When Bruce Jenner announced that he was a Republican in his all-encompassing interview with Diane Sawyer on Friday, the revelation initially seemed minor compared to his emphasis on his transition from man to woman. But with only 21 percent of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans identifying themselves as Republicans, it’s significant for those tracking political trends, reported the Washington Post.
In contrast, 63 percent say that they are Democrats, based on a Gallup poll. When Sawyer asked him about President Obama’s decision to become the first to use the term transgender in the State of the Union speech, Jenner hedged.
“I’ve always been on the more conservative side,” said Bruce.
However, when Diane asked Jenner if he categorizes himself as a Republican, Bruce confirmed that political party identification.
Jenner reflected on the significance of his identification as transgender and Republican, reported CNN.
“I believe in the Constitution,” he said firmly.
As for whether his journey to going from man to woman might upset the more conservative Republicans in the nation, Jenner contends that neither party can claim it’s the only one to understand and support LGBT rights. Bruce also revealed that he would be willing to ask House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to show their support for LGBT issues.
“In a heartbeat, why not?” Jenner asked rhetorically. “And I think they’d be very receptive to it.”
In addition, Jenner revealed that he is a Christian, reported Fox News.
“I would sit in church and always wonder, ‘In God’s eyes, how does he see me?'” recalled Bruce of past visits to churches.
However, over time, Jenner said that he’s accepted that his transgender journey constitutes his purpose in life, and he links that to God and his Christian faith.
“Maybe this is my cause in life. This is why God put me on this earth… to deal with this issue.”
As the Inquisitr reported, Bruce’s daughters and his ex-wife, Kris Jenner, showed their support and belief that, as Bruce pointed out, he believes that his mission to publicize his transgender journey has the potential to help others.
“Couldn’t be a more proud daughter. With courage and bravery, let’s change the world. I am honored to stand by Bruce’s side and support him,” posted Kourtney.
Kris Jenner described her former husband as a hero.
“Not only was I able to call him my husband for 25 years and father of my children, I am now able to call him my hero.”
Ellen DeGeneres also took to social media to share her support and admiration for Bruce’s interview honesty and his family’s support.
“@DianeSawyer did an absolutely incredible job. I’m glad he has supportive, loving children to help him through. Bruce Jenner is a beautiful, brave human being. Sending him lots of love. He’s saving lives and opening minds tonight.”
[Image via ABC News]