American television personality and retired Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete, Caitlyn Jenner has urged Britain’s House of Commons “not to go down the same road” that the U.S. has when it comes to transgender rights.
Giving a diversity lecture sponsored by the U.K.’s Channel 4, the 68-year-old criticized decisions such as President Trump’s proposed ban on transgender military personnel.
His administration has set the trans community “back 20 years,” said Jenner, a registered Republican who initially supported Trump’s presidential bid.
That was perhaps the strongest opinion expressed by Jenner, who also addressed issues around her own alleged privilege. Her status had been criticized strongly by some when she was invited to give the speech.
“I’m not going to apologize for working hard and being successful,” she said, according to the Irish News.
“But what that does is yes, give me a sense of privilege — but it also gives me a platform.”
The aim of the Channel 4 diversity lecture is to raise awareness and stimulate public debate about diversity issues,” explains a spokesperson for Channel 4.
“Caitlyn Jenner is one of the most high-profile transgender people in the world and her transition brought transgender issues into the mainstream, helping to stimulate debate and increase awareness.
68-year-old Jenner, follows Actors, Idris Elba and Riz Ahmed who spoke at the diversity lecture in 2016 and 2017.
Watch their speeches on your Gay Nation below: