Newsom Draws Contrast With GOP Challenger Caitlyn Jenner After Her Comments On Transgender Athletes

Newsom Draws Contrast With GOP Challenger Caitlyn Jenner After Her Comments On Transgender Athletes

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EXCLUSIVE: In the wake of Caitlyn Jenner’s comments against transgender athletes competing on girls’ sports teams, California Gov. Gavin Newsom emphasized his support for transgender people.

A spokesperson for Newsom told Fox News the Democratic governor believes that the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause “applies to all Americans — regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.” 

The spokesperson noted the governor wants to ensure “trans Californians are fully acknowledged in accordance with their gender identity while interacting with public services” but stopped short of directly addressing transgender athletes competing in sports. 

California already allows students to “participate in activities consistent with their gender identity,” according to the spokeswoman and added the state “isn’t going backwards on these issues.” 

Caitlyn Jenner attends the 28th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party Sponsored By IMDb, Neuro Drinks And Walmart on February 09, 2020 in West Hollywood, California.  (Getty)

The matter of transgender athletes was put on the map once again on Saturday by Jenner, who is running as a Republican to unseat Newsom, in the upcoming recall election.  

Jenner, a former Olympic athlete who famously came out as transgender in 2015, told TMZ in an interview that she opposes allowing transgender athletes who were born male to compete on girls’ sports teams. 

“This is a question of fairness, that’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls sports in school,” Jenner said. “It just isn’t fair, and we have to protect girls sports in our schools.”

The remarks by the 71-year-old Jenner come after Florida lawmakers passed legislation that would ban transgender women and girls from competing on female sports teams. Republican Florida Gover

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