A petition has popped up on Change.org calling on Caitlyn Jenner to be stripped of her gold medals because she “competed as a man while believing herself to be a woman”.
Jenner’s first interview where she has talked about her transition was widely celebrated, with even Barack Obama speaking of Jenner’s courage for being so open with her feelings and her life and to share her story with the world.
But, the petition reads “Ms Jenner claims that she has always believed herself to be truly female, and therefore, was in violation of committee rules.”
As of the time of writing, almost 2,500 people have signed the petition, calling for Jenner to return the medals won in the 1976 Olympics.
And on Twitter #GiveBackTheGold is starting to gain a (small) amount of momentum.
The page reads as follows:
“Dear International Olympic Committee,
It has recently come to light that gold medalist Bruce Jenner is in fact transgender, and therefore, identifies as a woman. We congratulate Ms. Jenner on these new developments and wish her the best. However, this creates somewhat of a problem as Ms. Jenner (as talented as she is) claims that she has always believed herself to be truly female, and therefore, was in violation of committee rules regarding women competing in men’s sports and vice versa. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that we must ask whether or not it is proper that Ms. Jenner should retain her olympic records in light of this, as we must now either claim that Bruce Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner are two entirely different people (which we know is not true), or that Bruce Jenner was, in fact, a woman participating in a men’s event. It is only fair to all involved that women receive their credit as champions of the Decathalon and that the men racing Ms. Jenner are not expected to compete with a superior, streamlined being such as herself.
We urge Ms. Jenner to support the transgender community by giving up the medals earned by competing against the wrong gender.
Thank you, and congratulations to Ms. Jenner for her courage!