At a speaking engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, Caitlyn Jenner touched on the subject that's on everyone's mind: her political ideology.
“I have gotten more flack for being a conservative Republican than I have for being trans,” Jenner responded to a student who asked why she wasn't a Democrat, considering the party's support of transgender rights—at least in comparison to the Republican Party's outright dismissal.
Buzz Bissinger, who profiled Caitlyn in her coming-out article for Vanity Fair and was serving as interviewer for the night, chimed in, “Just because you change gender doesn’t mean you change your core beliefs.”
Bissinger is also co-writing a memoir with Jenner detailing her life and transition that's set to come out in spring 2017.
Another student asked Jenner to respond to criticism that she's a poor role model for the transgender community, to which the 66-year-old former Olympian replied, “Well, I’m not a role model! I’m so new to this community I don’t expect to be one.”
Bissinger asked Jenner to speak to headlines suggesting she transitioned for publicity or profit.
"I don't need the money. So I don't understand that claim," she answered. "No one transitions for financial gain. No way...You don't do it unless you know deep down in your soul that it's the right thing to do. If I can't be honest with myself about what I'm doing, I'm no good for anything."