Caitlyn Jenner appreciates her platform. The outspoken transgender activist is also a proud Republican. Though the former Olympian has been bashed by other members of the transgender community for standing by the Republican party, she thinks it makes her uniquely qualified to help mend relations between Republicans and the LGBT community.
“I believe in the simple things. I believe in our Constitution,” Jenner, 66, said during her appearance on HBO’s Any Given Wednesday when asked by host Bill Simmons about her political leanings. “I think the Republican side, although I’ve been very disappointed with them over the last 10 to 20 years, has a better opportunity to bring this country back to really, as close as you can to what it was.”
She believes that by openly supporting the Republican party, she can help them to be generally more understanding of the serious issues facing her LGBT friends.
“I am here, since I’m on the Republican side, to help the entire Republican party do a better job when it comes to LBGT issues. They have not been as good when it comes to LBGT issues and social issues,” she admitted. “I have kind of positioned myself with the Republican party to try to help these people understand. [To help] the Republican party understand what the issues are for the LBGT community.”
As for whether or not she’ll be voting for GOP candidate Donald Trump come November, Jenner replied, “I have not outwardly supported anybody.”
Jenner spoke at the Republican National Convention in July, saying, “It was easy to come out as trans, it was harder to come out as Republican.”
Jenner also opened up about her identity struggles on AGW, saying one paparazzi image had her contemplating suicide. "I could not sleep that night," Jenner said. "And I'm up at 3 a.m. walking up and down my hallways ... thinking, 'Damn, all this s**t is going to come out tomorrow and it's going to be horrible.' And I said, 'You know what, easy way, go in the other room, you got a gun, let's just end it right here.'"