Caitlyn Jenner Finally Realised The Trump Administration Doesn't Support LGBTQ+ Community
In the lead-up to and after the election of Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner was a rare yet vocal member of the LGBTQ+ community who pledged unfettering support. Now, she's reconsidering.
In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Jenner admits she made a mistake by supporting Trump, saying "the reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president."
It's truly difficult to write this story without attaching a GIF of someone rolling their eyes after every quote, but we will absolutely attempt it.
Jenner claimed Trump had used the trans community as "political pawns" both in his attempt to ban trans folk from serving in the military as well as the more recent memo that outlined proposed changes to define gender as fixed and biological.
Essentially, the Trump administration reportedly wanted to not just walk back policies the Obama administration had introduced, but erase trans recognition.
"He has ignored our humanity," Jenner wrote, "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."
"It is unacceptable, it is upsetting, and it has deeply, personally hurt me," the 68-year-old wrote.
Jenner has struggled to come to terms with the Trump administration's ongoing attacks on LGBTQ Americans and in February of last year, she posted a video to social media asking Trump to call her.
Days later she was still seen sporting her "Make America Great Again" cap.
Jenner's newfound change of heart -- in the op-ed, she admits to no longer supporting Trump -- hasn't been warmly received by those who have long opposed the president.
Jenner's reasoning, she explains, came from seeing Trump as "the first Republican presidential candidate to claim to support" the LGBTQ+ community.
"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."
"Despite the criticism I received from segments of the LGBTQ community for engaging with this administration," Jenner wrote, "I remained hopeful for positive change."
"Sadly, I was wrong."
You can read Jenner's full op-ed at the Washington Post.
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