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Study finds Caitlyn Jenner has positive impact on trans acceptance in older generation

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In a new paper published by American Politics Research, researchers at the University of Kansas revealed that, in a new study, older transphobic individuals were more likely to have a favorable response to the former “I Am Cait” star than younger transphobic individuals.

The findings are based on a survey of 1400 people who followed news of Jenner’s transition in 2015, in which transphobic people were asked if Jenner’s transition was a sign of “negative social trends.” The percentage of responders among the older demographic questioned showed a higher number were “less likely” to say yes than those among the younger.

In addition, the study also found that older transphobic people were more likely to support pro-transgender policies if they viewed Jenner favorably, which is interpreted as an indicator that people with transphobic views were still willing to support pro-trans policies because of exposure to her story.

According to Associate Professor of Political Science Patrick Miller, one of the reasons for the role of the age factor in the study is “probably” that older people were more likely to think of Jenner as an Olympic gold medalist (i.e., as an American hero), while younger people are more likely to recognize her as a reality television star. He also posits that her support for Donald Trump in the 2016 election is another factor that has made older conservatives like her more.

He says, “What’s interesting about the Jenner case is the people who she seemed to influence are the older, more conservative type — those who probably became vested in her back when she was Bruce Jenner competing in the Olympics and appearing on Wheaties boxes.

“She didn’t appear to have any effect on the younger people who might have been more attuned to ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians.’”

Miller – who co-authored the article with KU’s Don Haider-Markel along with Andrew Flores, Daniel Lewis, Barry Tadlock and Jami Taylor – was using Jenner’s story as a case study in his larger research on how celebrities affect politics in general, an area which he says has been subjected to little academic study.

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PHOTOS: Capital Pride Festival and Concert

Keke Palmer, Billy Porter among entertainers

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Billy Porter performs at the 2024 Capital Pride Festival on Sunday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 2024 Capital Pride Festival and Concert was held along Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest D.C. on Sunday, June 9. Performers included Sapphira Cristál, Keke Palmer, Ava Max, Billy Porter and Exposé.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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Get ready for Baltimore Pride

Events scheduled throughout weekend

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Baltimore Pride Parade (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Baltimore Pride begins this weekend on Friday, June 14 in the heart of the city.

There will be a variety of events, the main ones being Mt. Vernon Pride on June 14 at 2 p.m. on the 200 Block of W. Read St., the Parade and Block Party on Saturday, June 15 at 3 p.m. on N. Charles St., and Pride in the Park on Sunday, June 15 at 3 p.m. at Druid Hill Park.

For more event details, visit Baltimore Pride’s website

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New film festival to spotlight LGBTQ docs

DC/DOX held in theaters throughout city

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DC/DOX, a new film festival in Washington D.C., began on Thursday, June 13 at E-Street Cinema, the U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theatre and Eaton Cinema.

The festival is dedicated to promoting documentary as a leading art form and a series of documentaries on LGBTQ+ stories will premiere, including “Love That Dares Not,” “Sabbath Queen,” and “Familia.” 

For more information, visit DC/DOX’s website.

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