Caitlyn Jenner has already come out against bathroom laws (and Ted Cruz), but at an American Unity Fund event Wednesday morning, she offered a modest proposal for how Republicans can create laws that better protect both men and women in public bathrooms. She explained that she, and everyone in the trans community, wants safety in bathrooms. Historically, however, trans people in bathrooms aren’t the problem.
“Over the last few years, we’ve had three Republican state representatives — Jon Hinson, Larry Craig, and Bob Allen — who were all arrested for lewd behavior in a men’s bathroom,” she said. “During that time period, no trans person ever … had any problem. I know how the government loves statistics — maybe what we should do is ban Republican representatives at a state level from being in bathrooms, if we’re trying to protect people.” In other words, she said, laws like North Carolina’s are based on a “nonissue.”
Jenner went on to say that bathroom laws hurt an already vulnerable population: trans kids. “The biggest problem is we have a terrible suicide rate of young kids,” she said. “Bullying is the biggest problem, not fitting in, suffering from tremendous depression. Now you’re telling me that the state of North Carolina is going to come in and bully [them] too? It just doesn’t work.”
And although she maintained that she’s a staunch Republican, Jenner said that there are “certain elements in the Republican Party when it comes to the LGBTQ community” that need to be addressed. “I would tell Donald that these are people out there who have been marginalized for so many years,” she said. “It’s about the next generation growing up, and we have to provide a safe environment for them, and that’s by far the most important thing.”