During the presidential election, Caitlyn Jenner — an outspoken Republican supporter and transgender woman — refused to “give up” on the party despite its actively anti-LGBT rhetoric. The former Olympic gold medalist said that although she was disappointed by the party’s platform on LGBT issues — which opposes transgender rights legislation and has called for a “religious freedom” law that would allow anti-LGBT legislation — she still held out hope for the party’s relationship with the LGBT community.
But President Trump’s decision this week to roll back guidance introduced by the Obama administration on transgender bathroom access has prompted a backlash from Jenner. In a video posted on Twitter, she criticized the Trump administration’s rollback of the policy, which allowed transgender students in public schools to use the bathroom that corresponded with their chosen gender rather than their biological gender. Referring to the decision as a ‘disaster,’ Jenner said, “You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community … call me.”
Jenner has been criticized by some for not using her position of influence to better champion LGBT rights within the GOP, but in a rare nod of solidarity with the LGBT community, she went on to specifically address her message to transgender kids. “You’re winning,” she said. “I know it doesn’t feel like it today or every day but, you’re winning.“ Very soon we will win full freedom nationwide, and it’s going to be with bipartisan support.” Referencing the upcoming court case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender student challenging Virginia school district over its anti-transgender bathroom policy, Jenner said told Trump “We’ll see you in court.”
Watch Jenner’s full message below.
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) February 24, 2017
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