Caitlyn Jenner, former Olympic U.S. athlete and transgender activist has penned an op-ed saying “I was wrong” about President Donald Trump’s commitment to LGBTQ rights.
Jenner in a Washington Post column said Trump has “relentlessly attacked” the transgender community.
“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 community,” Jenner said in a column published in The Washington Post Thursday.
“Sadly, I was wrong,” added the lifelong Republican. “The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president.”
LGBT leaders across the U.S. reacted with fury earlier this month to a report that the Trump administration is considering adoption of a new definition of gender that would effectively deny federal recognition and civil rights protections to transgender Americans.
According to reports, the Department of Health and Human Services was circulating a memo proposing that gender be defined as an immutable biological condition determined by a person’s sex organs at birth.
The proposal would define sex as either male or female, and any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified through genetic testing, according to the Times’ account of the memo.
She said since Trump was elected he has used trans people as 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 politics 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,” Jenner said.
Jenner mentioned the leaked memo by the Department of Health and Human Services and denounced Trump administration’s ban on trans people serving in the military and his administration’s rollback of Obama-era protections for trans schoolchildren.