One of the most surprising things to come out of the "20/20" interview with Bruce Jenner Friday night, where he came out as a transgender woman, is that the Olympic champion is Republican. And it looks like the Log Cabin Republicans are wasting no time trying to recruit the 65-year-old Olympic Champion.

In a press release issued April 24, shortly after the 2-hour ABC interview, the gay conservative group lauded Jenner for coming out as transgender and Republican.

"Tonight, in an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer, decorated Olympic athlete and celebrity Bruce Jenner came out as transgender and as a conservative Republican," the release reads.

"As the nation's only organization representing LGBT conservatives and straight allies, Log Cabin Republicans congratulates Bruce Jenner in the tremendous courage he demonstrated tonight, being true to himself both in terms of his personal identity as well as his political identity," Log Cabin Republicans' national executive director Gregory T. Angelo said. "There is a home for you in Log Cabin Republicans -- as there is for all lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender conservatives and straight allies."

After telling Diane Sawyer, "Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman," Jenner also revealed he is a member of the GOP.

Sawyer asked Jenner how he felt about President Barack Obama being the first president to use the word "transgender" in his 2015 State of the Union.

"Did you cheer the president?" Sawyer asked Jenner.

"I will certainly give him credit for that," Jenner responded. "But not to get political, I've just never been a big fan. I'm kind of more on the conservative side."

"Are you Republican?" Sawyer asked.

"Yeah," Jenner said, smiling. "Is that a bad thing? I believe in the Constitution."

He went on to say that he's wonder if coming out as a woman would upset conservative Republicans, but told Sawyer that neither Republicans nor Democrats have a monopoly on "understanding."

Jenner added he would speak with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to help promote LGBT issues.

"In a heartbeat, why not?" He told Sawyer. "And I think they'd be very receptive to it."

When the Log Cabin Republicans posted the statement to their Facebook page, a number of Facebook users commented on the post.

"It's sad that we live in a world where we're too afraid to say what we believe in for fear of being bullied and attacked," one person wrote. "The 'tolerant' left is going to be hating on him for weeks to come. Since when was belonging to a political party such a sin? This just shows how hypocritical the Democrats are. Praise him for being transgender one minute, dump him the next minute when they find out he's a Republican."

"A transgender GOP? Absolutely. We need to win this election by appealing to moderate/conservative LGBT and other minority groups," another wrote.
[H/T CNN]

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