Jenner, herself a transgender woman and former Olympic athlete, made the remarks to the American news outlet TMZ on Saturday, as she returned to her car following the “morning coffee run”.
She told the reporter: “This is a question of fairness. That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school.
“It just isn’t fair, and we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools.”
Asked if preventing trans girls from competing is “delegitimising” their identity, Jenner, 71, chose not to respond, instead wishing the journalist a good day.
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The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star later shared the interview to Twitter, where she once again stressed it was “an issue of fairness” and that she is “clear about where I stand”.
Her stance has since been challenged by many online, who have condemned her comments as anti-trans and said that there is “no evidence” of trans girls having an advantage over their cisgender teammates:
Piers Morgan, however, was among those to defend the 71-year-old and offer her their support:
It comes days after new laws were passed in Florida that would restrict girls’ sports team access exclusively to people who were born female.
Dozens of other states are considering similar legislature, with laws already passed in Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia and Mississippi.
It has not been conclusively proven that testosterone levels lead trans women to outperform their cisgender counterparts in some sports, according to research cited by TMZ.
Studies suggest that once trans girls start hormone therapy their performances tend to level out.
Jenner announced on 23 April that she is running as a Republican to be the next governor of California, saying that Sacramento “needs an honest leader with a clear vision”.
So far she has only revealed vague hints of her plans via social media, with no specifics on what she might do if elected.
Still, she has nearly 11 million Instagram followers and 3.5 million followers on Twitter, so she knows how to reach an audience...