Caitlyn Jenner says that she has given up her support for President Donald Trump, writing in Op-Ed for The Washington Post that it was “a mistake” to have thought that he would show respect for the transgender community. Despite having expressed optimism about Trump after visiting the White House last year, Jenner wrote, “The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president.”
“Believing that I could work with Trump and his administration to support our community was a mistake,” she acknowledged. “I do not support Trump. I must learn from my mistakes and move forward.”
Over the course of Trump’s time in office, the White House has revoked Obama-era protections that let people use bathrooms conforming with their gender identity, banned transgender people from serving in the military, determined that 1964 federal civil rights law does not forbid employment discrimination against transgender workers, and, most recently, moved to define gender under Title IX as solely male or female at birth — with no allowance for change later if a person identified as a different gender than the biological sex assigned at birth.
“He has ignored our humanity. He has insulted our dignity. He has made trans people into political pawns as he whips up animus against us in an attempt to energize the most right-wing segment of his party, claiming his anti-transgender policies are meant to ‘protect the country.’ This is politics at its worst. It is unacceptable, it is upsetting, and it has deeply, personally hurt me,” wrote Jenner.
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