Caitlyn Jenner: The trans community didn’t support me when I voted for Trump
She’s no longer everywhere: “I don’t do a lot of media. I don’t want to be seen everywhere. Today, I’m very politically involved. Nobody really knows it. I do it very quietly because I have been so criticized by the liberal side of the media. I can get more things done if I don’t stick my nose into everything publicly.”
Being rejected by the trans community for supporting Republicans like Ted Cruz & Donald Trump: “No matter what you say or do, they think you don’t get it because you’re this kind of white, privileged person,” says Jenner. She disputes the notion that she hasn’t worked hard, or that her wealth disqualifies her from being an advocate. “I haven’t turned my back on anybody,” she says. But Jenner has received a cold shoulder from some of her peers: “I’ve felt it big time, and it hurts. Sometimes this community can be really tough.”
She goes to Washington every month to meet with legislators: “I met with Paul Ryan. I’ve met with just about everybody. Publicly, they aren’t supportive of transgender rights. I’ve never had anybody not be nice to my face.”
She’s disappointed that Trump hasn’t done anything for the trans community: “Get over it! I honestly don’t know what happened when he got in there. It was extraordinarily disappointing. He’s not been doing a very good job, but it’s not over yet.”
She won’t confirm that Sophie Hutchins, a 22-year-old transgender woman, is her girlfriend: Hutchins is at her house on the day of our interview, and she follows us into Jenner’s office to listen to our conversation. Although they sound like a couple — Jenner asks Hutchins for the name of the last great movie they saw together (Hutchins suggests “I, Tonya”) — they deny that they are. “We are not going to get into that,” Jenner says. “But we are very close. We do a lot of things together. We’re kind of inseparable. We’re the best of friends.” Regardless of the nature of their personal relationship, Hutchins is the executive director of the Caitlyn Jenner Foundation, which was formed last year to advance transgender rights.