“Not a role model”

Caitlyn Jenner says she gets more “flak” for being Republican than for being trans

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Caitlyn Jenner says that despite the criticism she’s received since coming out as transgender last year, what’s been hardest for people to accept is that she’s a Republican. While speaking at a University of Pennsylvania event on Wednesday night, Jenner was asked by a student why she isn’t a Democrat, given the party’s embrace of marriage equality and LGBT rights. “I have gotten more flak for being a conservative Republican than I have for being trans,” responded Jenner according to Billy Penn, a local Philadelphia news website. “Just because you change gender doesn’t mean you change your core beliefs,” elaborated Vanity Fair’s Buzz Bissinger, who is working on a biography of Jenner and served as interviewer for the event. When asked to reply to criticism that she didn’t fit the profile of a role model, Jenner replied, “Well, I’m not a role model! I’m so new to this community I don’t expect to be one.” Jenner was also questioned at the event about using the transition process to cash in, an accusation that she dismissed.

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

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