Reality show star Caitlyn Jenner has drawn criticism from both conservatives and trans activists after meeting with a Houston pastor who loudly opposed an ordinance extending anti-discrimination statutes to the local trans community.
According to Towleroad, Jenner attended an event hosted by Pastor Ed Young while filming her upcoming show I Am Cait.
Young’s son, Ed Young Jr., later posted pictures online of Jenner praying with him inside Second Baptist Church, as seen below.
— Ed Young (@EdYoung) December 18, 2015
Earlier this year, Young denounced the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), arguing that it was “totally deceptive and deadly.” As PinkNews reported, opponents of the measure released a commercial regurgitating the conservative talking point that it would allow men to assault girls inside womens’ bathrooms.
The ordinance, which was opposed by several Christian conservatives, was subsequently rejected at the polls in a local election.
Activist Kate Bornstein stated on Twitter that Jenner described videos opposing HERO as “highly offensive.” Bornstein also said that the conversation between Jenner and Young was not filmed for the show.
But while Young and his son seemed receptive to meeting Jenner, former Harris County Republican Party chair Jared Woodfill criticized her for being at the church.
“You don’t go to a kids’ Christmas play and use that as a vehicle to send your message,” he told KTRK-TV. “That’s just plain wrong.”
Jenner was also criticized by a local activist, Monica Roberts, for not discussing the ordinance with members of Houston’s trans community supporting it and instead flying in Bornstein and other white advocates from other part of the country.
Roberts wrote in Transgriot that while Jenner’s meeting with Young would get national attention, she did not highlight work done by Melissa Murry, who led the push by trans activists to visit his services in the hopes of winning over members of his congregation into supporting HERO.
“This is about once again the predominately white trans community conveniently ignoring the fact that some of our trans leaders don’t look like y’all, and blowing another opportunity to use your vanillacentric privilege and media access to showcase some of those leaders,” Roberts wrote.
Watch KTRK’s report, as aired on Friday, below.