An openly gay congressman is cheering the woman formerly known as Bruce Jenner, moments after the “Keeping up with the Kardashians” star revealed her new name and look on a magazine cover.
“Call me Caitlyn,” the cover of Vanity Fair’s July issue reads, with a photo of Jenner flashing a slight smile and posing in a white bustier.
“For all intents and purposes, I am a woman,” Jenner, 65, told Diane Sawyer in an April interview.
On Monday, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) — the first openly gay nonwhite member of Congress — tweeted his support for the former Olympian:
Rep. Gwen MooreGwen Sophia MoorePentagon 'aware' of reports Wisconsin military base's struggle to feed, heat Afghan refugees Wisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality MORE (D-Wisc.) -- the first African-American elected to Congress from Wisconsin -- also praised Jenner, writing:
Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison (D) -- the first Muslim to be elected to Congress -- added his own kind words, tweeting:
Thanks for making a way for all people to be who they are, @Caitlyn_Jenner.— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) June 1, 2015
President Obama's senior advisor Valerie Jarrett similarly welcomed Caitlyn to the world, calling her "brave":
“Bruce always had to tell a lie. He was always living that lie … Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets,” Jenner is heard saying in a video released by Vanity Fair.