During a speech at the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Caitlyn Jenner discussed what it's like to be Republican and transgender, according to campus website Billy Penn.
"I have gotten more flak for being a conservative Republican than I have for being trans," Caitlyn said. Author Buzz Bissinger, who wrote her coming-out story in Vanity Fair, explained why she hasn't become more liberal since transitioning. "Just because you change gender doesn't mean you change your core beliefs," he said.
According to the Daily Pennsylvanian, Caitlyn agreed that the Democratic party is better when it comes to LGBTQ issues, but she prioritizes other issues when it comes to politics, which is why she takes the "Reagan conservative approach."
"The bigger issue is what our country is going through right now," she said, referring to the economy and the national debt.
Caitlyn has had to defend her politics a lot since transitioning; she told Ellen DeGeneres last year that she used to oppose same-sex marriage, but now doesn't "ever want to stand in front of anybody's happiness." And on her reality show, I Am Cait, she clashed with other trans activists about the importance of government support and social programs. Transgender students at Penn had criticized Caitlyn for not representing the community at large, and she flat-out agreed. "Well, I'm not a role model!" she insisted. "I'm so new to this community I don't expect to be one."
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