Bruce Jenner is being called the “Donald Trump of the trans community” this week, after he again made comments that caused a backlash from the LGBT community.
In a Dec. 9 interview with Time magazine, for which he was up for “Person of the Year,” Jenner opened up about the struggles of being transgender and implied that trans women who appear less feminine might make other people “uncomfortable.”
“One thing that has always been important for me, and it may seem very self-absorbed or whatever, is first of all your presentation of who you are. I think it’s much easier for a trans woman or a trans man who authentically kind of looks and plays the role,” Jenner said.
He added: “I try to take that seriously. I think it puts people at ease. If you’re out there and, to be honest with you, if you look like a man in a dress, it makes people uncomfortable.”
Earlier this year, the former male Olympian told ABC’s Diane Sawyer he viewed himself as a Christian conservative. He later admitted to Ellen DeGeneres he was not a supporter of same-sex marriage, as he saw himself as more of a “traditionalist.”
Jenner’s penchant for making politically incorrect statements about key LGBT issues is leading some on social media to compare the 66-year-old I Am Cait star to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump:
Caitlyn Jenner is Donald Trump in transgender form
— Call me Rickye (@Under6ftNoBeard) December 12, 2015
@EverettMaroon Caitlyn Jenner: the Donald Trump of transgender people…
— Jason Black (@p2p_editor) December 11, 2015
On Monday, Jenner apologized for his “man in a dress” comments in an op-ed published on WhoSay.
In “Still So Much to Learn,” Jenner wrote, “I think I caused a lot of hurt with this comment, and I’m truly sorry. What I was trying to say is that our world really is still a binary one, and that people who look ‘visibly transgender’ sometimes can struggle for acceptance and may be treated poorly by others. And while this may be true, it’s also something that needs to change.”
Jenner added: “Sometimes the media takes one comment out of context—or interprets it to mean something other than what I meant.”
Read the rest of the apology here.