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Caitlyn Jenner–the sultry 65-year-old may finally end the stigma of being…Republican

June 2, 2015

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Jenner: From LGBT to LGBTGOP

Congratulations to Caitlyn Jenner for her bravery in finally coming out after all these years as…a Republican.

Only hours after the 65-year-old swimsuit model formerly known as Bruce Jenner publicly announced her name change on the cover of Vanity Fair, she received a Twitter taunt from Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen:

“Bruce #Jenner came out as a Republican last April. Well is #CaitlynJenner a Republican too?”

I’m sorry, but that’s conserva-phobic! Fortunately, the mainstream media, once again demonstrating its concern for oppressed minorities, leaped to Jenner’s defense. Scott Sutton of the Chicago Sun-Times tut-tutted:

“Reactions to the public reveal of Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vantiy Fair’s June 9th issue (she was known publicly as Bruce until Monday) have been swift and mostly encouraging.

“I say ‘mostly’ because, of course, there are people like Rep. Steve Cohen who apparently don’t know what gender reassignment is.

Other Twitter users agreed that we need to stop saying “LGBT” and start saying “LGBTGOP.” Some sample tweets:

”She completed gender reassignment surgery, she wasn’t lobotomized. I imagine she continues to support free markets and liberty.”

“When ‘tolerant’ liberals literally can’t wrap their heads around the fact someone can be trans AND republican”

Sutton concluded:

“As you can see, Twitter was riled up about the comment, and rightfully so. It’s hard to imagine that Rep. Cohen — whose Twitter bio ironically says ‘Supporter of civil rights/liberties/women&minority issues/animal welfare’ — has garnered any new voters with the comment.”

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Perhaps Jenner’s courageous Vanity Fair spread as a face-double for Jessica Lange will finally put paid to that casual conserva-phobia that we toss around so insouciantly–and so microaggressively.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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  1. thequeerav permalink

    It’s really important for people like Caitlyn Jenner to tell her story seeing as she is such a high profile person. It’s also important to acknowledge that Caitlyn is a very privileged person who has the money for things like surgery, and also support from her family, something a lot of trans* people don’t have (and in terms of surgery, might not necessarily want). I think Jenner has opened up peoples minds and by telling us her story has given people opportunities to talk about trans* issues on a larger scale than ever before. I would really encourage people to click the link below and read Laverne Cox’s (from ‘Orange is the New Black’) comments on Caitlyn Jenner’s cover as she raises some really valid points on the diversity of trans* narratives. http://thequeerav.com/…/laverne-cox-comments-on…/ I’d also like to encourage people to read this article (http://thequeerav.com/…/keeping-up-with-bruce-jenner…/) written directly after the Diane Sawyer interview (hence the name Bruce being used and gender neutral pronouns) as it highlights just how different and complex trans* narratives really are; no two stories are the same! I’m really passionate about trans* issues and volunteer with a lot of young trans* people in Perth and I just want to say that getting to know people for who they are rather than judging them for their differences is so important. Let’s celebrate diversity, it’s such an amazing thing and we can learn so much from listening to other people’s stories!

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