Caitlyn Jenner Gives Passionate Speech After Accepting Her ESPY Award (Video)
Caitlyn Jenner's acceptance speech at the ESPYs was perfect.
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,
It's been eye-opening, inspiring, but also frightening. All across this country, right now, all across the world, at this very moment, there are young people coming to terms with being transgender. They're 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.
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.
Jenner closed out her remarks by saying,
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 about what happens from here. It's not just about one person, it's about thousands of people. It's not just about me, it's about all of us accepting one another. We are all different. That's not a bad thing, 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.
Caitlyn Jenner continues to be ***flawless.