Trans Women of Color Continue Calling Caitlyn Jenner Out On Her ‘Selfish’ Pursuits

The rift between Caitlyn Jenner and transgender women of color continues to grow.

On Tuesday, the same day Caitlyn Jenner was featured in an extensive Broadly profile, transgender model Carmen Carrera slammed her on Instagram. In a long post, Carrera described her attempts to befriend Jenner, only to be met with radio silence and rudeness.

“What I found was this lady’s ego is way too big for no reason and she’s the most selfish person I’ve ever met,” Carrera wrote. “She even told me to my face that she ‘wanted to be #1,’ whatever that means. Doing humanitarian work means you have to actually be a human. Honestly, what does she actively do everyday for trans folks? And why does she take credit for what real activists are doing? Who even is she?”

Carrera went on to call her a “retired athletic hero turned background reality star” who is “stealing credit” from the rest of the trans community. She also suggested that Jenner let her “‘celebrity’ take a backseat.”

Listen, I have a very out going personality, especially when I care about someone. I met Caitlyn Jenner at her house in Malibu when she first transitioned. I gifted her an amazing gift basket with sentimental things to get her through her transition, never asked for a photo or even for a spot on her now cancelled reality show because I wanted to show that I genuinely cared and wanted a friendship with her to help her grow. Sisterhood. I made myself very available (even offering my advice on how to feminize her living space when I was asked by her production managers because she didn’t know). I also asked if she wanted to help me spread equality throughout Latin America because I knew it was a big job I couldn’t do alone. What I found was this lady’s ego is way too big for no reason and she’s the most selfish person I’ve ever met. She even told me to my face that she “wanted to be #1”, whatever that means. Doing humanitarian work means you have to actually be a human. Honestly, what does she actively do everyday for trans folks? And why does she take credit for what real activists are doing? Who even is she?.. A retired athletic hero turned background reality star, who is now stealing credit from the already disenfranchised trans community all for her own public benefit? God please protect me because I know I got that east coast mouth when I gotta speak the truth. I cant stay quiet anymore and I refuse to kiss someone’s butt or fear someone else especially when I can see right through the bs. @caitlynjenner if you want to be a real hero, run a few triathlons and donate the money to these LGBTQ organizations who really need it. Be active with us, HUMBLE YOURSELF and let your “celebrity” take a backseat. Be who you really are instead of who you think you need to be to gain more popularity. I will not let you take advantage of my people. Also, since you’re too much of a coward to communicate, please do not send your sidekick to handle your dirty work. She’s just as fake as you are. @hutchins_sophia 🙃

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The post itself was a series of four images. The first image was a text between Jenner and Carrera. Jenner texted Carrera asking her to call Jenner so that she could give Carrera “an update” on her activism. Jenner seemed upset that Carrera had been “putting negative things out in the press” about her.

The next three images were private messages with Sophia Hutchins, Jenner’s rumored 21-year-old girlfriend. Hutchins reaches out to Carrera to say Jenner would like to speak, but later says, “Don’t expect to hear back. You have burned that bridge.”

“A bridge? A bridge would entail having a connection between both sides. Cait is a flake,” Carrera responded.

Carrera is not the first transgender woman of color to publicly admonish Jenner.

In August, Ashlee Marie Preston, a Black trans womanand former editor of Wear Your Voice, confronted Jenner about her support for Donald Trump at an LA LGBT Center event featuring the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles. Preston uploaded the video onto Facebook. The clip went viral.

“You’re a fucking fraud,” Preston says to Jenner in the video. “It’s really fucked up that you continue to support somebody… that does everything with the military, that’s erasing our fucking community. And you support it.”

Preston later told INTO that the confrontation was “about letting people know that if you continue to support anti-LGBTQ interests, you will be checked for it.”

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Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew is a staff writer at INTO. His work has appeared in Mic, Slate and Complex. He loves "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," Flannery O'Connor and female rappers and is working on a memoir.

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