Caitlyn Jenner told a reporter for TMZ that she opposes trans girls participating in sport according to their gender. The former Olympian and current gubernatorial candidate to replace California Governor Gavin Newsom in an upcoming recall election, made the comments as she was walking with her dog through a parking lot in Malibu.
“There’s legislation in various states to ban biological boys who are trans from playing in girls’ sports in schools,” a reporter said to Jenner. “What’s your opinion on that?
Jenner took a moment as she loaded her dog into the backseat of her SUV. Once the pooch was safely stowed away, Jenner removed her mask and spoke slowly.
“This is a question of fairness,” Jenner said, emphasizing the word with a pointing gesture of her hand at the reporter. “That's why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school. It just isn't fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools.”
Jenner drove off, but not long after retweeted a link to the TMZ story and doubled-down on her previous comments, writing the issue is one of “fairness” and about protecting “girls’ sports in our schools.”
The response to Jenner’s comments were swift and fierce. George Takei declared Jenner was “no friend” or “activist” to the community.
“She’s a menace,” he wrote.
Charlotte Clymer called Jenner “anti-trans” and said she was “pandering to the ignorance of anti-trans people.”
She also accused Jenner of being a paid shill for transphobic Republicans.
“The GOP is fabricating this issue and funding Jenner to claim this nonsense,” she tweeted.
Jenner had previously announced her run for office in a stunning statement on social media April 23, saying she was a “compassionate disrupter” who wanted to help save California “before it’s too late.”
She finished by throwing her hat in the ring and declaring “I’m in!”
Reports had surfaced earlier in April that the former Olympic gold medalist had been meeting with key political consultants and fundraisers with an eye on challenging embattled California Governor Gavin Newsom in a recall election later this year.
Jenner gained a wider following after her marriage to Kris Jenner and appearance on the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians while still presenting as a man. She revealed she was a transgender woman in 2015 and changed her name the same year.
The former college football star and Olympic gold medalist turned television personality and transgender rights activist had initially supported President Donald Trump, but famously turned against his discriminatory policies and views on transgender rights.
It is unclear why Jenner believes that a discriminatory ban on transgender military service members is wrong, but a ban on transgender girls participating in school sports according to their true gender is somehow okay.
The reporter yesterday tried to ask Jenner a follow-up question about the impact such a ban would have on trans girls looking for affirmation to their identity, but the athlete, actor, activist, and now politician apparently felt she had done enough damage for the moment.
“But if someone transitions and now identifies as a girl, isn’t it delegitimizing their identity to prevent…” the reporter said before getting cut off.
“Have a good day,” Jenner said curtly before closing the door and driving off.