When Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner finally presented her new and true person on Monday, ESPN found it so moving and heroic it declared she will be the new recipient of this year’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award. But the good news stopped there. A petition has been filed at Change.org calling for the nullification and thereby revocation of the gold medal Jenner won in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.
Written by Jennifer Bradford and addressed to the IOC, the petition particularly urged Jenner to voluntarily #givebackthegold she had won in the Olympic decathlon because she had competed against the wrong gender.
“It has recently come to light that gold medalist Bruce Jenner is in fact transgender, and therefore, identifies as a woman. We congratulate Ms. Jenner on these new developments and wish her the best. However, this creates somewhat of a problem as Ms. Jenner (as talented as she is) claims that she has always believed herself to be truly female, and therefore, was in violation of committee rules regarding women competing in men’s sports and vice versa. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that we must ask whether or not it is proper that Ms. Jenner should retain her olympic records in light of this, as we must now either claim that Bruce Jenner and Caitlyn Jenner are two entirely different people (which we know is not true), or that Bruce Jenner was, in fact, a woman participating in a men’s event. It is only fair to all involved that women receive their credit as champions of the Decathalon and that the men racing Ms. Jenner are not expected to compete with a superior, streamlined being such as herself,” the petition on change.org reads.
Jenner told Vanity Fair she had always believed herself to be female. However, in 1976, she was married and lived as a man. When she competed in the Olympic decathlon, she competed as Bruce. In her life as Bruce, Jenner had three ex-wives.
The petition has gained over 2,700 signatures.
While she may lose that Olympic gold, Jenner can look forward to receiving the ESPN Arthur Ashe Courage Award which is a tribute to her “courageous action” to reveal her real person.
“Sometimes that courage is demonstrated over the course of a lifetime and sometimes it is demonstrated in a single act that shines a light on an important contemporary issue,” the network said in a statement on Wednesday. “At all times, there are many worthy candidates.”
Apart from the outing on Vanity Fair, Jenner had also changed her name on her Facebook and Instagram accounts.
She also has a new Twitter account where one of her very few posts delved on the nuisance of being a woman.
What the hell am I going to wear?http://t.co/HoXNQasAXM
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) June 2, 2015