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Could Caitlyn Jenner Be the Face of a New Republican Party?

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‘It’s been eye-opening!’: Caitlyn Jenner shares being part of the transgender community is ‘fantastic’ and she’ll ‘never go back’ to being Bruce.

Caitlyn Jenner has posted another inspiring blog post entitled “The Future Looks Bright”, as she answers a few fans’ questions with incredible honesty. She answered fan questions on her personal blog under the headline “The Future Looks Bright”, also revealing that she was sent so many questions last week that her site crashed.ESPN has explained its controversial decision to give one of the most prestigious awards in sports to Caitlyn Jenner, the long-retired Olympic athlete who came out as a transgender woman earlier this year. The reality star – formerly Bruce – is updating her blog weekly, and in her latest post, she shared a new stunning snap stood in front of the American flag, as she spoke directly to her fans.

Answering a question about her favourite part of becoming Caitlyn, she wrote: “Recently I went on a trip with some of my new friends and I had such a wonderful time. The announcement that Jenner would receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at this year’s ESPYs Awards was met with some criticism, with sportscaster Bob Costa calling it a “crass exploitation play” designed to boost ratings.

She wrote: “Even though I can’t get back to each and every one of you, I want you to know that I’m reading your kind words and that they mean the world to me. The I Am Cait star also said that she finds being a part of the transgender community so ‘fantastic’ and ‘liberating’ that she will ‘never go back’ to being Bruce Jenner. She responded to a fan who asked about her “biggest disappointment”, saying “it’s been both eye-opening and difficult to see first-hand what so many members of the trans community have had to go through just to be themselves.

Here are just a few to get us started.” When one asked what it was that sparked her decision to open up about her wish to become a woman, Caitlyn admitted it is different for everyone, and she has always lived with it. For example, a boy at a young age — four or five-years-old — might refuse to wear guy clothes and will only wear dresses. “Not as a one-time thing, or as just dress-up play, but insistently, every day saying, ‘I’m a girl.’ They can’t — and won’t — hide their true identity, even at that young age. It’s honestly been incredibly positive.” Jenner partnered with WhoSay to release a series of articles called “The Real Me,” the first of which appeared online last Monday. Jenner then responded to several questions from her fans and in one of her passages she noted she was glad to pack for a trip for the first time as a woman.

But when Caitlyn declared she is a conservative Republican, she headed into the confusing crossroads of celebrity, advocacy, entertainment and politics. I’ve met so many accepting people.” She went on to share inspiring messages she has received from fans, and ended by writing: “What a powerful message for all walks of life. Her recent revelations triggered political support from both parties—President Obama, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison (the first Muslim elected to Congress), and Republican Senator . Grover Norquist, founder of the Americans for Tax Reform, expressed support calling her a “solid Reagan Republican.” “What it has shown me is this is not a partisan issue. So whether Caitlyn is ready or not, she is high-profile,” Angelo said. “Political figures are weighing in on her and her politics, and I think there is a tremendous opportunity for her to use her own voice in all of this.” Celebrities like Jenner often use star power and wealth to influence public opinion and political change.

Hollywood is typically more socially liberal than the Republican party, says Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. “Most stars generally support the Democrats because they take that side in the cultural wars,” Kondik said. “Republicans love to bash Hollywood, but whenever a star comes out as Republican they get the royal treatment.” “Republicans are always looking for celebrities to promote their party. Famous people in the entertainment industry are generally liberal Democrats, so those who are not can win a special place in the GOP—Ronald Reagan being the most famous example,” Kondik said. South Carolina senator and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Lindsey Graham offered support on a recent CNN State of the Union. “I haven’t walked in [Jenner’s] shoes,” he said “I don’t have all the answers to the mysteries of life. Rick Santorum, another presidential candidate, also commented saying, “My responsibility as a human being is to love and accept.” Could Caitlyn take the stage at the 2016 Republican National Convention? It’s just hard to image that happening, even if Jenner wanted to do something like that.” Still, GOP 2016 hopefuls had better be prepared for Caitlyn Jenner debate questions. “If they are not, their communications directors are fools by the way,” Angelo told E!

This is the consequence of a high-profile transgender Republican celebrity.” When Caitlyn Jenner’s sit down interview with Sawyer aired, she propelled transgender issues again into the spotlight. Vanity Fair catapulted her impact and reach even further. “What the special did more than anything else was provide a deep education about individual and personal struggles transgender individuals have in terms of being true to themselves and the incredible twist that Caitlyn Jenner came out twice as transgender and as Republican,” Angelo said.

They can see her come to terms with it and get acceptance.” Jenner telling her story also had a ripple effect, leading to many other transgender people sharing their stories with the media in the aftermath. “Jenner is only one story but it triggered a tsunami of media interviews. I am letting Caitlyn Jenner’s agent know I would be more than happy to take her to Capitol Hill and introduce her to prominent Republicans,” Angelo said. And Caitlyn has already accomplished “tremendous educational advocacy” with Republicans just by being who she is and letting everyone know, Angelo added. “One can only imagine how much she could do if she made a point to come to Washington and actively engage in advocacy,” he said. “The potential to make in-roads has never been greater.” Caitlyn Jenner is already taking the steps toward increased advocacy and possible political involvement.

In The Real Me series, Caitlyn plans to tell stories about people, explore “serious issues” within the LGBT community, and share the lessons she’s learning on this new course. “Who knows what the future may hold. He was a celebrity endorser to get support for candidates and then ingratiated himself to party leaders and then he got some credibility and so on,” Kondik said.

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