Caitlyn Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at last night’s ESPYs, ESPN’s award show.
She gave her acceptance speech on acceptance and respect for transgender men and women.
“It’s not just about one person,” Jenner said. “It’s about thousands of people. It’s not just about me, it’s about all of us accepting one another. We’re all different. That’s not a bad thing. That’s a good thing. And while it may not easy to get past the things you don’t always understand, I want to prove that it is absolutely possible if we only do it together.”
She spoke at length about the way the words of adults are absorbed by children and that those words can change and or hurt lives. She spoke about those not accepting and bullying trans people.
“They’re getting bullied,” Jenner said. “They’re getting beaten up. They’re getting murdered. And they’re committing suicide.”
“If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead because the reality is I can take it,” she said. “But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it. So for the people out there wondering what this is all about, whether it’s about courage or controversy or publicity, it’s about what happens from here.”
I do not have much commentary to add to the speech and only can encourage you to watch this and share it. It is a powerful message and one that could change minds and save lives.
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