Lotsa folks got all pissy last week when news broke that Caitlyn Jenner, who, as Bruce Jenner, was a longstanding member of the GOP — not exactly the most LGBT–friendly group on the planet — announced that she had requested a ticket to the last Democratic Debate but couldn’t get into the hall so she watched it on television.
Afterwards she said she still planned on voting Republican because “they didn’t convince me.” And, at first I thought, well, that’s just dumb, but that’s her right. Maybe social issues, and civil rights issues, aren’t her greatest concern; so, like anyone else, she can choose to be a republican. I think it’s idiotic, but that’s just me.
But then … a tweet from Bette Midler seemed to say something:
And, she’s right. Caitlyn is uninformed about a lot of issues, many affecting her community and her gender.
Yet, as the If Only You News article pointed out, as a Republican, Caitlyn will likely vote against women, and women’s issues, even while accepting the Glamour Magazine ‘Woman of the Year’ award.
She will vote against the interests of PFLAG even as her mother wins their “Advocate Award”:
She will vote against the Human Rights Campaign’s interests while Tweeting how “imspired” she is by those who need the organization.
And she Tweets her support for Spirit Day, and taking a stand against bullying, and yet she’ll vote for the party that is most likely to continue bullying and denigrating the LGB community.
I’m all for celebrating Caitlyn’s journey of self-discovery, but when it comes to her politics, she hasn’t even taken the first real step.