"When I came out as being Republican, the community, I get it: the Democratic Party does a better job when it comes to LGBT community, the trans community, all that kind of stuff, and Obama has actually been very good from that standpoint, with just recently letting trans people serve openly in the military. They are already there; finally they can serve openly. I think that's a very good step for our community for equal rights."
"One thing that was really important when I decided to transition and to do this after, at that time after 65 years of struggle, was one that I could make a difference. If I lived my life authentically but then also be in a position with a platform to make a difference in the world. What a great opportunity at my age to be able to do something like that! And that was important to me and so this is part of the process."
Toward the end of her RNC speech, Hoover asked Caitlyn Jenner what she would tell Donald Trump to help him understand the experience of being trans. Caitlyn responded by talking about how transgendered people thrive once they make the decision to live authentically by coming out. She remarked about how transgendered people have been marginalized, and while they are only a small proportion of the voters, a safe environment must be provided for them.
Montel Williams also spoke at the event. Variety noted how he supported Caitlyn Jenner's RNC speech, comparing the LGBT struggle to the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s when blacks and whites fought against hate and for equality.
Caitlyn Jenner's RNC speech is a testament to the ability to support a political party, in this case the Republican Party, without necessarily agreeing with everything about it. The fact that she was invited to the event by the Republican Party shows a willingness to be open and accept diversity within its ranks.
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