In Versace, Caitlyn Jenner Makes a Statement at the ESPYs

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Caitlyn Jenner Accepts ESPYs Award for Courage: ‘It’s About All of Us Accepting One Another’.

She received a standing ovation from some of the sporting world’s biggest stars after her 10-minute speech during the annual awards honouring the year’s top athletes and moments. “This transition has been harder on me than anything I can imagine,” said Jenner, who revealed she was in the process of becoming a woman in a televised interview with Diane Sawyer in April on ABC. LOS ANGELES (AP/CBS Detroit) – Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs on Wednesday night while urging acceptance for others who are transgender.

Caitlyn Jenner used her first major public appearance after transitioning to call on the world to respect transgender people and work towards creating a more inclusive society. Noting her powerful celebrity platform, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and current reality TV star vowed “to do whatever I can to reshape the landscape of how transgender people are viewed and treated.” Abby Wambach of the U.S. soccer team that won the Women’s World Cup presented the trophy to Jenner, whose voice broke as she thanked members of her famous family, including stepdaughters Kim and Khloe Kardashian.

Dressed in a pale pink, floor-length gown, she implored the fashion critics: “Please be kind on me, I’m new at this,” before continuing: “The real truth is that before a couple of months ago I had never met anybody else who was trans, who was like me. The numbers are staggering but they are reality of what it is like to be trans today.” Pointing to the recent deaths of two transgender people, she added: “Every time something like this happens people wonder could it have been different if spotlighting this issue with more attention could have changed the way things happened. “We will never know but if there is one thing I do know about my life it is the power of the spotlight. Sometimes it gets overwhelming but with attention comes responsibility.” The former Olympic athlete described the pressure she experienced in the weeks since her new identity was dramatically unveiled on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. “I dealt with my situation on my own, in private, and that this turned this journey into an already incredible education, it’s been eye-opening, inspiring but also frightening. “If you want to call me names, make jokes and doubt my intentions, go ahead, because the reality is I can take it. Jenner mentioned two people by name whose deaths particularly touched her — including a metro Detroit boy. “I also want to tell you about Sam Taub, a 15-year-old transgender young man from Bloomfield, Michigan. She mentioned she once considered ending her own life with a gun she owned. “OK girls, I get it,” she said, as the audience laughed. “You to get the shoes, the hair, the makeup, it was exhausting.

They are learning that they are different and they are trying to figure out how to handle that on top of every other problem that a teenager has. “They are getting bullied, they are getting beaten up, they are getting murdered and they are committing suicide. ESPN said Jenner wanted her onstage comments to stand. “She’s really brave to have the courage to get through a lot of those things,” said the 14-year-old who won best breakthrough athlete. “I know a lot of people give her a hard time about it but just for her family to give her that support is amazing.” RadarOnline.com reported Wednesday that Jenner’s representatives approached ESPN suggesting the network give her the Ashe award in exchange for plugs on her upcoming E! docuseries. Well, I’ll tell you what it’s all about: it’s about what happens from here,” Jenner said, concluding her speech. “It’s not just about one person, it’s about thousands of people. From that respect comes a more compassionate community, a more empathetic society and a better world for all of us.” Wiping away tears, she thanked her family, saying: “The biggest fear in coming out was I never wanted to hurt anyone else – most of all my family and my kids.

I know how important education was to him,” Jenner said. “Learn as much as you can about another person to understand them as well as you can.” And while it may not be easy to get past the things we always don’t understand, I want to prove that it is absolutely possible if we only do it together.” Jenner didn’t walk the red carpet outside the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, and she didn’t appear backstage to talk with reporters, as most of the previous Ashe award recipients have done. I’m so, so grateful to have all of you in my life.” She acknowledged the impact her high profile would have in helping the transgender community, saying: “I owe a lot to sports. It’s given me an identity. “If someone wanted to bully me, well you know what, I was the MVP of the football team, that just wasn’t going to be a problem and the same thing goes for tonight. But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it.” She added: “So for the people out there wondering what this is all about, I will tell you.

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