Months after a Republican-controlled state legislature passed a controversial bill that forces people to use the public bathroom associated with the gender listed on their birth certificate, Caitlyn Jenner is once again speaking out against it.
On Wednesday, while Republicans were meeting in Cleveland for their convention, the transgender activist addressed the Big Tent Brunch sponsored by the pro-LGBT Log Cabin Republicans.
"Maybe what we should do is ban Republicans at a state level [from bathrooms] if we're trying to protect people," Jenner said pointedly.
During her speech, Jenner cited prominent Republican lawmakers who were arrested for "lewd behavior" in public bathrooms. She noted that, since sexual assault is illegal regardless of gender identity or political affiliation, bathroom bills like North Carolina's unnecessarily victimize transgender people.
"The biggest problem is we have a terrible suicide rate of young kids," Jenner said. "Bullying is the biggest problem, not fitting in, suffering from tremendous depression. Now you're telling me that the state of North Carolina is going to come in and bully too? It just doesn't work."
The Republican Party hasn't been too kind to its LGBT members, especially this week. The 2016 GOP platform has been described by the Log Cabin Republicans as "the most anti-LGBT platform" in the history of the party. And Ben Carson gave a speech comparing transitioning to changing ethnicities.
Jenner praised the Democratic Party and President Obama for supporting the LGBT community, but she's not through with being part of the GOP.
"I have to admit, I've been very disappointed over the last five to 10 years, but I won't give up hope on it," Jenner said. "I think the Republican Party needs to understand, they need to know people who are trans."