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BRUCE JENNER: I’m a transgender, Conservative Republican

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Among many bombshells Bruce Jenner dropped Friday night during his interview with Diane Sawyer  like “I am a woman”  one of the more unexpected items viewers learned is that the Olympian-turned-reality TV star is also a Conservative Republican.

When Sawyer asked if Jenner cheered when Obama became the first president to even say the word “transgender” in a State of the Union address, the 65-year-old replied that he “would certainly give him credit for that.”

“But not to get political,” Jenner continued, “I’ve never been a big fan, I’m kind of more on the conservative side.”

“Are your a Republican?” Sawyer asked in response, to which Jenner replied, “Yeah! Is that a bad thing? I believe in the constitution.”

“Do you think that would be an unsettling thing for some people in the conservative wing of the party?” Sawyer asked.

“I’ve thought about that,” says Jenner, adding that neither political party has a monopoly on understanding.

Sawyer then asked Jenner if he would go to Mitch McConell and John Boehner and ask them to help champion this cause. Jenner responded that he “would do that in a heartbeat, yes, and I think they would be very receptive.”

Currently, 32 states have no laws banning job discrimination against transgender people — something Obama has urged to change in a State of the Union address.

According to a July Gallup poll, 21% of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are Republican or lean Republican, compared with 63% who identify or lean Democratic, per The Washington Post.

Watch Sawyer and Jenner’s full exchange below:

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Bruce Jenner to document life as a transgender woman for E! reality show

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Amid much speculation, E! has officially announced that it will document Bruce Jenner’s life as a transgender woman with a new reality show.

The still untitled series will consist of eight one-hour episodes set to premiere on Sunday, July 26 at 9 p.m.

“Bruce is incredibly courageous and an inspiration, and we are proud to be entrusted with this deeply personal and important story,” said Jeff Olde, E!’s executive vice president of programming and development, in a statement on Friday.

He continued, “This series will present an unfiltered look as Bruce boldly steps into uncharted territory and is true to himself for the first time.”

The series will be produced by Bunim/Murray Productions, the same company behind E!’s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” franchise. Jenner will serve as an executive producer alongside Gil Goldschein, Jeff Jenkins, Farnaz Farjam and Andrea Metz.

Bruce JennerAdditionally, E! has brought on several consultants with expertise in Transgender issues as show consultants. They include GLAAD’s national co-chair for its board of directors, Jennifer Finney Boylan; the Los Angeles Gender Center’s founder and director, Dr. Marie Keller, and the center’s director of child and adolescent services, Susan P. Landon.

E! announced the new series on the heels of Jenner’s much-anticipated interview  with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer on Friday evening. During the interview, the 65-year-old Olympian-turned-reality star sat down with Sawyer and confirmed “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman.”

Over the past year and after divorcing Kardashian momager Kris Jenner earlier this year, Jenner began appearing less on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and was noticeably absent from the family’s reported $100 million dollar contract renewal with E! in February.

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BRUCE JENNER: ‘I’m not gay, I’m heterosexual’

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On Friday, Bruce Jenner confirmed that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman” in a bombshell interview with Diane Sawyer.

When Sawyer asked Jenner if his sexual preference has also changed, the 65-year-old Olympian-turned-reality TV star explained: “I am not gay. As far as I know, I am heterosexual. I’ve never been with a guy, I’ve always been married, raising kids.”

But Sawyer pressed on, asking, “If you’re assigned male and you become a female, but you like women, are you a lesbian?”

“You’re going back to the sex thing and it’s apples and oranges,” Jenner responded. “Sexuality is who you’re attracted to, but gender identity is about who you identify with.”

“So much confusion,” added Jenner.

Sawyer later said vai voiceover that ABC News spoke to both transgender people and experts who explained that “sexual desire and gender are two different things.”

“Right now,” says Jenner, “let’s just say I’m asexual.”

“There’s two different things here,” Jenner explained. “Sexuality is who you personally are attracted to — who turns you on — male or female. But gender identity has to do with who you are as a person and your soul, and who you identify with inside.”

Jenner has previously been married three times and has six biological children.

Bruce Jenner kidsHe was married to Chrystie Crownover from 1972 to 1981, and songwriter Linda Thompson from 1981 to 1984.

Bruce Jenner wivesDuring the interview, Jenner confirmed “my gender was a big part of my break up” to Linda Thompson in 1984. Thompson and Jenner have two sons together, Brody and Brandon, who appeared on Friday’s ABC special.

Bruce Jenner Brandon JennerAfter Jenner and Thompson split, Jenner started taking hormones and was considering transitioning until he met Kris Kardashian and married her five months after they started dating.

Jenner and Kardashian were married from 1991 to 2015.

Bruce Jenner Kim Kardashian Kris Kardashian familyThe former couple have two daughters together, Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

kendall jenner kylie jennerAfter Friday’s interview aired, Kris tweeted:

Not only was I able to call him my husband for 25 years and father of my children, I am now able to call him my hero.

— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) April 25, 2015

As for Jenner’s next steps in his transition and a possible sexual reassignment surgery, he says: “Those are all things in the future for me to explore. No decisions have been made yet.”

Watch Diane Sawyer ask Jenner about his sexuality below:

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