Thousands of people signed a petition asking that the LGBT community stop recognizing Jenner : she's been nothing but "harmful."
A petition to rescind an award for Caitlyn Jenner from the St. John’s Well Child & Family Center seems to have worked as the star has announced she will not be accepting it.
The petition was penned by Ashlee Marie Preston on behalf of Trans Liberation Now asked that LGBT organizations stop honoring Jenner because she has been, “nothing but harmful to the LGBTQ community.”
Jenner in response made a statement via a blog post:
“Last week, I had the honor of sitting with the staff of St. John’s Trans Health Program. With open hearts, everyone around the table shared their thoughts and feelings about the times that we’re in, and what we could do to heal the pain of our community together,”
“In this spirit of unity and love, I’m going to decline the award they so graciously offered me for supporting their mission. I understand that my presence is distracting from the real purpose of the event, which is to celebrate the important and life-saving work of St. John’s. I will continue my commitment to helping marginalized communities through my foundation.”
St. Johns responded with their own statement. According to LGBTQ Nation. The organization says they were only recognizing Jenner’s support for their transgender health program and those who utilize it.
“For us, it has always been about the patients who we serve. We have managed to focus on the human impact over politics. But, in today’s political climate, we realize that it is increasingly difficult to separate the two– especially because transgender lives are at risk every day under this new administration. This reality has renewed our commitment to work to create positive change and bring members of our community together to heal. That begins with listening to our brothers and sisters.”
“[W]e hear the concerns of local activists, and we take them very seriously. Therefore, Caitlyn will not be receiving an award at the Eleganza Ball or attending the event.”