“One ‘Aw, Shit’ Wipes Out a Thousand Attaboys”: Why Billionaire GOP Donor Jennifer Pritzker Is Abandoning Trump After Coming Out as Trans | Vanity Fair

In January she published another opinion piece, in The Washington Post. This time she expressed her disapproval of Trump and the Republican Party by issuing perhaps the only kind of warning they might heed: the threat to close her pocketbook. “I have hoped the Republican Party would reform from within and end its assault on the LGBTQ community. Yet the party continues to champion policies that marginalize me out of existence, define me as an eccentric character,” she wrote. “I ask Republicans to prioritize policies that improve our country for all Americans. When the GOP asks me to deliver six- or seven-figure contributions for the 2020 elections, my first response will be: why should I contribute to my own destruction?”

Even for a billionaire with a loyal family, transitioning is arduous. “I’ve had troubles and woes being transgender. Anyone who is does,” she says. “Anyone who’s transgender I think has like this inner compass. Whenever it is used it will point to true north. Femininity is my true north. I think I had these feelings going all the way back to when I was a child. I had a dual current. I had a male body, but I would gravitate to feminine things, like wanting to dress. In my youth, in a lot of places, it was against the law. And forget about going in the Army.”

For years Pritzker cross-dressed in private. “It was a vehicle, a tool, to take you to another state. I discovered that I really do think of myself inwardly as a female. I don’t deny biological reality. I was born with a male body. But the whole point of being transgender is that human beings are complex and multidimensional. It is possible to have a person who has the physical characteristics of one sex, but the emotions and psychological makeup of the other.”

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