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.