After winning the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, Caitlyn Jenner took to the stage to talk about the difficulties people who identify as transgender face and to make a vow to continue being an advocate for the trans community.
During the speech, Caitlyn said,
She then spoke of Mercedes Williamson, a transgender teen who was stabbed to death in Mississippi, and Sam Taub, another transgender teen from Michigan who committed suicide a few days before Caitlyn sat down with Diane Sawyer for her interview on ABC.
Caitlyn made sure to thank people who had “traveled this road before" her, like Chaz Bono, Laverne Cox, Janet Mock and Renée Richards.
She also took a moment to thank her family, specifically her mother, who had undergone life-threatening surgery a week before the speech but was still able to make it to the awards.