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Caitlyn Jenner Preaches Acceptance in Emotional ESPYs Award Speech

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Caitlyn Jenner Gives Poignant Speech at ESPYS: ‘Trans People Deserve Your Respect’.

Jenner received a standing ovation from the sporting world’s biggest stars after her 10-minute speech Wednesday night during the annual awards honoring the year’s top athletes and moments.

Jenner’s Olympic triumph was remembered as part of a 14-minute video feature that played before two-time Olympic champion soccer player Abby Wambach introduced Jenner at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. “I know the people in this room have respect for hard work, for training, for going through something difficult to achieve the outcome that you desire,” said Jenner, with long brown hair and wearing a white dress. “I trained hard.News of the honour was first announced in June in the same Vanity Fair magazine article that revealed her new look to the world after extensive surgery to transition from her male identity as Olympic athlete Bruce to a female one.Caitlyn Jenner accepted her first formal award on Wednesday since announcing her transition, receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS and giving an emotional speech in the process. “The real truth is that before just a few months ago, I had never met anybody else who was trans,” she said. “Now as you saw, I dealt with my situation on my own, in private. Jenner says she wants to use her powerful celebrity platform to help transgender people achieve acceptance and she urged the audience to learn about people different than themselves. I competed hard, and for that people respected me, but this transition has been harder on me than anything I can imagine.” “It is an honor to have the word courage associated with my life.

She was presented with the honour by Abby Wambach, who is also an Olympic gold medalist, and was part of the US women’s soccer team that won the World Cup earlier this month. It’s been eye-opening, inspiring, but also frightening.” “They’re getting bullied,” Jenner said of trans youth. “They’re getting beaten up. Recipients of the prestigious award, named after the late champion tennis player who died in 1993 after contracting AIDs from a blood transfusion, are represented as having “strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost,” according to ESPN. Caitlyn, 65, initially planned to appear on stage with all ten of her children and stepchildren, including the Kardashian sisters, but they instead showed their support from the audience.

Abby Wambach, the American Olympic soccer player, introduced the presentation, which began with a video documenting a four-decade career marked by public triumph and private struggle. The cable sports network has been giving the honor since 1993 to people whose contributions “transcend sports” and has bestowed it on luminaries like Howard Cosell, Mohammad Ali, Pat Tillman and Billie Jean King. Transgender actress Candis Cayne was set to accompany Caitlyn to the awards ceremony as both of their camps on Wednesday shot down reports of a romance. ‘It was so ridiculous. It has been a long and winding road for Jenner, whom the American public knew for decades as Bruce, the Olympic superstar who won gold and broke world records at the 1976 games in Montreal. Amid the geopolitical insecurities of the Cold War, America found in its athletes — primarily its male athletes — a bulwark to the national psyche, and Jenner, as Buzz Bissinger wrote in Vanity Fair‘s July cover story, was “a symbol of masculinity as interwoven into American culture as the Marlboro Man.” It was exactly two hundred years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and Jenner, Bissinger wrote, “was America.” He made it onto the Wheaties box, that distinctly American totem of athletic triumph.

As a group, as athletes, how you conduct your lives, what you say, what you do, is absorbed and observed by millions of people, especially young people,” she told the room. “I know I’m clear with my responsibility.” “Trans people deserve something vital,” she said. “They deserve your respect. He married a beauty queen, and had two kids with her — adding to the two he’d had with first wife Chrystie Crownover; he’d have two more with Kris Kardashian. And from that respect, comes a more compassionate community, a more empathetic society and a better world for all of us.” “I’ve always known that I was different than everybody else,” Jenner said in the video. “I could play the male gender role, but I always felt female and that really scared me.” “Relationships for me were always tough,” she went on in the clip. “I always felt like I was hiding myself from everybody.

In defending the decision to honor the former athlete with the award ESPY Co-Executive Producer Maura Mandt told Sports Illustrated that Jenner’s decision to come out as a transgender woman took “enormous courage and self-acceptance.” “Bruce Jenner could have easily gone off into the sunset as this American hero and never have dealt with this publicly,” Mandt said. Even before Caitlyn transitioned, Kim – who Caitlyn said has been the most accepting of the children – became something of a stylist to her stepparent. Sportscaster Bob Costas said that while he wished Jenner peace and happiness the award struck him as “a crass exploitation play” and a way to “pump up the audience.” “In the broad world of sports—and this is not anything against Caitlyn Jenner—I am pretty sure they could have found someone who was much closer to actively [being] involved in sports who would have been deserving of what that award represents,” Costas said according to Sports Illustrated. Then still living as Bruce, Kim said she would help go through his closet and weed out all the ugly clothes, and at the time he even admitted to stealing one of her outfits. ‘If you’re keeping some of these pieces, I don’t want to be known as your stylist,’ she told him on an About Bruce special of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Well-known writer and sports commentator Frank Deford, who co-wrote a book about Ashe, told the L.A Times that while Jenner was being forthright and honest, she did something she wanted to do with the full support of her family. “I can understand and sympathize with the torment Bruce Jenner has endured all these years, but I don’t think it rises to the level of courage,” Deford said.

The tabloids had whispered the occasional aside — Jenner’s crossdressing; Jenner’s getting hormone treatments — but America isn’t Britain, where the salacious press is taken at face value. Former NFL star Terrell Owens told the New York Daily News that Jenner has been courageous but “being that this is a sports event, one can argue is this really a part of what we do? So for the people out there wondering what this is all about, whether it’s about courage or controversy or publicity, well, I’ll tell you what it’s all about. She said: ‘In the past few months, the overwhelming outpouring of support from all over the world for my journey has been incredible’. ‘However, being honored with this award, which is named after one of my heroes, is truly special. During the coronation, Jenner took an American flag from a spectator and hoisted it into the air while running a victory lap, initiating a tradition that is now common among athletes the world over.

That’s a good thing, and while it may not be easy to get past the things you always don’t understand, I want to prove that it is absolutely possible if we only do it together.” UFC champion and 2008 Olympic judo bronze medalist Ronda Rousey won Best Female Athlete (over Olympic champions Lindsey Vonn and Serena Williams) and Best Fighter (over another Olympic bronze medalist, Floyd Mayweather Jr.). “Wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once,” Rousey said in an ESPN red carpet interview. “Like to see him pretend to not know who I am now.” One week after the divorce for his first marriage was finalized she remarried, this time to actress Linda Thompson, they had two children together Brandon and Brody.

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