Caitlyn Jenner said she was wrong about the Trump administration’s attitude towards the LGBTQI community. (Reuters: Danny Moloshok)
Caitlyn Jenner, America’s best-known transgender celebrity, said she was wrong to support President Donald Trump, and that he has insulted the transgender community and turned them into political pawns.
- Jenner voted republican in the 2016 presidential election despite criticism from the LGBTQI community
- She had hoped to work with the Trump administration but said trans community “is being relentlessly attacked” by the President
- Jenner and rapper Kanye West have been two of the biggest celebrity supporters of Mr Trump
Jenner, 68, voted for Mr Trump in the 2016 presidential election despite criticism from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) community.
In an opinion piece for The Washington Post she said she had hoped to work with Mr Trump and Republican policymakers to support transgender people.
“Sadly, I was wrong. The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president,” she wrote.
“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 energise the most right-wing segment of his party.”
Jenner’s opinion piece was published after a report this week said the Trump administration was attempting to create a narrow definition of gender as being only male or female and unchangeable once it is determined at birth.
“It is unacceptable, it is upsetting, and it has deeply, personally hurt me,” wrote Jenner.
Jenner, and rapper Kanye West who is married to Kim Kardashian, have been two of the biggest celebrity supporters of Mr Trump.
But she wrote: “I cannot support anyone who is working against our community. I do not support Trump. I must learn from my mistakes and move forward.”
The transgender celebrity tweeted earlier in the week at Mr Trump directly, saying that “trans people won’t be erased”.
Jenner’s criticism of Mr Trump has drawn fire from supporters of the LGBTQI community who, rather than celebrate her change of heart, attacked her for her past support for the Republican party and Mr Trump.
Donald Trump’s administration was attempting to narrow the definition of gender. (Reuters: Yuri Gripas)
In a comment to Jenner’s post Twitter user Marcella Angeles said: “As Democrats say, Republicans typically are voting against their own best interests. Do you get it now? They came for you. You were warned it would happen but you believed your privilege would protect you.”
Korey Blaine wrote: “To be fair, the only way anyone could have seen this coming would’ve been to pay literally any attention at all to the 2016 election.”
Jenner said she saw “fertile ground” when Mr Trump was elected.
“Following [Mr] Trump’s election as President, I saw fertile ground for change within the Republican Party on LGBTQ[I] issues,” she wrote for the Post.
“[Mr] Trump was the first Republican presidential candidate to claim to support this valuable, vulnerable community, and I was encouraged by the applause he received when he said at the Republican National Convention in July 2016 that he would stand up for the LGBTQ[I] community.”
Mr Trump has not responded to Jenner’s criticism.