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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

By Alex Dobuzinskis and Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Reality star Caitlyn Jenner’s offer to be a “trans ambassador” to U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz drew criticism on Friday from some members of the LGBT community, but major transgender rights organizations stayed out of the fray.

Jenner told gay and lesbian publication The Advocate in an interview posted this week that she admired Cruz despite the social conservative’s stance on transgender issues.

The 66-year-old Olympic gold medalist turned television personality called Cruz a “great constitutionalist” and said she would like to advise him on questions relating to her community.

“Yes, trans ambassador to the president of the United States, so we can say, ‘Ted, love what you’re doing but here’s what’s going on,'” Jenner, who last year became the most high-profile American to transition to a different gender, told The Advocate.

The muted reaction to Jenner’s support for Cruz appeared to show the high level of esteem she enjoys in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. But that did not stop some of its members speaking out.

“Doing my best to not send tweets to a woman I respect for her courage, but dang it, @Caitlyn_Jenner you’re killing me with Cruz support!” Chely Wright, the first country music star to come out as gay, wrote in a post on Twitter.

Some in the LGBT community took a more pointed stand, citing Cruz’s opposition to same-sex marriage and his criticism of government efforts to allow students to use a bathroom that conforms to their gender identity.

In January, at a campaign stop in Iowa, Cruz said “inflicting” transgender students on teachers by allowing them to use a faculty restroom in line with their gender identity was better than having them share a bathroom with other students, according to video from NBC News.

Zack Ford, the LGBT editor at ThinkProgress, a website affiliated with the left-leaning Center for American Progress, wrote in a post that Jenner’s support for Republicans like Cruz taints her “credibility.”

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said Jenner’s comments highlight the fact a significant share of transgender people are Republicans.

“One would hope that transgender people would support philosophies that are helpful and not harmful to trans people,” she said, adding that Jenner might have taken that into consideration before offering her support to Cruz.

A representative for the gay rights group GLAAD declined to comment and a spokeswoman for Cruz could not be reached.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis and Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Andrew Hay)

Photo: Caitlyn Jenner arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

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9 responses to “Jenner’s Offer To Be ‘Trans Ambassador’ For Cruz Draws Some Fire”

  1. 1standlastword says:

    Seems unnatural….

  2. Shaymamma8 says:

    Caitlyn is an idiot. Was your brain reassigned, too? You, my dear, are a joke!!!

  3. @HawaiianTater says:

    Like I’ve said from the beginning, this is all a hoax perpetrated by the Kardashian clan for ratings and money. What I find sad about it is the fact that there are so many rubes in the world who fall for this sort of thing.

  4. Böcker says:

    What part of the rightwing doesn’t like your “kind” doesn’t this clown get?? Jenner still has the male republican mind set.

  5. Bill says:

    Jenner and Cruz now that’s a pair!!!

  6. Insinnergy says:

    Wow. Too stupid for words.

    It’s like saying you’re going to be a KKK leader’s “Black Friend” and educate them on African American issues. You know Cruz hates LGBT people right?

    While I think she’s been a great boon to the LGBT community, it shows she has the same self-awareness and intelligence of the rest of the Kardashians.

    To be expected I guess.

  7. I of John says:

    Often, it takes some time before dramatic changes in life truely sink in to every aspect of our lives. I believe Caitlyn will eventually see that the GOP is not her party any more and that they do not mean her well.

  8. charleo1 says:

    We don’t see many people today actually claiming to love thy enemy. A man bites dog story?

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