Scoop: Caitlyn, Jackie slam Trump on transgender rights

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! is celebrating World Sword Swallowers Day on Saturday, Feb. 25 in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! is celebrating World Sword Swallowers Day on Saturday, Feb. 25 in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

Caitlyn Jenner and Jackie Evancho are not pleased with Donald Trump’s actions on transgender rights.

On Thursday, Jenner, who once chatted with Trump — who told her she could use any bathroom she wanted at Trump Tower in New York — said on Twitter: “From one Republican to another, this is a disaster. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.”

Meanwhile, Evancho, 16, who sang the national anthem at Trump’s inauguration, went on “Good Morning America” with her transgender sister Juliet, who shared stories of discrimination with George Stephanopoulos.

Jackie said she hoped Trump would meet with them after his administration rolled back federal guidelines put in place by Barack Obama that allow transgender students to use whichever school bathroom matched their gender identity.


Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Director Max Hollein, hosting a media preview of an exhibition of paintings by Claude Monet at the Legion of Honor on Thursday, asked reporters to urge patrons to attend “Monet: The Early Years” at an “early” time in its three-month run, because the show will be quite popular.

He also mentioned a digital guide that visitors may want to check out online before attending — for background information and tripping up docents, he joked.

The show of works made between 1858 and 1972 by the most famous Impressionist opens Saturday, Feb. 25 with activities including a talk by curator George Shackelford, deputy director of the Kimbell Art Museum in Texas.


Things are jumpin’ in the Presidio, which is celebrating the grand opening of the William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center at 210 Lincoln Blvd. on Saturday, Feb. 25. Free activities running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. include a welcome dance by the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe, performances by Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno, the Latin fusion band Peregrinos Cosmicos and Taiko drummers, as well as kids crafts, games, food trucks, and ranger-led walking and shuttle tours.


It’s the 10th anniversary of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! free event celebrating World Sword Swallower’s Day. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Ripley’s Odditorium at Fisherman’s Wharf, Matthew Bouvier (aka “Matt Molotov,” who can put down a 28-inch knife) will lead a group of local swallowers in death-defying feats, followed by a 2:25 p.m. “Big Swallow” finale.

Dan Meyer, president of Sword Swallower’s Association International, adds, “Sword swallowers have been prodded and examined by doctors and scientists in the name of science for the past 150 years, often without being recognized for their contributions. We want to change that.”

Sword swallowing is a 4,000-year-old art according to Ripley’s, which recognized in its first Odditorium at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933.


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— Staff and wire reports

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