Just when things surrounding haters of Caitlyn Jenner couldn’t get any more convoluted, an individual named Jennifer Bradford, from none other than Fort Worth, Texas, created a Change.org petition which claims the International Olympic Committee should take away Jenner’s medals.
Why, might you ask, does a total jerk from Texas claim that Jenner’s medals should be taken away? The petition states:
“Ms. Jenner (as talented as she is) claims that she has always believed herself to be truly female, and therefore, was in violation of committee rules regarding women competing in men’s sports and vice versa.”[Change.org]
Jenner won the gold medals in the men’s decathlon in the 1976 Olympics and the 1975 Pan American Games. The decathlon is an all-around competition field event that takes place over two days. The first day includes a 100-meter run, the long jump, shot put, high jump and a 400-meter run. The second day includes 110-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin, and a 1500-meter run.
I bet you’re asking yourself why anyone from Fort Worth, Texas would attack Jenner’s records making such wild claims. Considering how wildly popular Jenner has become, it’s likely the sad individual can’t stand the positive publicity a trans individual has received. In fact, E! announced recently that it will be releasing an 8-part documentary series called “I am Cait” in July of this year, which will likely garner more positive publicity for trans individuals.
As much as Jennifer Bradford would like for Jenner to be stripped of her medals, anti-trans haters won’t ever seem to get it through their heads. You can’t retroactively discriminate against LGBT individuals. This is nothing but an attempt to trans-shame Jenner and force her back into the closet. The majority of our society supports the advancement of LGBT rights, and Jenner’s popularity is a testament to that. I hope Jennifer Bradford will remove her petition, as it only embarrasses the United States. If there is one thing that is unpatriotic, it’s trying to take away the Olympic medals of your fellow citizen, so do yourself a favor Jennifer Bradford: move to Russia where I’m sure your fellow countrymen would be glad to help you strip LGBT citizens of their Olympic gold medals.
Watch a Sneak Peak of Jenner’s Documentary Series from E!: