Caitlyn Jenner Prays with Anti-LGBT Pastor, Ignites Outrage (PHOTO)
Caitlyn Jenner is stirring up fresh controversy, having been photographed talking and praying with a prominent anti-LGBT rights pastor.
The reality star attended a December 17 Christmas pageant at the Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, the largest Baptist church in the country.
While there, she met with Dr. Ed Young, a pastor who recently helped defeat the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which would have worked against discrimination in the Texas city.
Per local affiliate FOX 26, Ed called HERO “godless” and “deceptive and deadly” for its protection of trans individuals’ right to use restrooms matching their gender. He also appeared in TV commercials urging voters to vote against the ordinance.
Per Kate Bornstein, a queer theorist and friend of Caitlyn’s who has appeared regularly on I Am Cait, Caitlyn talked with Ed’s father about the pastor’s views.
But not everyone appreciated the talk of politics. “You don't go to a kids’ Christmas play and use that as a vehicle to send your message. That’s just plain wrong,” former county GOP chair Jared Woodfill told ABC 13.
Meanwhile, Kate dispels reports Cait was filming scenes for her reality shows:
But the controversy comes from both sides, as local trans activist Monica Roberts criticized Caitlyn for filming her show around Houston with an all-white squad of women and then going to Second Baptist Church, “a venue in which senior pastor Ed Young was hypocritically preaching anti-HERO and anti-trans vitriol from his pulpit as one of his youth ministers was getting carted off to jail for molesting teen Second Baptist girls.”
Caitlyn has stoked outrage multiple times in the past two months, saying she’s “comfortable” with human rights issues in the U.S., saying the hardest part about being a woman is “figuring out what to wear,” and saying trans women who look like men in dresses make people uncomfortable.
But the former Olympian seems committed to becoming more articulate and better informed, writing, “There are some things that I have not gotten right.
“Sometimes this is because I’m still finding out about the issues. Sometimes this is because something that is true for me isn’t true for other people in our community. And sometimes I’ve said things that just come out the wrong way.”