On whether Ted cruz likes Caitlyn, we will never know, but one thing we know is he does not advocate for LGBT rights so he does not support Caitlyn. Ours is to look at Caitlyn’s significance in LGBT or Rainbow Politics. From the moment she denounced her assigned male status, Caitlyn has been treading where lions do not even dare to tread when it comes to social issues. Yet her actions just show our politically diverse LGBT persons are. The big question in such a case is whether Diversity actually stokes Division or whether Diversity is different from Division.

Diversity is mainly difference and division stems from differences. That being the case it is very possible for humans to express different views which are potentially divisive against each other.

The most important path LGBT politics should take is that of tolerance of different views because tolerance does not fuel divisions like intolerance. But that does not mean divisions disappear. They are part of life.

The same goes with Caitlyn Jenner’s decision to be support Ted Cruz, a person who is anti LGBT rights. It is possible to support a person who may disagree with you on certain issues because what makes you connect with them is of more value than what makes you against them. On the other hand, you may value division more than connection or connect with those who agree with you on every issue or most issues.

So this will cause a lot of confusion in LGBT circles or may not simply because LGBT persons are humans and humans will have a range of views, a range of values systems that are diverse and hence potentially divisive. What counts is that we consciously agree to disagree.


Caitlyn Jenner: ‘I like Ted Cruz’

Will Caitlyn Jenner become a trans ambassador to the White House?

That’s what she’s pitching, should Ted Cruz become president.

Karwai Tang, WireImage

Caitlyn Jenner attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Feb 28.

“I like Ted Cruz,” Jenner, a lifelong Republican, told The Advocate Wednesday.

Here’s why: “I think he’s very conservative, and a great constitutionalist, and a very articulate man,” she said. “I haven’t endorsed him or anything like that. But I also think, he’s an evangelical Christian, and probably one of the worst ones when it comes to trans issues.”

Jenner’s comments began making headlines soon after the article published. Cruz has staunchly protested against trans-friendly gender-open bathrooms (calling them “lunacy”), called marriage equality “fundamentally illegitimate, lawless, and unconstitutional” and opposes the military’s moves to include transgender soldiers.

“We shouldn’t view the military as a cauldron for social experiments,” the presidential candidate said in October.

Jenner, who met Cruz before her transition, seemed aware her political beliefs would stir the pot.

“I get it. The Democrats are better when it comes to these types of social issues. I understand that,” she said, but countered, “Number one, if we don’t have a country, we don’t have trans issues. We need jobs. We need a vibrant economy. I want every trans person to have a job. With $19 trillion in debt and it keeps going up, we’re spending money we don’t have. Eventually, it’s going to end. And I don’t want to see that. Socialism did not build this country. Capitalism did. Free enterprise. The people built it. And they need to be given the opportunity to build it back up.”

Should Cruz win, Jenner, who recently tweeted a photo of her updated country club locker with a new nameplate (adding the hashtag #acceptance) suggested she become “trans ambassador to the president of the United States, so we can say, ‘Ted, love what you’re doing but here’s what’s going on.’”

Jenner’s comments quickly found pushback online. calledthe reality star’s remarks tone-deaf.  “The economy isn’t what’s keeping transgender people from finding employment — it’s anti-transgender discrimination,” wrote Zack Ford.

On Twitter, a message to Jenner from Eunic Ortiz read, “Please stop. You’re hurting us. Sincerely, LGBT people everywhere.”

As of 5:30 p.m. ET, Cruz’s Twitter account had yet to acknowledge Jenner’s comments.


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