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Although Caitlyn Jenner would be the first transgender female governor if elected to lead California, she has been largely opposed by the transgender community, who see their Republican views as coming from a place of privilege.
“She is completely aloof,” said Bamby Salcedo, president of the TransLatin @ Coalition, an advocacy group. “All of this is really about them. It’s not about the issues, not about the people.”
Christine Hallquist, the first transgender woman to run for governor in 2018, told the San Francisco Chronicle that Jenner does not understand the challenges trans people face.
“Unfortunately, because of her background and reputation, she has become the figurehead we don’t want,” Hallquist said. “She hasn’t really done anything to raise the voices of those who cannot speak for themselves.”
Quoting violence in the transgender community, Salcedo said of Jenner, “She will never understand what it is like to be scared of walking down the street for you.” The human rights campaign reported that 44 transgender people were killed in 2020, a number that activists say is high.
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Contempt mounted after Jenner said she did not support transgender girls participating in girls’ sports. “I’ll keep going,” Jenner told Fox News’ Sean Hannity of the tension between her and the LGBT community.
LGBT activist Charlotte Clymer called Jenner “a panderer,” “a hypocrite,” and “a hateful person who has no problem targeting trans people to build her brand.”
Clymer called Jenner the “Phyllis Schlafly” of her ward. Schlafly was a conservative activist who defied the 1960s women’s movement and became famous for working to stop the Equal Rights Amendment.
Aria Sa’id, executive director of the transgender district in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, said Republicans accept Jenner and look beyond her trans identity because of her whiteness and wealth.
“It’s conditional acceptance,” she said, according to the Chronicle. “People will conditionally accept people who reflect them in some way and not in any other way.”
“It’s beyond privilege,” Sa’id said. “She is protected in her upscale Malibu mansion with a net worth of over $ 100 million. Caitlyn lives in a bubble and represents people who live in that bubble, people bothered by the social problems we see feel.”
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Jenner recently reposted a Donald Trump Jr. Instagram that featured a photo of Jenner next to President Joe Biden’s Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, who is also transgender. “Conservative girls just look better,” wrote Trump Jr. Jenner reposted it with a laughing emoji.
Actress Alexandra Billings, a transgender activist, said the post “speaks volumes about your self-loathing and your overt transphobia”.
The former Olympian and famous member of the Kardashian dynasty jumped into the California recall race last month to replace Governor Gavin Newsom. She said she doesn’t like “labels” but has identified herself as fiscally conservative and socially liberal. She has been registered as a Republican for decades.
Shortly thereafter, she told Hannity that she felt an obligation “to come out and make a difference in what is probably the most marginalized community in the world”.
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She got emotional talking about her transition from Bruce to Caitlyn.
“I’m just trying to be myself, and I can be myself now,” Jenner told Hannity. “I couldn’t do it before because I had too many secrets … I have no more secrets and I just wake up and be myself all day. But I still feel like I’m doing the right thing. And that is the most important thing. “