Caitlyn Jenner and other celebs accused of homophobia and transphobia
The celebrity-turned-politician faces backlash for opposing transgender girls in all-girls school sports
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As if the world weren't difficult enough for the LGBTQ community, plenty of celebrities have used their positions as role models to make homophobic and/or transphobic comments. While some of these remarks appear born out of carelessness, others seemed to have plenty of intent behind them. And whereas some have apologized, others have certainly not.
In her first public statement since announcing her plan to run as a Republican for California Governor, Caitlyn Jenner took a controversial stance against trans girls being allowed to compete in all-girls school sports. On May 1, TMZ asked the transgender star and former sports icon about the legislation in other states that would ban transgender girls from girls sports, and she responded, “This is a question of fairness." She continued, "It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls' sports in our schools." Later in the day, she tweeted a link to the article and reiterated her opinion.
Her remarks brought on a wave of backlash from transgender activists and members of the LGBTQ+ community, including 'Transparent' alum Trace Lysette, who appeared on Jenner's show 'I Am Cait.' "Cait... this ain't it," Lysette tweeted. "When you're on hormones and or blockers there is not an advantage. I ran track at the club level with college girls and trust me there is no advantage. I would have went pro if I was able to run the times I ran before hormones etc."
Shakina Nayfack from Hulu's 'Difficult People' tweeted, "Caitlyn Jenner is classically uninformed, wildly privileged, and tragically self-hating." Actor George Takei wrote, "Caitlyn Jenner is no friend of the LGBTQ community. Don't call her an [activist]. She's a menace."
So, which other stars have faced such swift and immense backlash? Click on to find out.
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