-transgender legislation.
It’s sad and perplexing that someone would threaten the most marginalized among us in order to win votes, rather than focusing on real challenges like COVID, lack of access to healthcare, education, and prejudice. Jenner’s advocacy for anti-trans legislation just helps politicians target transgender people and children, they said.
The National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund echoed Caitlyn’s sentiments, calling her assessment of the “risk” of these bans “false.” “Transgender people aren’t a monolith, and they, like every other group, have members who hold differing viewpoints. Deputy Executive Director Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen told HollywoodLife that Jenner is incorrect about the dangers and harms of anti-transgender bans. “We all care about justice, which is why athletic conferences, school districts, and states have laws in place to ensure that kids are treated fairly,” they said, adding that transgender people should run for public office to “break down barriers.”
“It’s reassuring to know that the NCAA has looked into this and determined that transgender people can safely play sports. They are experts on athletics, and they support transgender student-athletes. It can be helpful to remember that these bans aren’t about elite athletes,” the NCTE Action Fund also said. “They are about the ninth grader who wants to play on the JV volleyball team. They’re about the teenager who wants to play on the same team as their friends after school. Bans like this single them out for harassment. Adults are at our best when helping youth to learn and thrive, not putting a target on their backs.”
On April 23, Caitlyn filed paperwork to run for governor of California, kicking off a gubernatorial campaign. Her mission statement, which she posted on social media, said, “California has been my home for nearly 50 years.” She made the announcement after stating that she would never run for office.
“I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality. But for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision,” she explained.