Caitlyn Jenner was photographed praying with pastor Dr. Ed Young on Wednesday.
Jenner, who was filming for her reality show “I Am Cait,” attended a Christmas pageant at Houston’s Second Baptist Church, the largest Baptist church in the country. Queer theorist and friend of Jenner’s, Kate Bornstein, tweeted that Jenner and Young were discussing trans issues.
“Proud of @Caitlyn_Jenner, saying to @EdYoung’s father’s face that the pastor’s #transphobic hate videos r highly offensive to all #trans ppl,” Bornstein tweeted.
Bornstein also insisted that Jenner’s meeting with Young was not filmed for the show.
“The exchange btwn Pastor Ed Young & @Caitlyn_Jenner wasn’t filmed or recorded by TV crew—I have a clip on my iPhone,” Bornstein tweeted.
Young’s son, Ed, tweeted a photo of Jenner speaking with the elder Young. The photo was captioned “Dad and @Caitlyn_Jenner had a great conversation and prayer after last night’s service! #grace.”
Young recently worked toward defeating the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which would have fought against discrimination in Houston. HERO would have also protected trans people’s right to use the restroom that matched their gender.
According to FOX26 Houston, Young called the ordinance “godless” and “deceptive and deadly.” He also appeared in television commercials to convince voters to vote against HERO.
Jenner’s meeting with Young has come under fire. Houston-based trans activist Monica Roberts was outraged by the encounter.
She wrote on her blog that the church Jenner visited is “a venue in which senior pastor Ed Young was hypocritically preaching anti-HERO and anti-trans vitriol from his pulpit as one of his youth ministers was getting carted off to jail for molesting teen Second Baptist girls.”