Caitlyn Jenner has claimed, in an address to the British Parliament, that Donald Trump has set the transgender community in the US “back 20 years.”
The “I Am Cait” star, a registered Republican, urged the UK “not to go down the same road” in her address in the House of Commons. The address was the featured speech at Channel 4’s annual diversity lecture.
Jenner reportedly voted for Trump, but subsequently revealed a case of buyer’s remorse after branding his decision to end federal protections allowing transgender students to use bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity a “disaster.”
Introduced by Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon, Jenner also called London possibly the “most culturally diverse city in the world.”
Jenner, who transitioned in 2015, discussed the first few years of her experience. “When I came out, the first year was very good, everything was going along great and then all of a sudden I became this person of privilege. I didn’t ‘get it’ when it came to the trans community, we have a very marginalized community and I didn’t get it and I got so much of this for so long. I will never apologize for everything I’ve been able to do because I’ve worked very hard and I’m not going to apologize for working hard and being successful. But what that does is gives me a sense of privilege, but it also gives me a platform.”
“I always suggest to every trans person out there, everybody has a platform that they can utilize to make it just a little bit better for the next generation coming up,” she added.
Jenner’s comments come after the move to feature her in the lecture was criticized by a number of people. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Carmen Carrera said Jenner’s “number one mission was to be the Mother Teresa of this community,” while transgender comedian Shon Faye said Jenner’s life story is “far removed from what British politicians need to be hearing and considering on this issue.”
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