The Republican National Convention isn’t drawing many celebrities, but one of the big draws this week is former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, who won her medal as Bruce Jenner.
Speaking at the American Unity Fund’s Big Tent Brunch Wednesday, Jenner joked that “it was easy to come out as trans. It was hard to come out as Republican.”
She acknowledged that “the Democratic Party does a better job when it comes to the LGBT community, the trans community, all that kind of stuff,” and acknowledged that President Barack Obama has been very good about letting trans people serve in the military vocally.”
But she said she felt more drawn to Republican policies of national security and the economy.
She talked at length about her struggle to accept that she was a woman, saying that God made her athletic and gave her good looks, but also gave her “the soul of a woman.”
Jenner also dismissed all the concern about transgender people using the bathrooms of the gender that they identify as. She listed off three male politicians who were arrested for inappropriate behavior in bathrooms. Maybe, she joked, they should ban male politicians from using public restrooms.
“All the laws that are on the books right now protect people in bathrooms,” she said, saying regardless of whether you’re wearing a labor uniform or a dress, “molesting somebody is illegal and must have them prosecuted and put away.”
She said the reason the issue is relevant now is because people are identifying as gay, lesbian or transgender at a younger age. Many are bullied, and she said banning them from using public restrooms is the equivalent of the government bullying them.
She has been using the women’s room for a year and a half, and never had a problem. “And thank God, because there are some great conversations going on in the ladies’ room, okay?”
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