A week after announcing her run for California’s next governor, Caitlyn Jenner said that transgender girls shouldn’t be allowed to compete in girls’ sports.
Jenner, a trans-Republican, was interviewed by TMZ about her opinion on the anti-LGBT bills making their way across the United States, more specifically, the bills that would ban trans female athletes from joining girls’ and women’s school sports teams.
“It just isn’t fair,” Jenner said to TMZ. “And we have to protect girls’ sports in our school.”
The reporter attempted to ask a follow-up question as to whether or not that would delegitimize trans people who have already transitioned, but Jenner got into her car without giving an answer.
The irony is that in 2015, Jenner gave an acceptance speech that was contradictory to her views on trans athletes today when she won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
“I also want to acknowledge all the young trans athletes who are out there — given the chance to play sports as who they really are,” she said. “And now, as of this week, it appears that trans people will soon be serving in the military. That’s a great idea. We have come a long way. But we have a lot of work to do.”
More recently Jenner supported trans people playing sports in an interview with Outsports in 2020 when she gave a statement regarding Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s decision to sign two anti-trans bills into law.
“I think every trans person, if they’re into athletics, should have an opportunity to compete and to improve themselves,” Jenner said. “I think sports is such a great way to learn a lot about yourself. And yeah, I want to, hopefully they’ll have the opportunity in the future to do whatever they can do. I’m all for it,” she said, and then said again, with more emphasis: “I’m all for it.”
She also competed in a women’s golf tournament for the ANA Inspiration Pro-Am in Rancho Mirage, California, in 2016.
A reality TV personality and trans rights activist who described herself as “economically conservative, socially progressive” in a People magazine interview, Jenner already has a rocky relationship with the LGBT community for her support of former President Donald Trump in 2016.
However, when Trump made the decision to reverse trans access to public school bathrooms and banned trans people from serving in the U.S. military, Jenner criticized him for it.
Jenner, 71, will face Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, in a recall election later this year.
Jenner isn’t the only one who is against trans girls competing in sports that align with their gender.
Representative Kaylee Tuck (R-Lake Placid) is the one who resurrected the bill in Florida, declaring that she was “proud to run this important legislation on behalf of all women and girls who deserve to compete on a level playing field.”
Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Heather Moraitis opposed a resolution brought by Commissioner Steve Glassman condemning the anti-trans bills making their way through the state legislature.
“To me this is about women's rights and women's equity in athletics. I will not be supporting it,” she said.
Equality Florida, a political advocacy group that advocates for civil rights and protections for LGBT people, criticized Moraitis’s decision.
“Commissioner Moraitis’ vote against this resolution and endorsement of the anti-trans youth sports ban is both hurtful and harmful,” said Senior Political Director and Former State Lawmaker Joe Saunders. “For nearly a decade, schools across Florida have had policies that protect transgender youth and ensure a level playing field for all students — and they’re working.”
Fox News host Sean Hannity is planning a "town hall" event with Jenner Wednesday at 6 p.m. Pacific Time in Malibu, California, and will be her first big TV appearance since her announcement of running for governor.