Former U.S. Olympic athlete and “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star Caitlyn Jenner is considering running for governor of California as Gov. Gavin Newsom faces a recall election, Axios has reported.
Jenner, a vocal Republican and previous Trump supporter, is said to be “actively exploring” a run for governor of California, three sources close to the situation told Axios.
Jenner has been consulting with longtime GOP fundraiser, Caroline Wren, about her candidacy – whom Jenner met through her work with the American Unity Fund, a GOP nonprofit focused on LGBT issues.
The former Olympic gold medalist came out as a transgender woman in 2015 and has since been a vocal advocate for the LBGTQ community and transgender rights.
According to The Out for America 2020 report from the LGBTQ Victory Institute, an organization that follows and advocates for LGBTQ+ American political candidates, there was a 21% increase in the number of out LGBTQ+ elected officials in the United States in 2020. 5% of those were transgender.
79.7% of LGBTQ elected officials ran as Democrats, 2.7% ran as Republicans, 2.3% ran as Independents and 15% ran as “other,” according to the Out for America demographics.
Over 50 openly transgender candidates ran for office in 2020, however, about half lost the primary races or dropped out.
In the 2020 general election, voters elected six transgender candidates to state office.
Only 0.009% of elected officials in the U.S. are transgender.
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Army’s First Trans Officer Indicted for Spying for Russia
The U.S. Army’s first transgender officer and his wife, a Maryland doctor, are making headlines. No, not for breaking any ideological woke barriers; for “allegedly attempting to transfer confidential military medical information to Russia.”
The two were charged in an eight-count indictment on conspiracy charges Wednesday. Major Jamie Lee Henry, who lived with his anesthesiologist wife Anna Gabrielian, was granted his request to officially change his name in accordance with his gender preference in 2015.
Henry and Gabrielian allegedly volunteered to “retrieve private medical records from the United States Army and Johns Hopkins in order to assist the Russian government.”
National Review reports:
The pair are accused of stealing patient health files from Johns Hopkins and Fort Bragg and giving them to an individual they believed to be working for the Russian government. They aimed to show that they could access classified information and readily provide it to Moscow to demonstrate their allegiance, according to the indictment.
However, the individual to whom they hoped to deliver the information was an undercover FBI agent. At a covert August 17 meeting, Gabrielian told the agent that she was devoted to helping Russia’s cause even if it cost her her job or landed her in prison. She arranged a subsequent meeting with Henry and the agent, still believing him to be affiliated with the Kremlin.
That evening, in the agent’s hotel room, Henry expressed that he was committed to supporting Russia and had considered enlisting in the Russian army after the invasion of Ukraine. However, he told the agent he was disqualified because he didn’t have any “combat experience.”
“The way I am viewing what is going on in Ukraine now, is that the United States is using Ukrainians as a proxy for their own hatred toward Russia,” Henry reportedly told the agent.
“Prior to Henry’s case, identifying as a sex different than the one on one’s birth certificate made a soldier unfit for military service, warranting discharge” writes National Review.
Gabrielian worked at the Johns Hopkins school of medicine, and Henry worked as a staff internist stationed at Fort Bragg.
If convicted, the two could face up to five years in federal prison for the conspiracy charge, and a maximum of ten years in federal prison for each count of publishing secret military medical records.
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