Last year, Caitlyn Jenner caused a media tsunami when she transitioned genders, but not everyone knew that the former Bruce Jenner was a devout Christian and a member of the Republican party. “It was easy to come out as trans,” she told the American Unity Fund at a GOP event held in Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, presumably because she is white and privileged. “It was hard to come out as Republican,” probably since nobody could understand how she could endorse the GOP’s bigoted agenda.
Republicans enacted the most homophobic, anti-LGBT party platform in America history, after a year of trying to turn human nature into yet another chapter of the culture wars. They’re still advocating traumatizing “gay conversion” therapy at the RNC even though 5 states have banned the pseudo-science outright as a fraud and nuisance and the federal government has called for a ban on its use. Jenner said earlier today:
“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,” Jenner said. In an unusual moment for a GOP gathering, she received a smattering of applause when she praised President Barack Obama for advancing LGBT rights and for eliminating the ban on transgender people serving openly in the military.
If anyone missed the point during this convention, Ben Carson drove it home in his usual absurdist style at a breakfast with the Republican Party of Florida’s delegation. When Carson wasn’t busy stealing Glenn Beck’s conspiracy theories about Lucifer at his RNC improve speech, the sleepy-eyed Doctor was busy claiming that being transgender is the “height of absurdity” and compared it to someone changing ethnicities, which is a perfectly reasonable thing to occur since race, gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity are all social constructs that only exist in our minds.
Now that presidential primary season is over, the Republican’s orange-faced vulgarian showed his true colors in a July 6th visit to North Carolina. The
Republican Trumpublican Party’s new standard bearer voiced support for North Carolina’s pro-discrimination law, the same HB2 law targeting trans-people for using the appropriate restroom. Though she’s still misguided in supporting the Republican party, Jenner isn’t letting them slide on the fact that there are plenty of gay Republicans – in high concentration at this week’s RNC – who are in the closet, and that the Republican party’s elected officials are considerably less safe in a bathroom than any transgendered person we know of.
Opponents of letting transgender people use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity have warned that men would use it as an excuse to enter women’s rooms to prey on girls. Jenner noted that Former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, former Mississippi Rep. Jon Hinson and former Florida state Rep. Bob Allen — all Republicans — had been arrested for “lude behavior” in men’s restrooms, during a time in which no transgender people were arrested for using the wrong bathroom.
“Maybe what we should do is ban Republican representatives at a state level from being in the men’s room,” Jenner said.
As of press time, Jenner was inexplicably still a member of the Republican Party.
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