Courage

Caitlyn Jenner delivers emotional speech at the ESPYs

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Caitlyn Jenner was presented with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage Wednesday night at the annual ESPY Awards Show. The event, broadcast live on ABC, was Jenner’s first public appearance since making her highly-publicized gender transition. The award is given to those whose contributions “transcend sports,” and previous honorees have included Nelson Mandela, Billie Jean King and Muhammad Ali. “I’ve never felt more pressure that I have in the last few months,” Jenner told the audience. “This transition has been harder on me than anything I could ever imagine, and that’s the case for so many like me.” Jenner used the moment in the spotlight to advocate for other people struggling with gender identity issues who don’t have the advantage of fame and a visible media platform. “If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead, because the reality is I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with the truth of who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it.”

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