During a brief interview with TMZ on Saturday, former Olympian and reality TV personality Caitlyn Jenner outlined her views on trans athletes participating in school sports just days after announcing her plan to challenge California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in the state’s expected recall election this year.
When a reporter asked Jenner during the impromptu interview for her opinion on the efforts by some Republican legislatures to ban transgender athletes from participating in sports consistent with their gender identities, she replied that she does not support trans girls playing on girls’ teams.
“This is a question of fairness. That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school,” said Jenner, a Republican.
“It just isn’t fair,” she added. “And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools.”
NEW – Caitlyn Jenner: Trans girls shouldn’t compete in female sports.pic.twitter.com/0AJjH42YFW
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) May 1, 2021
She did not answer a follow-up question from the reporter about whether that view delegitimizes the identity of children who transition and now identify as girls.
Jenner, who won a gold medal in the 1976 Olympics, added in a tweet: “I didn’t expect to get asked this on my Saturday morning coffee run, but I’m clear about where I stand. It’s an issue of fairness and we need to protect girls’ sports in our schools.”
Jenner’s remarks triggered a swift backlash from many LGBTQ activists on social media.
Charlotte Clymer, a writer & LGBTQ activist and former press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, tweeted Saturday that Jenner is “dead wrong,” noting that athletes including Billie Jean King and Megan Rapinoe have spoken out against banning trans girls from playing on girls’ sports teams: “There is no evidence this is a problem anywhere.”
“This you, Caitlyn?” asked gay Democratic New York Congressional candidate Chris Sosa. Sosa also included a headline announcement of Jenner competing in a women’s golf tournament.
This you, Caitlyn? pic.twitter.com/Sz4exQjxb5
— Chris Sosa (@ChrisSosa) May 2, 2021
Jenner rescinded her support for Trump in 2018, explaining in a Washington Post op-ed that she initially believed he would stand up for the LGBTQ community, but came to realize that “the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president.”