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Caitlyn Jenner pens op-ed rebuking Trump: Supporting him was a ‘mistake’

Transgender rights activist and former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner wrote in a new op-ed that she was “wrong” about President Trump’s potential to help the LGBTQ community.

In an op-ed published Thursday in The Washington Post, Jenner writes that she believed in Trump’s claims that he would “stand up for the LGBTQ community,” and that she could work with the administration to advance trans issues.

{mosads}“Despite the criticism I received from segments of the LGBTQ community for engaging with this administration, I remained hopeful for positive change,” Jenner wrote. “Sadly, I was wrong.”

She later accused Trump of “relentlessly” attacking the transgender community through his policies, like the transgender military ban, and says that she feels “deeply, personally hurt,” by such policies.

“The leader of our nation has shown no regard for an already marginalized and struggling community,” Jenner writes. “He has ignored our humanity. He has insulted our dignity. He has made trans people into political pawns as he whips up animus against us in an attempt to energize the most right-wing segment of his party.”

Her op-ed comes after reports that the Trump administration is weighing a motion that would narrow the legal definition of gender by requiring individuals to identify as male or female based on their genitalia at birth, effectively excluding transgender and nonbinary individuals and threatening to roll back protections for more than 1 million Americans.

Jenner has faced repeated criticism from other prominent transgender figures for her past support for Trump. Though she has made several statements criticizing Trump’s policies on transgender rights, the op-ed marks Jenner’s strongest rebuke of the president yet.

“Believing that I could work with Trump and his administration to support our community was a mistake,” she wrote. “I do not support Trump. I must learn from my mistakes and move forward.”

In her op-ed, Jenner vowed to “work with anyone who is committed to help our community,” and to “listen” and “learn” more as she continues social and political work.

“I need to better use my voice, my privilege and my foundation to advocate for and support our community,” she writes. “The world needs to hear us. The world needs to know us. We will not be erased.”

Jenner tweeted an image with the repeated phrase “Trans people won’t be erased,” and tagged Trump in the post earlier this week.

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