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Caitlyn Jenner was asked the tough questions during her speaking engagement at the University of Pennsylvania last night!
The I Am Cait star appeared in front of a sold out house of students Wednesday night and U. Penn students didn't hold back in asking important questions.
In response to one student who asked Caitlyn why she doesn't belong to a more liberal political party, the 66-year-old E! star replied (via a local Philadelphia blog), "I have gotten more flack for being a conservative Republican than I have for being trans."
Vanity Fair writer Buzz Bissinger, who was the one interviewing Cait last night, supported Caitlyn's Republicanism adding, "Just because you change gender doesn't mean you change your core beliefs."
Bissinger, who wrote Cait's famous Vanity Fair article last year, later brought up the media headlines suggesting Cait transitioned for publicity or profit. "I don't need the money. So I don't understand that claim," Jenner answered. "No one transitions for financial gain. No way...You don't do it unless you know deep down in your soul that it's the right thing to do. If I can't be honest with myself about what I'm doing, I'm no good for anything."
Another student asked Caitlyn about her status as an LGBT role model.
"I'm not a role model!" Jenner replied. "I'm so new to this community I don't expect to be one."
Caitlyn also reflected on the fact she never told her father she was transgender before he died over a decade ago. Cait said she imagines her dad telling her today, "You know what, you're doing a good job. You're making a difference."