Caitlyn Jenner says the faith she placed in President Donald Trump to improve the standing of transgender people was mistaken.
In a column she wrote for The Washington Post on Thursday, Jenner said she's learned much more about the LGBTQ community than she knew when she pledged her support for then-candidate Trump ahead of the 2016 election.
"Sadly, I was wrong. The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president. The leader of our nation has shown no regard for an already marginalized and struggling community. He has ignored our humanity. He has insulted our dignity. He has made trans people into political pawns as he whips up animus against us in an attempt to energize the most right-wing segment of his party, claiming his anti-transgender policies are meant to 'protect the country.' This is politics at its worst. It is unacceptable, it is upsetting, and it has deeply, personally hurt me."
Jenner was drawn to write the column following the reported leak of a Department of Human Health Services memo that proposed defining gender as an immutable biological condition determined by a person’s sex organs at birth. Under the proposal, genetic testing would resolve any disputes about gender.
Jenner's support of Trump was widely decried in the LGBTQ community. In Thursday's column, she vowed to listen to it better.
"I am more determined than ever to find the best way to bring trans issues to the fore of our social and political conversation, domestically and abroad," Jenner wrote. "I need to listen more to the members of the LGBTQ community and to learn more. I need to better use my voice, my privilege and my foundation to advocate and support our community."
Jenner came out as transgender on the cover of Vanity Fair Magazine in 2015.