Caitlyn Jenner to Students: 'I Get More Flak for Being Republican Than Being Transgender'

Not a surprise, especially on campuses.


Caitlyn Jenner

A University of Pennsylvania student told Caitlyn Jenner during a public Q and A that she just couldn't understand why the former athlete and celebrity—a role model for the transgender community—remains a Republican. Shouldn't Jenner hurry up and declare herself a progressive Democrat, already?

"Just because you change gender doesn't mean you change your core beliefs," suggested the event's moderator, journalist Buzz Bissinger.

Jenner didn't seem surprised by the question. "I have gotten more flak for being a conservative Republican than I have for being trans," she said, according to

Jenner has made similar claims before—presumably with reference to the liberal biases of the sorts of people she encounters in Hollywood. But the remark was even more fitting when made against the backdrop of the University of Pennsylvania. No place on earth is less tolerant of non-liberals and non-Democrats than college campuses. They are friendly toward trans people—a good thing, because trans people deserve the same rights and respect as everyone else—but aggressively hostile toward disagreement.

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