In June of 2015, Bruce Jenner officially came out as trans, transitioning to Caitlyn Jenner in a landmark Vanity Fair cover. Soon after, she revealed herself to have some confusing opinions about LGBT issues, like supporting gay marriage only because it’s inevitable. She’s also insisted that Donald Trump has been good on LGBT issues, even though he’s willing to entertain overturning marriage equality when it suits him politically.
At any rate, Jenner is a Republican, and she’s determined to bring LGBT issues into the Republican platform, so she’s going to the Republican National Convention, as the Daily Beast reports. She’s not slated to attend any specific RNC events, however. Instead, she’ll be speaking at a brunch and Q&A organized by several pro-LGBT conservative groups, including the American Unity Fund, which has been lobbying to make the Republican Party platform more inclusive of LGBT issues. Jenner released a statement saying her goal was to participate in this counterprogramming event to promote nondiscrimination laws for the LGBT community:
“The party conventions are like the political Olympics, and I’m excited to be headed to Cleveland to stand with my fellow LGBT Republicans and allies,” Jenner said in a statement sent to The Daily Beast. “As a proud Republican and transgender woman, I want to support courageous Republicans who advocate for LGBT freedom. Our country’s nondiscrimination laws must be updated and this cannot be achieved without bipartisan support. Congress needs to act, along with almost thirty Republican states, to update our nondiscrimination laws. I want to do my part to persuade more Republicans to support freedom for millions of LGBT Americans.”
This sounds like a noble cause of Jenner, a high-profile Republican and transgender woman, to promote. And if she does help succeed in making the Republican Party platform more inclusive, then who can argue with that? This is what she wanted to do as Ted Cruz’s “trans ambassador.” Since the Republican National Convention is so hard up for prominent speakers, the Trump campaign should snap Jenner up for an official appearance.