Republican California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner contradicted a previous claim that biological boys should not be permitted to compete in girls’ sports. Jenner said on Fox News Wednesday that boys who identified as girls at “a very young age” ought to be able to do so.
“I’m not running as a trans activist, I’m running as a California citizen that has lived there for 48 years,” said Jenner. “What I would do as governor is I would put together a commission. Trans women compete in the Olympics, they compete in the NCAA, but when it gets down to the high school level, there’s no guide rules, there’s no rules and regulations how they can.”
“And trans women who are truly trans, who at a very young age, you know, started proper medical treatment, they’ve grown up as girls — of course, they should be able to compete in girls’ sports,” Jenner said. “But yeah, some guy who hasn’t done any therapy, hasn’t done anything, there has to be a review board. And I would be the first governor to put together a review board to review each case,” Jenner added. “Such a small issue. It’s like a nonissue that’s out there. And I would be surprised if there’s 30 trans athletes in the entire state.”
These remarks are in contrast with Jenner’s espoused position in early May. “This is a question of fairness,” the former gold-medal Olympian said less than one month ago. “That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls sports in school.”
The candidate held an even different position in 2020. “Every trans person … should have an opportunity to compete” in sports, Jenner said on a podcast at the time. “And yeah, I want to, hopefully, they’ll have the opportunity in the future to do whatever they can do. I’m all for it. I’m all for it.”
Jenner’s campaign did not immediately respond to The Federalist’s request for clarification on the candidate’s position.