Caitlyn Jenner faces backlash for opposing trans girls competing in girls’ sports at school

Laura Sharman
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Caitlyn Jenner said she opposes transgender girls competing in girls’ sports at school (AP)
Caitlyn Jenner said she opposes transgender girls competing in girls’ sports at school (AP)

Caitlyn Jenner has revealed she does not think trans girls should be allowed to participate in girls’ sports at school.

The TV personality, who came out as trans in 2015, said “it just isn’t fair” and that we must “protect girls’ sports in our schools”.

Several US states are considering a ban on trans girls in women’s sports.

Ms Jenner, a former Olympic gold medalist and Republican candidate for governor, shared her views on the debate during her morning coffee run.

She told TMZ: “This is a question of fairness. 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.”

Defending her views on Twitter, she later added: “I didn’t expect to get asked this on my Saturday morning coffee run but I’m clear about where I stand.”

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Ms Jenner, 71, was one of the top US decathlon athletes during the 1970s, taking home a gold medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

Before transitioning, the athlete was married to Kris Jenner and the pair have two daughters, Kylie and Kendall.

She became a household name after starring in the hit reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians and was described as the highest-profile American to come out as transgender.

More than 34 US states are considering legislation that would ban trans athletes from competing based on their gender identity and at least five have already turned the bills into law.

Many activists in the trans community argue that legislation targeting trans children is discriminatory and dangerous.

Caitlyn Jenner at the Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin in Beverly Hills prior to the pandemicRichard Shotwell/Invision/AP
Caitlyn Jenner at the Comedy Central Roast of Alec Baldwin in Beverly Hills prior to the pandemicRichard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Ms Jenner’s views on the hot-button issue put her at odds with the community and are a stark contrast to those of California Governor Gavin Newsom.

It was her first comment on the subject since announcing her candidacy to replace the Democratic Governor in a recall election.

Ms Jenner supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election but later criticised his administration for discriminatory actions against transgender people.

Many trans-rights advocates have criticised the TV star for her failure to convince them that she is a significant asset to their cause.

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