Caitlyn Jenner may wish she’d stayed home last night.
At a Trans Chorus of Los Angeles performance of “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” leading Los Angeles transgender activist and Editor in chief of Wear Your Voice, Ashlee Marie Preston confronted Jenner for her continued support of Donald Trump.
The Saturday Aug. 26 event, sponsored in part by a cash donation from Jenner, was held at the Los Angeles LGBT Center less than 48 hours after Donald Trump made official a ban on transgender military service members.
The LGBT community is deeply outraged and Jenner’s high profile early support for Trump has not been forgotten, even though she recently expressed her own disappointment. She has written several articles and many social media posts expressing her disappointment.
On her initial approach, Caitlyn tried to greet Preston with a hug and kiss but instead, she met resistance.
“It’s really fucked up that you are here,” Preston told a stunned Jenner. “Some people may be afraid to confront you for being here, but I am not.”
“You are directly responsible for what has happened with transgender soldiers and the military. I am not afraid to say it to you, I am not. I am not afraid.” she said.
Members of Caitlyn’s entourage moved to end the confrontation and a member of the chorus’ board, co-chair Dena Williams, tried to prevent the situation from escalating. “We can end this,” she said. But Preston pushed. “You are complicit! Taking her money…makes you complicit. It goes against the mission (of the chorus), Dena!,” said Preston.
Caitlyn stood stoically listening during the encounter and refused to leave when her entourage and security urged her to.
“We are the ones impacted by the choices that you make…it’s not okay,” Preston, animatedly told Williams “It’s not ok, it’s not ok,” she repeated.
At that point Jenner demurely said “You don’t know me.” Preston expressed rage that Jenner was glossing over a well known record of support for Donald Trump and his policies. “Yes I do! We all do! You are a fraud!”
Jenner walked away at that point and left the event.
Preston turned her rage to Williams: “I thought you were better than that. I’m really disappointed, really disappointed.”
Preston drew instant praise on Facebook:
“Yes, Ashlee Marie Preston! Way to stand up to the hypocrisy! This is exactly the issue I was thinking of a couple of minutes ago when you told me about immigrant enablers of 45 that you know, Rey, and wondered how they must make you feel. It’s so wrong. Good for Ashlee for drawing the line!,” wrote Ernestina Osorio.
Robert Rumsey wrote, “Watching that woman protect Caitlyn made me so angry. Our communities tutorial on the LGBTQ community for Caitlyn already ended. We don’t need to protect her. More people need to confront her. I salute you and would expect nothing less. You were honest and didn’t resort to using them hands.”
The Los Angeles Blade was unable to reach Jenner or Williams for comment.
Preston recently resigned Trans Chorus of Los Angeles in protest, citing “executive decisions such as the one made tonight,” she told The Los Angeles Blade.