Caitlyn Jenner has spoken about her role as an LGBT advocate and the fierce obsession people seem to have with her political ideologies.
“I have gotten more flack for being a conservative Republican than I have for being trans,” she told University of Pennsylvania students during a speaking engagement at the school recently, after being asked why she remained a member of the Republican parter after transitioning.
Jenner’s political leanings were called into question by activists after she revealed last November that she planned on voting Republican in the 2016 election, and she’s since been criticized for supporting a party that isn’t always LGBT-inclusive.
“Just because you change gender doesn’t mean you change your core beliefs,” Buzz Bissinger, event moderator and the author of Caitlyn’s coming out piece in Vanity Fair, informed the student.
Asked later to respond to criticism that she’s a poor role model for the LGBT community, Jenner reiterated what she’s said on the topic before: “Well, I’m not a role model! I’m so new to this community I don’t expect to be one.”
“I don’t need the money. So I don’t understand that claim,” she said, responding to claims she transitioned for publicity and profit. “No one transitions for financial gain. No way…You don’t do it unless you know deep down in your soul that it’s the right thing to do. If I can’t be honest with myself about what I’m doing, I’m no good for anything.”
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