After admitting US President Donald Trump is not good for LGBTI people, trans reality TV star, Caitlyn Jenner has donated US$50,000 to LGBTI charities in Arizona.
The former Olympic champion made the charitable donations as part of her Caitlyn Jenner Foundation.
‘I had a great time today distributing four grants to extremely deserving organizations in the Phoenix area. I am blessed to be a part of this community,’ Jenner wrote on social media.
Jenner, who came out as trans in 2015, has been a controversial spokesperson for the LGBTI community. But through her foundation and reality TV show, I Am Cait, Jenner has tried to raise awareness about trans issues.
‘I want to concentrate on this next generation coming up, the ones that are 5 to 15 to 20 years old, this next generation coming up to make it easier for them,’ she told Fox10 Phoenix.
‘Don’t put all of these challenges out in front of them. Make it more normal.’
The recipients of Jenner’s latest donation include Phoenix’s Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS for its Transgender Resource and Navigation Service (TRANS) program. Other recipients included: GLSEN Phoenix – which works to makes schools safe for LGBTI, volunteer group Arizona Trans Youth and Parent Organization (AZTYPO) and Mulligan’s Manor which provides a safe house for young LGBTI people.
Jenner and Trump
Jenner’s donations come just days after she publicly withdrew her support of President Trump.
In an op-ed written for the Washington Post, Jenner explained her early support for the political candidate.
‘Following Trump’s election as president, I saw fertile ground for change within the Republican Party on LGBTQ issues,’ she wrote.
‘The reality is that the trans community is being relentlessly attacked by this president.
‘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”
‘I cannot support anyone who is working against our community. I do not support Trump. I must learn from my mistakes and move forward.’