Caitlyn Jenner has made it clear she is attending the Trump Inauguration, as confirmed by People magazine. There has even been news of an arranged dance between Trump and Caitlyn by a Trump adviser, but this idea has been called ‘ridiculous’ and hypothetical by her rep, though not totally ruled out. It wouldn’t be the strangest thing to happen in the Trump Twilight Zone.
‘There have been no discussions about who Caitlyn will or won’t dance with, or if she will dance at all. I can’t deal in hypotheticals and have no idea what any Trump aids hope happens. Of course, the real question is if they danced, who would lead?,’ Jenner’s rep told People.
What is clear is that Caitlyn’s political alignments are at odds with the transgender and larger LGBTQA community. Witness this tweet from yesterday and the responses, including one by Mrs. Betty Bowers, AKA Deven Green, Canadian comedian, performer, and musician.
Mrs. Betty Bowers @BettyBowers @Caitlyn_Jenner Are you responding to GOP’s ad “Looking for reality TV narcissist who makes everything about them”? Position was filled.
@Caitlyn_Jenner who's gonna help u understand LGBTQ Rights. You said u didn't support gay marraige?
— history guy pietro (@brxwncanadian) January 18, 2017
Caitlyn certainly receives bounteous criticism from her new-found community for her unchanging political following. She also seems totally oblivious to the nature of insults that are hurled at her anytime her name comes up in Republican circles.
— Kayla Lynnay (@KayyLynnay) January 18, 2017
Consider Caitlyn’s evolution as she went from the life of a privileged and famous athlete to a privileged and famous transgender woman. That’s right, there hasn’t been an evolution in terms of her political views, despite the antagonism that Republicans have consistently shown to the mere idea of LGBT rights – Despite the fact that many of Trump’s cabinet picks have a long storied history of being anti-gay and anti-transgender rights. It’s a paradoxical story to witness, and one that demonstrates how firmly entrenched political ideologies can be, to the detriment of one’s own community.
White privilege, especially for those lucky enough to be wealthy, breeds right-wing hypocrisy that transcends all belief, and in this case, gender. It certainly makes it impossible for her to effectively represent the community she now publically represents, though she may have the idea that she can change the Republicans from within. Or maybe she believes that our common humanity should transcend political parties and really truly thinks her visibility as a Republican will be the beginnings of some feeble bridge.
As transgender activist Sasha Mowen put it,
…because of Jenner, at least a few people can say they know at least one Transgender Person. So again much respect, but she also creates a false stereotype. We all can’t instantly afford gender affirming surgeries, or have them carried out seemingly overnight. Not to mention her views…a lot of her views are just plain wrong. She makes a lot of transgender people feel they have to ‘pass’ as their desired gender to be accepted by society…and that’s horrible. Sure, she is one of us but she does not represent all of us. That simple. ~Sasha Mowen
One day, depending on the events the will take place following the inauguration of Trump, Caitlyn may see that her party has betrayed her, despite her efforts to reconcile her transgender female identity with the politics she had in her formative years. Take the case of Jennifer Williams, filmmaker, writer and Republican county committeewoman, who discovered that for herself last year.
I voted and campaigned against President Obama in 2008 and 2012, and I still don’t agree with most of the things he stands for. But as an LGBT American, I have to acknowledge that I’m better off that he was our president. It’s hard for me to write those words, but it’s true. ~Jennifer Williams
No, my party can’t change overnight, but there’s a big difference between gradually evolving with the times and actively going out of the way to be the party of discrimination when it’s supposed to be the party of Abraham Lincoln. ~Jennifer Williams
For more, view this frank discussion of Caitlyn’s appearance on Ellen:
Featured image: Disney | ABC Television Group (CC by 2.0) and Gage Skidmore (CC by 2.0)