November 13, 2015 at 3:44 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Caitlyn Jenner seeks to work with U.N. on trans rights

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U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power, left, meets with Caitlyn Jenner in New York on Nov. 10, 2015. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Mission to the U.N.)

Caitlyn Jenner on Thursday said she would like to work with the U.N. to promote transgender rights around the world.

The former Olympian made the announcement in Chicago as she spoke at a fundraiser for Chicago House, a service organization that works with LGBT people and those with HIV.

Jenner on Tuesday met with U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power on Tuesday in New York to discuss the issue.

“Ambassador Power and Ms. Jenner shared a commitment to lifting up the stories of transgender activists being targeted in countries around the world,” Deputy Spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Kurtis Cooper told the Washington Blade on a Friday in a statement. “They discussed ways the two women can work together to draw attention to the plight of transgender individuals worldwide.”

Cooper did not provide the Blade with specific details of what Power and Jenner discussed during their meeting.

The former Olympian was unavailable for comment.

Jenner has championed a number of LGBT-specific issues since she came out as trans in April.

The former Olympian has become a vocal advocate against bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Jenner also visited the Los Angeles LGBT Center earlier this year as part of her reality show that is documenting her transition.

Jenner’s disclosure that she is a Republican — given the party’s opposition to marriage rights to same-sex couples and other LGBT-specific issues — raised eyebrows among some advocates. The former Olympian on Thursday spoke to protesters outside the Chicago House fundraiser who described her as an “insult to trans people” and a “clueless rich white women,” among other things.

The U.N. under Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in recent years has emerged as a champion of LGBT rights around the world.

The U.N. Human Rights Council in September 2014 approved a resolution against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The U.N. in 2013 launched the “Free & Equal” campaign to promote LGBT rights.

Bollywood actress Celina Jaitly appeared in a video that features a man who brings his partner to meet his family. Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, an Indian trans rights advocate, in April 2014 joined Jaitly and others at a Mumbai press conference where the U.N. officially debuted the clip.

Power last month during a speech at a Council for Global Equality luncheon in D.C. noted the U.S. “methodically and aggressively” fought Russia’s ultimately unsuccessful attempts to overturn Ban’s 2014 directive that extended spousal benefits to gay U.N. personnel who are legally married. The U.S., along with Chile, in August co-sponsored the first-ever U.N. Security Council meeting on an LGBT-specific issue that focused on the Islamic State’s persecution of Syrians and Iraqis because of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

  • I am pretty sure the rest of the trans community will agree with my simple one word response: NO.

  • Mara Keisling or Janet Monk would be a much better choice

  • as a trans person myself all I can say is OH HELL NO, Jenner does NOT speak for me. They’re a privileged white conservative who doesn’t have the brains to realise driving while on the phone is a dumb move. PLEASE can we have somebody with a lick of sense? Jenner speaks for the trans community about as much as trump speaks for the USA , see also NOT AT ALL.

  • uh….so, Ms. Jenner thinks she can work at the UN on Trans Rights? She’s stated that she isn’t an activist or an advocate and couldn’t be bothered to talk to any Trans people prior to just months leading up to her new reality TV show. She’s been out, what? a year? She has, like, one years experience being Trans, but she’s not getting the ‘full’ experience because she’s got millions, has an entourage to babysit her and she only appears at money generating events. She doesn’t appear to hang out with average run of the mill Trans people, or go to meet ups, or work the suicide phone banks or actually do the things every other Trans person I know does. IF the US Mission to the UN needs someone to advocate for the Transgender communities across the world why not ask someone who……I dunno, actually DOES that! I could easily name a dozen Trans people who are qualified (up to PhD level), experienced (up to ….I think over 50 years of experience), actually LIVE in NYC and a subway ride away from the UN (no relocation expenses) and wouldn’t bring baggage along (they don’t have a few dozen people following them around with make up and cameras). Ms. Jenner is like a lot of idle rich people, she wants to ‘do’ something but doesn’t want to actually ‘DO’ something that requires a bit more than a passing fancy.

    • We are all self interested. If a Ph.D wants to speak to the U.N. they should to it.

      This idea that we aren’t ultimately responsible for ourselves or Cait owes us all something is bad thinking.

  • Would have been amazing if an unemployed homeless black trans woman had been ‘chosen’.. But then again her murder hardly causes a ripple so how could we have expected her life and real experiences to matter so much that the UN would have selected her when she was alive?
    Money money money. Money.
    Well the bright side at least she is getting visability. And shows. And Mansions and pools but I degress. WTF. I mean really.

    Trans protesters confront Caitlyn Jenner at Chicago House fundraiser

  • That picture, those people there in that picture, perfectly represent the United States of America, it’s decadence, it’s “influence” in the world……hollywood+wallstreet+gmo+individualism+ all the “great stuff” your non country brings around

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