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IOC Responds to Transphobic Jenner Petition

Filed By Ed Team | June 08, 2015 3:45 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: Caitlyn Jenner, Change.org, Olympics

A petition on site Change.org called for Caitlyn Jenner to be stripped of her olympic medals.

The extremely transpobic petition states:

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!


See the rare IOC after the jump.

Change.org responded to calls from media outlets to pull the petition on their site:

We appreciate the user feedback we have received on this petition, and we immediately removed hateful comments on the petition, consistent with our community guidelines. There is room for diverse opinions on Change.org, and Ms. Jenner's coming out has prompted many people to use our open platform to address issues impacting the transgender community. This petition has also led to widespread conversation across social and mainstream media, and today the International Olympic Committee announced they will not revoke the medals Bruce Jenner won in 1976.

Mark Adams, the communications director for the IOC told Yahoo News, "Bruce Jenner won his gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Games and there is no issue for the IOC"

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