Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS on Wednesday night and urged acceptance for others who are transgender.
Jenner received a standing ovation from some of the sporting world’s biggest stars after her 10-minute speech during the annual awards show honoring the year’s top athletes and moments.
“This transition has been harder on me than anything I can imagine,” said Jenner, who revealed in an April televised interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC that she was in the process of transitioning to a woman. From the stage Wednesday, Jenner thanked Sawyer, whom she called a friend.
The first 15 minutes of the video below shows the background of Caitlyn’s life as Bruce Jenner the celebrated athlete and agonizing life away from the spotlight until Bruce’s decision to go forward and become Caitlyn, Caitlyn Jenner, who is 65 states in her speech that until earlier this year, she had never met another transgender person.
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