On the new TV show I Am Cait, Caitlyn Jenner goes on a road trip with a group of her new transgender friends including political activist Jenny Boylan. On the road, the group discusses several serious issues including homelessness and unemployment among transgender people. Jenner surprises her friends with her conservative views. “You don’t want people to get totally dependent on it,” Jenner says about welfare. “That’s when they get in trouble. ‘Why should I work? I got a few bucks, I got my room paid for.”
Boylan later tells the camera that she’s worried about Jenner becoming a spokesperson for the transgender community. “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,” says Boylan. “Living in the bubble is an impediment to understanding other people.” In addition to being a Professor of English at Barnard College (she graduated from Wesleyan and Johns Hopkins), Boylan serves on the Police Advisory Board of Gender Rights Maryland and was chosen as the first openly transgender co-chair of GLAAD’s National Board of Directors. After she made her male to female transition in 2000, Boylan wrote her autobiography, She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, which became a bestseller. I Am Cait airs Sundays at 8pm on E!