Watch and read the full text of Caitlyn Jenner’s powerful speech at ESPY’s

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‘I couldn’t be more proud now’: Caitlyn Jenner’s mother Esther, 88, pays tribute to her child smiling through tears of joy at ESPY Awards.

LOS ANGELES — Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs on Wednesday night while urging acceptance for others who are transgender. She received a standing ovation from some of the sporting world’s biggest stars after her 10-minute speech during the annual awards honoring 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. 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. Seen speaking in a video before Caitlyn went up to the podium, the mother of two was candid, honest and loving about her feelings regarding her son Bruce, who made the brave step to become the woman she is today.

However, although her words seemed to suggest she blamed herself in some part for not sensing how her child was feeling, she is now pleased and proud beyond measure Caitlyn has found peace. Wearing a floor length white gown which accentuated her waist, her brunette locks coiffed to one side over her shoulder, the Olympian was emotional as she paid tribute her family and those who had supported her. And she acknowledged that she felt it was inheriting Esther’s inner strength which had helped get her through the experience of undergoing transgender surgery, and revealing herself as a woman. Jenner urged the crowd that included football, basketball, baseball and hockey superstars to remember what they say and do is “absorbed and observed by millions of people, especially young people.” “If you want to call me names, make jokes and doubt my intentions, go ahead because the reality is I can take it,” she said. “But for thousands of kids out there coming to terms with the reality of who they are they shouldn’t have to take it.” A video narrated by “Mad Men” actor Jon Hamm traced Jenner’s life from the time when she was known as Bruce Jenner to her current transition.

I’m new at this.” 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. 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.” 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. 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.”

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