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In 2015, Caitlyn Jenner Wanted Trans Athletes to Play as “Who They Really Are.” What Changed?



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In July 2015, Caitlyn Jenner had just publicly come out as a trans woman. She took the stage at the ESPYs—a quasi-award show hosted by ABC to crown ESPN as much as attendees—and thanked a series of trailblazers: Renee Richards, Chaz Bono, Laverne Cox, Arthur Ashe. She finished by saying she wanted “to acknowledge all the young trans athletes who are out there—given the chance to play sports as who they really are.”

This week Jenner, the former Olympic gold medalist and Kardashian TV personality, who has now announced her hopes to unseat California Gov. Gavin Newsom in an expected recall election later this year, reversed herself.

In an interview with TMZ, when Jenner was asked her opinion on “biological boys” participating in school sports, she responded that it was it “is a question of fairness.” “That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans from competing in girls sports in school,” she continued. “It just isn’t fair. We have to protect girl’s sports in our schools.”

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