Transgender model, Isis King, broke her silence of an unpleasant experience with transgender reality star, Caitlyn Jenner, shortly after Jenner openly criticized Trump’s administration decision to rescind Obama-era guidance that protected transgender students in public schools.
King attended TransNation Queen USA Pageant in October in which when encountering Jenner, The KUWTK star allegedly ignored King’s presence, then cut in front of her to take an empty elevator for herself and her team.
“I could not believe that this happened to me and immediately felt as if I had just been asked to move to the back of the bus,” King writes in the letter. “It was as if I was not good enough, not worthy enough, not rich enough, not famous enough to ride with these three white women. … The amount of privilege that was thrown in my face made me feel so uncomfortable.”
— Isis King (@MsIsisKing) February 24, 2017
King, who is also the first transgender to compete in America’s Next Top Model, suggests that the insult represents a larger issue in the trans community when it comes to power, privilege and visibility: “I have, like so many women of color, helped blazed [sic] trails for our sisters, brothers and siblings, and I have seen how you treated me. We do not need you to save us.”
On Thursday, Jenner called out the Trump administration’s transgender bathroom protection calling it a “disaster” and telling the president “we’ll see you in court” even though Jenner was an avid supporter during Trump’s run for president including attending Trump’s inauguration.
Jenner received backlash from the LGBTQ community.
— Kristina Wong ❄️ (@mskristinawong) February 24, 2017
Caitlyn Jenner to Trump: "this is a disaster."
WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU EXPECTING?
— Five Star Man (@ProtoExemplar) February 24, 2017
— Dr. DaShanne Stokes (@DaShanneStokes) February 24, 2017
***As of an update given today, King said in an interview with TooFab.com that Jenner called following the tweet of the open letter, and the pair have now “resolved everything.”
I have a message for the trans kids of America. You are winning. I know it doesn’t feel that way today or every day, but you _ are _ winning. You are going to keep on winning so much you’re going to get sick of winning. Very soon, we'll win full freedom nationwide, and it’s going to happen with bipartisan support. For all our friends out there, If you want to be part of this winning side, you can help by checking out the National Center for Trans Equality and letting Washington hear how you feel loud and clear. (Link in bio!) Now…I also have a message for the bullies. You suck. You’re losers and you’re going to keep on losing. Because you’re weak, you pick on kids or you pick on women or anyone you think is vulnerable. Apparently even becoming the Attorney General isn’t enough to cure some of you of your insecurity. As proof that you can’t stop our progress, the Supreme Court will soon hear an important Title Nine case thanks to the courage of a brave young man named Gavin Grimm. See you in court!