Caitlyn Jenner received a standing ovation last night at the ESPY awards as she accepted the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. “Most trans folks don’t have the privileges Caitlyn and I now have”, Cox wrote. “They deserve your respect”, Jenner said, according to Fox News.
“I plea to you tonight to join me in making this one of your issues as well”, she said to loud applause. The speech cemented Jenner’s place as a much-needed role model for LGBT youth and as a liaison between the trans community and Middle America. Jenner had previously made it known that the fear that the truth would harm her family kept her from taking any action earlier in life.
“It strikes me that awarding the Arthur Ashe Award to Caitlyn Jenner is just a crass exploitation play – it’s a tabloid play”.
“I know I’m clear with my responsibility going forward: To tell my story the right way, for me”.
And Caitlyn inspired plenty of people herself with her moving speech at Wednesday night’s ESPYs. The award recognized the 1976 Olympic gold medalist’s athletic prowess, but also the courage she’s displayed since coming out to the world as transgender in April.
“If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead, because the reality is, I can take it”, she started.
Jenner used her platform to highlight the serious issues affecting transgender youth, mentioning late trans teenagers Mercedes Williamson and Sam Taub.
“There was a hiccup during the talks about Caitlyn receiving the award, and her reps were prepared to pull her interview with Diane Sawyer if she didn’t get it”, the source said.
Caitlyn Jenner closed out her speech inspiring others to get involved: “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”. “It’s too bad because I wasted a lot of my life and nobody really knew who I am”. She added that she only has one simple idea to promote, and that is people should accept each other for who they are. Accepting one another. We’re all different.