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A Petition Has Been Launched to Revoke Caitlyn Jenner's Olympic Medal & It's Ridiculous

Emmy Griffiths
by Emmy Griffiths Published on June 4, 2015

It was all going so well. The media and the public had an overwhelmingly positive response to Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, to change her gender with open arms. It was a glorious moment for the transgender community. But sadly there always has to be that one person to rain over the universal acceptance parade, and this time the person to take that prize is Jennifer Bradford of Fort Worth, Texas, who has begun a petition to have Jenner's Olympic medal revoked.

The petition, entitled "Revoke Caitlyn Jenner's Olympic medals," suggests that as Jenner has spoken out about how she has always felt like a woman in a man's body, her Olympic gold medal for participating in a men's event should be revoked.

Check out the letter below and try to stay calm:

"Dear International Olympic Committee,

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.

We urge Ms. Jenner to support the transgender community by giving up the medals earned by competing against the wrong gender.Thank you, and congratulations to Ms. Jenner for her courage!

#givebackthegold."

The petition has reached nearly 9,000 signatures, making us temporarily lose faith with humanity. However, the Twittersphere has its own views on the whole debacle:

Seriously, of all the things you can become invested in, should revoking Jenner's medals really be on the highest list of priorities? No offense Bradford but you utterly suck.

What do you think about the petition? Tweet us @wewomenUSA!

This article was written by Emmy Griffiths. Follow her on Twitter @emmyfg.

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