In Diversity Speech, Caitlyn Jenner Says Trump Set Trans Community 'Back 20 Years'

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(EDGE) Earlier this month it was reported the U.K. TV network Channel 4 selected Caitlyn Jenner to deliver a diversity lecture at the House of Commons in the British Parliament. In her speech delivered on March 9, Jenner, a proud Republican, called out President Donald Trump and said he set back the transgender community in the U.S. "back 20 years," Deadline reports.

Jenner, who reportedly voted for Trump and has supported him in the past, urged U.K. lawmakers "not to go down the same road." She also discussed coming out as trans a few years ago. 

"When I came out the first year was very good, everything was going along great and then all of a sudden I became this person of privilege," the "I Am Cait" star said, according to Deadline. "I didn't 'get it' when it came to the trans community, we have a very marginalized community and I didn't get it and I got so much of this for so long. 

"I will never apologize for everything I've been able to do because I've worked very hard and I'm not going to apologize for working hard and being successful," Jenner added. "But what that does is gives me a sense of privilege but it also gives me a platform."

"I always suggest to every trans person out there, everybody has a platform that they can utilize to make it just a little bit better for the next generation coming up," she concluded.

Though she's showed support for Trump in the past, Jenner has changed her tune. In July 2017, she took issue with Trump's trans military ban. Before that, she claimed she was working with the Trump administration on LGBTQ issues.


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