Caitlyn Jenner says she’s “in” but what is she in for?
The reality TV star has announced her intention to run for California governor in the looming recall race to unseat incumbent Democrat Gavin Newsom.
“I’m In! California has been my home for nearly 50 years. I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality,” her website that launched Friday reads. “But for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.”
The website does not identify her as being affiliated with any political party.
However, the former Olympic athlete-turned-transgender activist has reflected on her political views in the past.
Jenner, a longtime Republican, revealed in a June interview with People last year that she had “changed her political views.” She spoke to the magazine to mark the five-year anniversary of her transition.
“I’ve changed my thinking in a lot of ways,” the 71-year-old reality star told the outlet. Now identifying as “economically conservative, socially progressive,” she believes “we need equality for all, regardless of who’s in the White House.”
“I love my community,” Jenner said. “I truly want to help.”
Jenner’s political beliefs previously caused controversy within the LGBTQ community.
“They said I’m ‘too controversial.’ And that hurt,” she said. “I think I had been wearing rose-colored glasses. I thought I could change the world. Now I know I can only try to and change one person at a time.”
Jeff Olde, co-creator of Jenner’s show “I am Cait,” defended the celebrity and admitted “she’s willing to learn. And learning can be painful.”
Jenner explained that she uses her platform to help the trans community.
“I thought, what a great opportunity to change the world’s thinking; 51% of trans people attempt suicide. The murder rate – we’ve been losing one trans woman of color every two weeks,” she said.
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This is not the first time Jenner has expressed uncertainty regarding the Republican party. In 2017, Jenner publicly spoke against President Donald Trump’s stance on gay marriage to Diane Sawyer on “20/20,” saying “I am 100% behind gay marriage, let’s clear that up right now.”
She also publicly criticized Trump’s decision to reverse a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms on Twitter, calling it “a disaster.”
Jenner officially transitioned in 2015 after battling gender dysphoria. Despite her initial struggles, she explained that she felt “truly seen” for the first time in 2015, when she held her driver’s license photo.
“It was so emotional. There I was. Caitlyn Marie Jenner.”
Contributing: Julie Makinen and Maria Sestito, Palm Springs Desert Sun