Learning more about the transgender community has been an eye-opener for Caitlyn Jenner. In a newly released sneak peek of Sunday night’s I Am Cait, the former Olympian’s transgender friends become concerned with her conservative views.
“What’s the big issue?” Jenner, 65, asks in the clip.
“They’re homeless, unemployed, so it’s just going to take a lot more,” Chandi Moore says of some trans people.
Jenner and her friends discuss how they can make a difference for the LGBTQ community during a road trip, but she quickly disagrees when Jen Richards says that entry-level jobs may be a solution.
“[Can’t they] make more not working with social programs than they actually can with an entry-level job?” Jenner asks. “…You don’t want people to get totally dependent on it. That’s when they get in trouble. ‘Why should I work?'” (Jenner wrote in her blog this month that she felt “totally isolated” from the trans community before coming out.)
The women became quiet at the thought, leading Jenny Boylan to be a bit worried. “Caitlyn has every right to be just as conservative as she chooses, but many transgender men and women need social programs to survive, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of,” Boylan says in a voiceover. “Living in the bubble is an impediment to understanding other people. If Cait’s going to be a spokesperson for the community this is something that she’s going to have to understand.”
On Saturday, Aug. 1, Boylan wrote via Facebook that she’s “glad” Jenner is Republican. “I want her to be just as conservative as she wants to be. I have many friends who are conservatives, including many in the LGBT community. We are not a monolith, and there is room for everyone to have their own opinions about how to run the world,” she wrote. “When I was young, my father used to ding his spoon on the side of a wine glass in the midst of a big discussion and say, ‘Okay, now everyone argue the REVERSE of what you were arguing before.’ It made me open-minded, I thought, and I try to have some of that spirit today.”
She continued: “I want to have the right to disagree with Caitlyn as vigorously, and respectfully, as I can, without it affecting our friendship or our respect for each other, same as with any of my other conservative friends. My best friend on the Colby faculty is probably its most conservative member. With what delight do we disagree on everything: except our friendship.”
Jenner previously took Diane Sawyer by surprise when she said she was a Republican during their historic 20/20 interview in April. “Is that a bad thing?” Jenner said at the time. “I believe in the Constitution.”
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I Am Cait airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on E!
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