Caitlyn Jenner, a former Olympic champion and reality TV personality currently running for governor of California, has said she opposes transgender girls who participate in women’s sports in school.
Jenner, an Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon in 1976 and turned transgender in 2015, told a TMZ reporter on Saturday that it was “a matter of fairness.”
“This is why I oppose biological trans boys who participate in female sports at school. It just isn’t fair. And we need to protect girls’ sport in our schools, ”Jenner said Saturday in a brief interview in a parking lot in Malibu.
It was Jenner’s first comment on the controversial issue since announcing her candidacy to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election. Five states passed laws or implemented executive orders this year limiting the ability of transgender youth to participate in sports or receive certain medical treatments. There has been a vehement outcry from supporters of transgender rights.
Jenner, a Republican, backed Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, but then criticized his administration for some discriminatory actions against transgender people.
Many transgender rights advocates have criticized Jenner, saying she has not convinced them that she is a major asset to their cause.
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