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Caitlyn Jenner: It Was Easy To Come Out As Trans, Harder To Come Out As Republican

"I think the Republican Party ... need to know people who are trans."

Caitlyn Jenner's political positions have been a point of fascination for Americans. We struggle to see how someone with the potential to be such a force of good in the LGBT community could support a party that, most recently, has taken a strong stance against sexual minorities. At the Republican National Convention, Caitlyn made a statement that has many baffled: "It was easy to come out as trans, it was harder to come out as a Republican," she said. Wait, what?!


Gawker's Rich Juzwiak attempted to think his way through the complexities of Caitlyn's positions. "What initially rubbed people the wrong way about Jenner’s dual coming-out was its apparent conflict—here was a trans woman aligning herself with a political party that has been, at best, ignorant of transgender people, and at worst, outright hostile toward them," he wrote. "The cognitive dissonance that comes from being a conservative queer, or perhaps the willful ignorance it takes to be one, has resulted in Jenner making some wildly ill-considered political statements."

Nonetheless, at an LGBT brunch at the RNC, the former Olympian had lots to say about the GOP's fraught relationship with trans people. 

"I get it, the Democratic Party does a better job when it comes to the LGBT community, the trans community, all that kind of stuff, and [President] Obama actually has been very good from that standpoint, just recently letting trans people serve openly in the military," she conceded.

"But I think the Republican Party ... need to know people who are trans," she continued. "There are actually trans people out in this audience right now, but you have no idea that they're trans, which is a wonderful thing. So I'm here today so you – since most people don't know anybody who's trans – [can] get to know somebody."

“I have to admit I’ve been very disappointed [by the GOP's track record on LGBT issues] for the last five, ten years, but I won’t give up hope on it," she concluded.

Maybe Caitlyn's politics aren't that hard to understand given her experiential circumstances: she's very rich, she's white, for most of her life she was male, and she's out of touch with the reality of most trans people who are actively being harmed by the party she's choosing to support.


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