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Jenner Says She Was 'Wrong' about Trump's Potential to Help Trans Community

Jenner Says She Was 'Wrong' about Trump's Potential to Help Trans Community

By    |   Thursday, 25 October 2018 04:52 PM

Transgender rights activist and former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner says she was “wrong” about President Donald Trump’s potential to help the LGBTQ community.

In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, Jenner, who was a prominent Trump supporter at the start of his administration, lauded him as the first Republican presidential candidate to claim to back “this valuable, vulnerable community.”

“Despite the criticism I received from segments of the LGBTQ community for engaging with this administration, I remained hopeful for positive change,” Jenner wrote. “Sadly, I was wrong.”

“The leader of our nation has shown no regard for an already marginalized and struggling community,” Jenner 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 energize the most right-wing segment of his party… This is politics at its worst. It is unacceptable, it is upsetting, and it has deeply, personally hurt me.”

The criticism comes in the wake of a report the Trump administration is considering a move to narrow the legal definition of gender by requiring individuals to identify as male or female based on their biological traits at birth. There are 1.4 million Americans who recognize themselves as transgender, the report noted.

 “Believing that I could work with Trump and his administration to support our community was a mistake,” Jenner wrote. “I do not support Trump. I must learn from my mistakes and move forward.”

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Transgender rights activist and former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner says she was "wrong" about President Donald Trump's potential to help the LGBTQ community.
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