Caitlyn Jenner is receiving backlash after she told TMZ on camera last week that transgender girls should not be able to compete in female sports – Entertainment Tonight reports.
The Olympic gold medalist and transgender woman recently announced she will be running for governor of California. She was asked about the trending topic on her morning coffee run by a TMZ camera person.
"This is a question of fairness. That's why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls' sports in school," Jenner told TMZ.
TMZ pressed on asking if banning trans girls from female sports was delegitimizing their identity, but Jenner disregarded the question, got in her vehicle, and said, "Have a good day."
Following the brief TMZ interview, Jenner backed up her comment on Twitter, saying that she's "clear about where I stand. It's an issue of fairness, and we need to protect girls' sports in our schools."
A U.K. advocacy group that supports transgender youth, Mermaids, is speaking out about Jenner's answer. Saying it was 'disappointing,' and tweeted, "We need positive [role] models and education, not exclusion and lazy scaremongering. Sport is for everyone."
RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Divina De Campo also expressed her opinion on Twitter, writing that Jenner's "track record on LGBTQ people is abysmal. Her talking about keeping people safe is laughable if she wasn't so dangerous. Just another rich old white woman."
On the other hand, Jenner received support from Piers Morgan, who tweeted that she was "Courageous and correct. If anyone understands how unfair it is, then it's surely, Caitlyn Jenner. Yet she will be destroyed by the trans lobby for stating the obvious."