Petition calls for Caitlyn Jenner’s Olympic medals to be taken away
A petition has been started asking the Olympic Committee to remove Caitlyn Jenner’s medals.
She won a gold medal in the men’s decathlon in the 1976 Olympics, as well as gold in the same event in the 1975 Pan American Games.
The step-parent to the Kardashians, Caitlyn Jenner revealed her new name as she appeared on the latest cover of Vanity Fair.
The change.org petition states that as she competed in the men’s event, her medals should no longer be valid since she has spoken about her identity as a woman.
It says: “It has recently come to light that gold medallist 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 Decathlon 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.”