Caitlyn Jenner Wants to ‘Help the Republican Party’ Understand LGBT Rights
Though she’s Republican, Caitlyn Jenner doesn’t necessarily agree with some of the political party’s policies.
Amid backlash from the LGBT community regarding the Olympian’s support for a party that has forbidden trans people from using bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity, Jenner spoke out and explained her stance on the matter.
“It was easy to come out as trans. It was hard to come out as Republican,” she joked during an LGBT-themed event at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, adding that she has been “disappointed” with the Republican platform over the last decade.
“I want to help the Republican party in so many ways,” she continued. “I think the Republican Party needs to understand. They need to know people who are trans.”
“I would tell Donald [Trump] that there are people out there that have been marginalized for so many years… It’s about the next generation coming up. We have to provide a safe environment for them.”
According to the 66-year-old, she’s a Republican solely because of her father. Though she applauds that President Barack Obama’s administration has made strides for the trans community, her political views have more to do with her dad’s military service than anything else.
“If my dad knew what was going on in this country when he fought so hard, I think he’d be very disappointed,” she said. “Because of that, I feel like our best hope to get back to a constitutional government… is a Republican Party… I’m not giving up on this country. I’m not giving up on this constitution. I want jobs for everybody.”
Previously, Jenner slammed the anti-LGBT bathroom bills, writing on her blog, “We all want safety and privacy in public bathrooms. But these anti-LGBT bills, like the ones in North Carolina and Mississippi, actually make us less safe, not more safe. They open the door to abuse, aggressive and confrontational behavior in bathrooms, and encourage strangers to demand that women and girls prove that they are actually female in order to use the restroom. No one wants that.”