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CLEVELAND — Reality star Caitlyn Jenner on Wednesday morning bashed anti-transgender bathroom laws around the country, joking that some Republicans should be banned from public restrooms.
“Over the last few years, we have three Republican state representatives who were all arrested for lewd behavior in a men’s bathroom,” she said, mentioning former Mississippi Rep. John Hinson, former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig and former Florida state Rep. Bob Allen.
{mosads}Jenner, a Republican herself, cited reports showing there is no statistical evidence that transgender individuals have been violent toward people in restrooms. Many states have proposed or passed laws requiring individuals to only enter bathrooms that align with the gender they are assigned at birth.
“Maybe what we should do is ban Republican representatives at a state level” from entering public bathrooms, Jenner joked. “We want to protect people.”
She was speaking at an event organized by American Unity Fund and the Log Cabin Republicans — two GOP groups that advocate for LGBT equality issues — in a tented area outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.
Jenner repeated a joke that it was harder to come out as a Republican than as transgender.
She said that the Democratic Party has typically done a better job of supporting the LGBT community, praising President Obama for allowing trans individuals to openly serve in the military.
“I’ve been very disappointed over the last five, 10 years [by the Republican Party], but I won’t give up on it,” she said.
Called the Big Tent Brunch, the event served to highlight the importance of pro-LGBT issues in the Republican Party. 
While the GOP platform this year shifted even further to the right — with some calling it the most anti-LGBT language ever — equality issues including marriage equality are supported by a majority of Republican voters, especially younger ones.
“The Republican Party needs to understand,” Jenner said. “They need to know people that are trans.”
American Unity Fund President Margaret Hoover, who moderated the conversation with Jenner, called the Olympic gold medalist the “most famous Republican in the world.”
“They already nominated Donald [Trump] last night [for president]. I can’t get into running, but I can make a difference,” Jenner responded.

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