Caitlyn Jenner hasn’t transitioned enough for some folks.
That much became clear in a segment on her reality series, “I Am Cait,” as she chatted with her new transgender friends about the struggles with homelessness and unemployment within their community.
“Don’t, a lot of times, they can make more not working, with social programs, than they actually can with an entry-level job?” Jenner asked.
One friend replied with the rote they’re-getting-help-because-they-need-it line. Jenner responded: “But you don’t want people to get totally dependent on it. That’s when they get in trouble. ‘Why should I work? I got a few bucks, I got my room paid for.’ ”
In a breakout, LGBT activist Jenny Boylan later told the camera:
“Now I’m worried. Caitlyn has every right to be just as conservative as she chooses, but many transgender men and women need social programs to survive, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of . . .
“Cait’s going to be a spokesperson for the community. This is something she’s going to have to understand.”
To join her new community, Caitlyn has to tick every box of the party line? In a community that often spouts the need for tolerance and acceptance, it’s funny to see where tolerance ends: opposing political ideals.
This, when Jenner is plainly right: Having a job, even at entry level, is the best way out of poverty — however you identify.