Jenner, who wore a white pencil skirt, black cropped blazer and open-toed heels, spoke at an American Unity Fund “Big Tent Brunch” held inside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here.
As the crowd clamored for photos, the subject of fame was brought up, and the dearth of celebrities at the convention this week.
“They already nominated Donald [Trump] last night,” Jenner said, when asked if she was the most famous Republican. “I can’t get in the running, but I can make a difference.”
Jenner, who came out as transgender last year, admitted that while the journey to transition from Bruce to Caitlyn was tough, talking politics was no cake walk either.
“It was easy to come out as trans, it was hard to come out as Republican,” Jenner said. “I want to help the Republican party in so many ways.”
While Jenner acknowledged that the Democrats have done more for LGBT people, she believes that Republicans “need to understand…and know the trans community.”
Introducing herself and others to Republicans is one way Jenner hopes to open the minds of some of her biggest critics. Jenner expressed some discomfort with the social policies of her party, including bills that require trans people to use bathrooms corresponding with the gender on their birth certificate.
Jenner said the “bathroom issue” has been used by politicians since 1877, and noted that in cases where trans people can use the bathroom of their gender identity, not genetics, there hasn’t been any instance of criminal activity.
More broadly, Jenner said she wanted to make an impact on her party’s thinking, so that trans youth can grow up in a better world.
“I acknowledge that it’s a small voting community,” she said. “But it’s about the next generation coming up. We have to provide a safe environment for them. I’m not giving up on this country. I want this country to thrive….I want jobs for everyone. I want jobs for the trans community. Hopefully, we will all make some positive changes.”