Caitlyn Jenner says she opposes transgender girls competing on girls sports team, which is a flip-flop from what she said last year during an interview.
In an interview posted on TMZ Saturday, Jenner, 71, was asked during a morning coffee run in Malibu to comment about legislation in various states that would ban transgender girls from participating on high school sports teams that reflect their gender identity.
“This is a question of fairness. That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school,” Jenner said. “It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools.”
Idaho, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and South Dakota have already established laws preventing transgender girls from playing on girls’ interscholastic sports teams.
Jenner’s opposition statement is a reversal from what she said last year to Outsports. In that interview, Jenner was asked about Idaho Gov. Brad Little signing a bill that would outlaw transgender girls from playing in high school sports.
“Every trans person, if they’re into athletics, should have an opportunity to compete and to improve themselves,” Jenner said. “Sports is such a great way to learn a lot about yourself. And yeah, I want to, hopefully, they’ll have the opportunity in the future to do whatever they can do. I’m all for it,” she said
Serious or publicity gimmick?
Jenner, a registered Republican, announced last month that she will challenge Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election.
The California Secretary of State’s office has confirmed that enough valid signatures were collected to place the recall on the ballot.
It’s unclear if Jenner is serious in her effort, or, as some observers have predicted, she wants to leverage the proposed run to keep in name in the spotlight and perhaps secure a “reality” TV show.
The recall effort was certified this week by the California Secretary of State’s office, which said the threshold for the number of valid signatures needed to place the recall on the ballot had been passed.
In 2018, Jenner paid $800,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from a 2015 fatal car crash, ABC News reported. Jenner was involved in the four-car pile-up in Malibu on Feb. 7 that resulted in the death of 70-year-old Kim Howe. Jenner was not charged with a crime and the Los Angeles County District Attorney said her speed was below the speed limit, and she engaged the brakes before impact.