Caitlyn Jenner at ESPYs: Life’s been frightening
Caitlyn Jenner inspired a standing ovation at the ESPY Awards after delivering a riveting speech about her transgender process.
The 65-year-old Olympic gold medallist, who left her male identity Bruce behind and declared herself a woman last month, was the recipient of the sports ceremony’s prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
And during her acceptance speech, Caitlyn made it clear her transgender process wasn’t easy or simple in the slightest.
"Just a few months ago I had never met anyone who was like me," she told the crowd. "I dealt with my situation on my own in private. It’s been eye-opening, inspiring and also frightening."
Caitlyn donned a stunning white floor-length Versace gown to the ESPY Awards, which took place in Los Angeles Wednesday night.
The former athlete-turned-reality star has swiftly become an LGBT activist and Caitlyn made it clear her ‘coming out’ struggle pales in comparison to some things other members of the transgender community experience.
“They’re getting bullied, they’re getting beaten up, they’re getting murdered, they’re committing suicide,” Caitlyn expressed during her speech.
“If you want to call me names … go ahead, I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it.
“They deserve your respect and from that respect comes more empathetic communities.”
Caitlyn’s family members were in the audience supporting her, including her daughters Kendall, Kylie, son Brody, mother Esther, sister, and stepdaughters Kim, Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian.
She thanked her relatives for their support throughout her process of becoming female.
“You guys have given so much back to me,” Caitlyn gushed. “I am so grateful to have you in my life.”
Caitlyn’s attendance at the ESPYs was her first official TV appearance since coming out as transgender.
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