Caitlyn Jenner (as well as the entire trans movement) has been subject of much debate here at the TLR offices. While the conservative writers here don’t seem to fully appreciate or sympathize with this crowd, social leftists like myself have defended and even encouraged her and others like her in the movement as heroes (though I admit, I have my share of dislike for Jenner due to her celebrity and status being used as a smokescreen for her shady past, but that’s another article).
But perhaps one thing that both camps can agree upon: it sucks to be discriminated against for espoused political affiliation alone. And that is precisely what seems to be happening in Miss Jenner’s case, as reported by USA Today:
It’s hard out here for a Republican, according to Caitlyn Jenner.
While speaking at the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Billy Penn reports that Jenner gave an interesting response when asked why she wasn’t a Democrat.
“I have gotten more flak for being a conservative Republican than I have for being trans.”
You might remember Jenner’s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show back in September when the host kind of challenged Jenner on her political views. Jenner admitted her conservative thoughts on gay marriage have evolved.
“At first I was not for it… but as time has gone, I think, like a lot of people on this issue, have really changed their thinking here to, ‘I don’t ever want to stand in front of anybody’s happiness,’ you know? That’s not my job.”
Jenner has made it her priority to shed light on trans issues. While in the City of Brotherly Love, she paid a visit to the Gender and Sexuality Development Clinic at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
While her efforts since transitioning can be described as noble, Jenner’s polarizing public persona will surely continue to upset those still unwilling to fully embrace trans people’s psychology. Now add to her list of perpetual boat-rocking the outspoken position of being a Republican who happens to also be a member of the LGBT community. Is this position truly oxymoronic, or does Jenner have a valid reason to vote R?