Longtime Republican Caitlyn Jenner, born Bruce Jenner, Olympic gold-medalist and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star, revoked her support of Donald Trump Thursday.
In an op-ed titled, “I thought Trump would help trans people. I was wrong,” Jenner expressed her frustration with President Trump for breaking his promise to stand up for the LGBTQ community as he promised during the 2016 Republican National Convention.
For Jenner, the Trump administration’s recent announcement that it would narrowly define gender as biological and assigned at birth, was the last straw. “Believing that I could work with Trump and his administration to support our community was a mistake,” Jenner said.
Jenner came out as a trans woman in 2015. When Donald Trump was elected President, as she says, her “life as an out trans woman was just beginning.” Jenner has traveled to Washington many times during Trump’s presidency to meet with elected officials and political influencers. She found the meetings encouraging, and was initially hopeful that she could, “leverage her privilege for change.”
But, she says, President Trump let her down by attacking the LGBTQ community rather than standing up for them.
The President is trying to bar transgender people from serving in the military, has challenged health care protections for transgender people and now his administration says it will narrowly define gender as biological and determined at birth.
Jenner is one of many prominent Republicans incensed by Trump’s latest attack on the LGBTQ community.