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A soldier eloquently defends Caitlyn Jenner’s courage award

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A soldier eloquently defends Caitlyn Jenner’s courage award.

Once she picked out the perfect dress for the ESPYs, Caitlyn Jenner had to overcome a fear much greater than her appearance — reading off a teleprompter. Caitlyn Jenner’s blog post this week focused on her preparations for her powerful ESPYs speech as she accepted her Arthur Ashe award amidst controversy.

She reveals how worried she was about what to wear, but when Donatella Versace reached out to offer her stunning white number, she jumped at the chance. “I really wanted to feel real comfortable up there (although there was a corset under that dress, so I don’t know how comfortable I was!).A 23-year-old man who is a behavioral health specialist in the Army heard the arguments why Caitlyn Jenner wasn’t a worthy recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award and quietly, eloquently put to rest the arguments against giving her the award.The “Orange Is the New Black” actress joined the reality star at a private screening of her forthcoming E! docu-series “I Am Cait” on Sunday, meeting in person for the first time since Jenner came out as a woman. “@caitlynjenner and I finally met in person at a special private advance screening of #IAmCait. #TransIsBeautiful #girlslikeus #caitlynjenner,” the transgender actress wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo of them side by side at the screening.

was nervous for many reasons prior to taking the stage at the ESPYs, but her biggest fear didn’t have to do with making her first official public appearance; it had to do with reading her speech. Jenner reveals she was nervous about tripping on her dress and she was also worried she would get too emotional to speak and “lose it.” The actual act of speaking so publicly, however, was made all the more challenging because of Caitlyn’s childhood dyslexia . “Reading my speech off of the teleprompter was a whole other story,” said Jenner. “As I was a dyslexic kid, my biggest fear in life was to go in front of the class and read because I just wasn’t very good at it — and that stays with you through your whole life.” “I really had to stick to the prompter because I only had a certain number of minutes to make it right, to get my points across. Joey Vicente, who lives in San Antonio, wasn’t looking for attention when wrote a private Facebook post that was shared across social media and reached Buzzfeed’s Stephanie McNeal. “I posted what I posted because it’s what I feel,” he told Buzzfeed News. 40% of the transgender community have attempted suicide. The stars were joined by other trans community activists, including performance artist Candis Cayne, who Cox said paved the way for her and other transgender people. Meeting others like her, she says, has been “an eye-opening experience.” Touched by their harrowing but often inspiring stories of survival, Jenner, 65, has partnered with WhoSay to release a weekly series of editorials called “The Real Me” that shine a light on the issues and people in the LGBT community.

While she liked her Versace gown, Jenner very much disliked her own voice, saying it was difficult for her to watch herself on television. “I still have a voice issue,” says Jenner. ” It’s not quite right compared to my feminine appearance. Although her speech left the crowd awe-struck and her children couldn’t have been more proud, Jenner writes that she had a tough time looking at them from the stage because she still worries about causing them pain. “The toughest part in the speech was my kids,” she admits. “It was hard to look over there and see all of my children.

That bothers me a little bit.” In the post, the former Olympian also thanked ESPY executive producer Maura Mandt for supporting her award despite “the little bit of the controversies.” Jenner is referring to people who complained that she should not have won the courage award in the first place. “Thank all of you for your support,” she said in the conclusion. I practiced, and practiced, and practiced, and practiced to make sure I’d nail it.” But not all of it was rehearsed, and Caitlyn reveals: “The piece on my mom was improvised and so was the little joke I had in the beginning.

Like many bigots of the civil rights era, you will one day have to answer for your hate, whether it is to your God, a loved one, or your few hundred Facebook friends that you think give the slightest bit of a [expletive] about what kind of sandwich you ate or what kind of workout you got in today. But when Jenner decided to leave the party early to go home to watch the awards show in its entirety, she found it a “little difficult” to watch because of her voice.

But in using terms like “freak” or [a slur] you paint a much more vivid picture of yourself than you ever could of Caitlyn Jenner, a human being just now finally finding her comfort zone. Everybody was there supporting me and helping me get through this, but when I got up on stage and started the presentation, I tried to separate myself from where I was and concentrate on the prompter.

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