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After being called names for supporting Donald Trump during the 2016 election, transgender celebrity and Republican Caitlyn Jenner has since criticized President Trump for rescinding public school bathroom access for trans students and has said that she’s “coming after” anti-LGBTQ Republicans, claiming she “never outwardly supported Trump.” Perhaps this political discontent over Republicans doing exactly what they have always done has compelled Jenner to “seriously” consider running for political office.
In an interview with transgender author Jennifer Finney Boylan at the 92nd Street Y community center in New York City this Tuesday, Jenner said that over the next year or two she will consider where she can be most politically effective. She admitted, “I’ve got way too many skeletons in my closet,” but said, “I would seriously look at a run. It just depends where I could be more effective.”
Jenner’s public interview was part of an ongoing book tour for her coming memoir, The Secrets of My Life, which, among others things, accuses lesbian talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres of helping alienate Jenner from the LGBTQ community for allegedly taking Jenner’s views on same-sex marriage out of context.
Here’s a clip of Jenner’s September 2015 interview with DeGeneres:
When asked about same-sex marriage on DeGeneres’ show, Jenner replied, “I kinda like tradition, and it’s always been a man and a woman. And I’m thinking, I don’t quite get it.” She later added, “I’m on board because pretty soon it’s going to be the law of the land. I’m okay with that. I don’t want to stand in front of somebody’s happiness.”
When DeGeneres later spoke of the interview on Howard Stern’s radio show later on, she called Jenner’s views about LGBTQ rights “confusing” and said the Olympian “still had a judgment” on same-sex marriage.
How would a Republican transgender candidate fare in modern politics?
If a transgender Republican political candidate sounds ridiculous, Jenner wouldn’t be the first. In 2010, Donna Milo, a Cuban transwoman ran for U.S. Congress for the state of Florida. Milo only won 22 percent of the vote. The Republican political landscape has changed even more out of Jenner’s favor as the party has continued to sponsor bills in different states denying transgender public accommodations protections (“bathroom bills”) and rolling back municipal LGBTQ non-disrcimination protections.
Last week, Kristian Nairn — the openly gay, Irish-born actor who plays Hodor the gentle giant from Game of Thrones — also said that he’s considering running for office to help pass marriage equality in Northern Ireland.