BrandArena: Caitlyn Jenner Accepts Arthur Ashe Courage Award

Thursday 16 July 2015

Caitlyn Jenner Accepts Arthur Ashe Courage Award

“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.” These were some of the words of Caitlyn Jenner after accepting the Arthur Ashe Courage Award on Wednesday at the ESPYs in Los Angeles.

The 65-year-old honoree made her first major public appearance at the awards show since announcing her transitioning to a woman in a televised interview with Diane Sawyer in April on ABC.

She got tearful toward the end of her 25-minute acceptance speech in which she gave a heartfelt appeal on behalf of trans youth.

Jenner calls for ‘people to be accepted for who they are’. 'Trans people deserve something vital,' she said. 'They deserve your respect.'

She was presented with the honour by Abby Wambach, who is also an Olympic gold medalist, and was part of the US women's soccer team that won the World Cup earlier this month.

Caitlyn, 65, initially planned to appear on stage with all of her 10 children and stepchildren, including the Kardashian sisters, but they instead showed their support from the audience.

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