Despite the Republican party's long-held opposition to transgender rights, former Olympian and reality television star Caitlyn Jenner remains a steadfast conservative, and even supports policies that directly harm her community, such as Florida's House Bill 1557, which Republican Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed into law.
Though it's colloquially known as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, the legislation does't explicitly prevent teachers from saying the word "gay" in the classroom. It bans any "instruction" on sexual orientation or gender identity from kindergarten to third grade, with only age-appropriate discussion thereafter.
But the bill doesn't define what constitutes "instruction" and relies heavily on parental complaints. Critics say this will inevitably be disproportionately applied to LGBTQ teachers, and that it gives the parents leverage to weaponize any allusion to sexuality or gender identity whatsoever, even as innocuous as the mention of a spouse or the divulgence of pronouns.
Jenner, one of Fox News' latest contributors after a losing gubernatorial campaign in California, expressed enthusiastic support for the law.
When asked by Fox Business host Stuart Varney if Florida made the right call "banning the teaching of gender identity to very young children," Jenner said:
"Absolutely. I'm a big supporter of Ron DeSantis and what he's doing. I'm a parent. I have a very large familly, raised a very large family, lotta grandkids. And I have been in control of my children's destiny and what they're going to learn in school, not some math teacher teaching my kids about gender identity. I can teach those lessons."
But because the bill doesn't define "instruction," it's unclear how English teachers will teach the basic grammatical concept of pronouns, and one could argue even the usage of pronouns counts as "instruction" on gender identity and is therefor in violation of H.B. 1557.
Jenner's answer was widely criticized.
And Jenner's recent unveiling as a Fox contributor continues to generate conversation.
And though Jenner is trying desperately to ingratiate herself within the conservative party, they don't seem ready to sacrifice their transphobia.
Republicans are already calling for similar laws targeting LGBTQ people across the United States.