Former Olympic champion Caitlyn Jenner, who is herself transgender, is opposed to biologocal male athletes competeing in girls sports, she believes “we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools.”
Jenner said that allowing trans girls who were born as boys to compete in all-female sports is “unfair” when confronted by a TMZ reporter on Saturday.
The former Olympic decathlon medallist and reality TV star who came out as transgender in 2015 said:
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“This is a question of fairness. That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school.”
RT reports: Jenner dodged a question about whether banning trans girls from female sports teams could “de-legitimize their identity,” but later doubled down on her statements on Twitter.
The issue of trans youths in sports has been a hotly debated topic in the US recently. More than 20 states have introduced conservative-led legislation to ban or limit athletes from competing on teams in line with their gender identity. While already signed into law in Mississippi, South Dakota and Alabama, similar legislation faced a pushback and vetoes in other states like North and South Dakota, Kansas and Pennsylvania.
Once one of the US’ most famous athletes who won a gold medal in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics, Jenner branched into a lucrative sponsorship and TV career afterwards. However, she is best known nowadays for coming out as transgender in 2015, and for a reality TV show – ‘I am Cait’ – documenting her sex-change surgery.
Last week, Jenner announced her decision to run for governor of California, as a Republican – describing herself as “the only outsider” capable of breaking the Democratic Party’s decades-long “one party rule” over the Golden State.