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Caitlyn Jenner spoke out against transgender girls participating in women's sports this week and advocacy groups are not happy about it.
The former Olympic gold medalist and longtime Republican said in a recent interview with TMZ that it's a "question of fairness."
"That's why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls' sports in school," Jenner said. "It just isn't fair. And we have to protect girls' sports in our schools."
Jenner later tweeted about her quotes to TMZ, telling followers that she "didn’t expect to get asked this on my Saturday morning coffee run, but I’m clear about where I stand."
"It’s an issue of fairness and we need to protect girls’ sports in our schools," she reiterated.
Jenner's stance echoes recent legislation set forth in states like Mississippi
and most recently Florida
, which has banned transgender females from women’s and girls’ sports.
As per the Human Rights Campaign,
there are at least 22 bills in 17 states attempting to do the same. "Every kid deserves to play sports consistent with their gender identity," says the organization. "We’ll continue to fight against discriminatory attempts like this in other states."
In response to Jenner's remarks, Equality California
tweeted about Jenner and told followers that Jenner is "willing to sacrifice the health & well-being of #trans kids to win votes."
Notably, the 71-year-old announced a run for governor
of California last month and is reportedly running with a team of “prominent GOP operatives including Tony Fabrizio, the top pollster on Donald Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, and Steven Cheung, a former Trump White House and campaign communications hand who worked on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful 2003 recall campaign,” as per Axios