Politics & Government

Haley gets praise for LGBT stance from Caitlyn Jenner

Former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley got some unexpected praise of her record on LGBT rights Thursday from an unlikely source — transgender athlete and TV star Caitlyn Jenner.

Jenner told the hosts of “The View” that she quietly was using her celebrity status to lobby members of President Donald Trump’s administration on LGBT issues, including the United Nations ambassador.

“This afternoon, I’m at the U.N.,” Jenner said. “Nikki Haley, I have a meeting with her on LGBT issues worldwide.”

Haley wasn’t known for her support for gay rights issues as S.C. governor, but Jenner praised her for opposing a transgender bathroom bill in the state Legislature after North Carolina controversially passed a similar piece of legislation.

Jenner conceded Haley had been an opponent of same-sex marriage as governor. “But the good news is, pretty much everybody’s come around.”

Jenner has been an outspoken Republican and Trump supporter, though she acknowledged on “The View” that Democrats tend to “do better” on gay rights. But she said the United States is still a leader on LGBT issues compared to other countries.

“They’d chop my head off in some countries,” Jenner said.

Jenner also praised Haley’s work at the United Nations, noting she denounced the reported government-backed torture and killing of gays in Chechnya earlier this year.

Jenner rose to fame as Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner and member of the Kardashian family before she came out as a transgender woman in 2015. When asked about the N.C. bathroom bill on the campaign trail in 2016, Trump said he wouldn’t mind if Jenner used the women’s restroom in Trump Tower.