Olympian-turned-reality TV regular Caitlyn Jenner confronted a group of protesters in Chicago, Illinois on Thursday after a picket-line formed outside a venue where she was giving a speech.
The star formerly known as Bruce Jenner, who unveiled her female persona earlier this year, gave the keynote address during a luncheon at a Hilton Hotel raising money for Chicago House, an organization which helps members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Demonstrators from a transgender campaign group gathered outside the venue to protest against Caitlyn's representation of their community, and the former sports star refused to shy away from them when she left the building.
In the video footage posed online, protesters are shown yelling, chanting and waving signs as Caitlyn attempts to reason with one of the group.
Protester Monica James, who spoke with Caitlyn outside the hotel, explained the campaign's message to the Chicago Tribune.
"Make the services and make this movement and this plea for trans tolerance intentional and direct for the people who are facing the violence every day on the streets, the people who are being discriminated against on the basis of their gender and their race at the same time," she says. "She (Caitlyn) can't speak to those struggles. It defaces the real truth behind transitioning."
Chicago radio host Showbiz Shelly praised Caitlyn for staying calm when faced with the protesters, telling Entertainment Tonight, "The chaos outside was a great contrast to the uplifting atmosphere inside, where Caitlyn had just given her speech... I thought she handled the situation with poise. By confronting the protesters in the way she did, she emphasised the themes she talked about in her speech. To be respectful, be brave, and stand up for what you believe in."
The protest was dubbed 'I Ain't Cait' in reference to the star's reality TV show I am Cait, which debuted over the summer, just months after she first showed off her new look on the front cover of Vanity Fair magazine.
The news comes days after Caitlyn revealed her transition took a huge step forward recently as she has finally been declared female on her driver's licence.
She made the announcement while picking up the Transgender Champion Prize at the 25th annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards in New York City on Monday.
"For so many years, I lost my enthusiasm for life. Literally, sitting in my house for almost six years," she told the audience. "Because I never really wanted to come out - just to go to work, that was about it. Now, actually, I like going out. And I like being myself. And in doing that, it's been... amazing the opportunity we have for change, for people to understand this issue because it's so difficult...
"I haven't been on airlines in over a year because I didn't have (proper) identification, but last week, I got my driver's licence: picture and gender marker 'F' (for female). It's always the little things in life that really you notice."
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