Jenner was speaking at the Chicago House Speaker Series event on Thursday when she was confronted by activists who believed she was an unsuitable representative for the transgender community.
Caitlyn Jenner has spoken face-to-face with irate protestors who described her as an “insult to trans people”.
Jenner, 66, was recently chosen by Chicago House to deliver a keynote talk at their Speaker Series luncheon on Thursday (November 12th). The organisation helps those affected by HIV and AIDS in the LGBT community.
Some members of the transgender community, however, were dissatisfied with the choice of Jenner to provide a voice on their behalf, with many citing her celebrity status and wealth as separating her from the realities faced by a significant chunk of their community.
In a video capturing the scenes outside the Chicago Hilton as Jenner exited the event, a protestor carrying a placard can be seen telling the former Olympian: “You are an insult to trans people, you are an insult to women. You have no right to represent us.”
Jenner stood her ground and engaged with the activist, and seemed to be speaking calmly to the protestor although her exact response could not be made out in the recording.
Reporting from outside the 1,000-strong event, Entertainment Tonight was told by a local radio DJ: “The chaos outside was a great contrast to the uplifting atmosphere inside where Caitlyn had just given her speech. I thought she handled the situation with poise.”
“By confronting the protesters in the way she did, she emphasized the themes she talked about in her speech. To be respectful, be brave, and stand up for what you believe in.”
The protestors outside the venue were part of a group called ‘I Ain’t Cait’, who wrote on Facebook in a now-deleted post: “Who, you may ask, did they select to speak on the issues facing trans people and especially trans women in our city? Caitlyn Jenner, who lives in a mansion and has a net worth of millions of dollars, while the average trans person has a 41 percent chance of experiencing homelessness and a nearly 50 percent chance of living off less than $10k per year.”