TV personality Caitlyn Jenner was left ‘shaken’ after she was confronted by trans activists for not representing ‘the real trans women of America’.
The footage, recorded in November 2015 and shown on the latest episode of Jenner’s reality show ‘I Am Cait’, saw activists picketing a charity event where Jenner was talking.
One of the activists, speaking through a megaphone and had obscured their face with a balaclava, said: ‘Caitlyn Jenner you’re an insult to all trans people. You don’t represent us. You’re a disgrace to our community. You have no right to speak for us. You get those awards and you dress up but you have no idea what it’s really like.
‘We don’t get jobs, we don’t get any money, but you get all these awards. It isn’t all fun and games. You don’t care about the real trans women of America. You don’t speak for us, we didn’t ask for your help.’
Jenner tried to talk to the activist, telling them: ‘I’m not representing you, I’m representing myself.’
After she put her hand on the shoulder of the activist, one of their friends confronted Jenner yelling: ‘Don’t you fucking touch her!’
Caitlyn then spoke to one of the calmer activists, who told her: ‘I want a job too. I can’t get one, because I’m trans and I’m black.’
Jenner’s entourage were not impressed by the activists’ confrontation.
Chandi Moore, a friend of Jenner that appears on the show, said: ‘You can’t even show your face, so how are you gonna speak about what’s an insult to our community and you can’t even represent yourself and show who you are?
‘What are you doing to further our community? If you’re out here willing to invest your energy and your time into trying to tear someone down, you could be using that same energy to lift someone up, and you’re not doing anything, so what’s the issue?’
Trans activist and author Kate Bornstein, who also appears in the show, added: ‘All trans people are convinced they have the truth about trans. Nobody else is trans but them.’
The activist group, calling themselves ‘I Ain’t Cait’, staged the protest following Jenner’s comments on social housing.
In a Facebook statement, they said: ‘Caitlyn Jenner… lives in a mansion and has a net worth of millions of dollars, while the average trans person has a 41 percent chance of experiencing homelessness and a nearly 50 percent chance of living off less than $10k per year.
‘Caitlyn Jenner doesn’t represent trans people!’