Earlier this month, Caitlyn Jenner had her say on one of the most divisive topics at the minute: trans athletes in sports.
The former Olympic athlete claimed trans girls should not compete in female sports, quite predictably causing a huge uproar online...
And now, professional soccer player Megan Rapinoe has had her say on Jenner's claim.
Here's the full story...
Now, who doesn't know of Caitlyn Jenner?!
As a child, Caitlyn always had a passion for sports and athletics...
Picking up on her talent, her college track coach encouraged her to train for the Olympic decathlon...
And in 1972, Caitlyn placed third in the Olympic trials and tenth at the Munich Games.
She went on to become one of the most beloved athletes of the '70s.
The gold medal-winning track star set a world record in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, scoring a staggering 8,634 points.
Following her Olympic success, she remained well and truly in the spotlight.
This was maintained through a number of TV appearances and endorsements, Jenner remained in the public eye.
From the late '70s to the early '00s, she worked on several TV series and appeared in a handful of TV movies.
But there's another thing Caitlyn is very well known for...
And that's Keeping Up With The Kardashians, of course!
Caitlyn became a huge part of the hit reality show...
via: GettyShe came into momager Kris' life after the death of her first husband, Robert Kardashian. She had 2 children with Kris (Kendall, and Kylie) and was hastily blended as a significant role model to all the Kardashian sisters.
But of course, we all know about the famous Caitlyn Jenner transformation.
via: GettyCaitlyn first announced she would be beginning her gender transition back in 2015 - and she even launched her own reality show titled I Am Cait, chronicling her journey throughout her transition.
2 years later, in true Kardashian-Jenner fashion, she went public on the cover of Vanity Fair.
And she couldn't be happier!
In her debut Vanity Fair interview as Caitlyn, she explained how liberating it felt to finally be open as a woman: "I have nothing left to hide. I am kind of a free person, a free soul. Up to this point, I would wear, you know, Bruce would wear sweatshirts with hoods on them so paparazzi can’t get pictures and all that kind of crap."
Caitlyn insists that she is a nicer person than ever now she has transitioned.
When asked about sending a full airplane out just to pick up her mom, Caitlyn explained:
"I know. What I told her: 'Isn't Caitlyn a much better friend?' Bruce, he would never send a plane. No, no, no, what a jerk the guy was, O.K., Caitlyn is like, 'Send the plane. Mom, we're sending a plane, we're going to go pick you up and bring you down here.'... It seems like she has a lot more friends than he ever had."
Yet, despite Cait being happier and more popular than ever...
Her transition understandably took its toll on her daughters, Kendall and Kylie. "My dad says it herself sometimes, it's kind of like mourning the loss of someone, because it is," Kendall said in a candid interview about Caitlyn's transition, "My dad is my dad, but he’s not there physically anymore. But she lets me call her dad - that's the last little piece of dad I've got."
Though Kendall insists that she'd known about Caitlyn's gender identity for years.
"It's an adjustment. It's something you have to get used to. But I've known since I was a kid," Kendall revealed in the same interview. "He never confirmed it to me, but I’ve known for a very long time. It's the same person."
There has been a noticeable strain in Caitlyn's relationship with her daughters since her transition.
via: GettyAnd Kendall has remained loyal to her mom, Kris, during her parents' on-and-off feuds. "Kendall is loyal to Kris[Jenner] and has very little to do with her dad. The more time that has passed, the more she feels Caitlyn has let her down with the things she has said and with her actions," a source shared with E! News back in 2017.
However, it's been a few years since her transition now...
And even though they have been through some pretty rough patches, the family seems to have worked things out.
Cait prides herself on using her celebrity status to spread a positive message of tolerance.
“If there is one thing I do know about my life, it is the power of the spotlight," Jenner said. “Sometimes it gets overwhelming, but with attention comes responsibility," she explained during her EPSY awards speech, in which she received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage.
"As a group, as athletes, how you conduct your lives, what you say, what you do, is absorbed and observed by millions of people, especially young people. I know I’m clear with my responsibility going forward, to tell my story the right way — for me, to keep learning, to do whatever I can to reshape the landscape of how trans issues are viewed, how trans people are treated. And then more broadly to promote a very simple idea: accepting people for who they are. Accepting people’s differences."
She is passionate about paving the way for transgender children, and that's all that matters to her.
Well, it's clear now that Cait's family is super proud of her achievements...
But recently she revealed she's planning on expanding her horizons.
She's taking a step back from her parenting duties and embarking on her own journey into the world of politics.
And Jenner if officially running for the Governor of California.
" have been a compassionate disrupter throughout my life, from representing the United States and winning a gold medal at the Olympics to helping advance the movement for equality."
"As Californians, we face a now-or-never opportunity to fundamentally fix our state before it's too late."
"This isn't the California we know. This is Gavin Newsom's California, where he orders us to stay home but goes out to dinner with his lobbyist friends."
But what's the latest Jenner news?
Well speaking recently to TMZ, Jenner spoke about trans women in sport.
And she does not believe they should compete in women's sports.
She says it's due to fairness.
I 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.https://t.co/YODLDQ3csP— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) May 1, 2021
More specifically, Caitlyn said:
"This is a question of fairness. That's why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girl sports in school. It just isn't fair. And we have to protect girl sports in our schools."
As you can imagine, many people hit back at Caitlyn's claim...
But trans athletes don’t, right? According to you, they must choose between being who they are or playing a sport or sports they love. So, nice for you that you can be yourself. You don’t extend that sentiment to other trans folk.— Southern Left (@left_southern) May 7, 2021
Caitlyn Jenner doesn’t want trans- girls competing in girls sports- but played in women’s golf tournament.— Baligubadle (@Baligubadle1) May 6, 2021
Say it with us (and LOUD for the reporters in the back of the room that don't get it):— NCLR – National Center for Lesbian Rights (@NCLRights) May 5, 2021
Caitlyn Jenner is NOT a #trans rights activist. She proved that by supporting the transphobic previous president, and she proved it again this weekend by supporting anti-trans sports bills.
And the latest person to hit back at Caitlyn is professional soccer player and LGBTQ+ advocate, Megan Rapinoe.
As she claimed that sports have been used as "another avenue to attack" trans people's rights.
During an interview with Fubo Sports Network's 'The Cooligans', Megan said about Caitlyn:
"You were an exceptional athlete. You're not an exceptional politician."
You can watch her full interview above.