All eyes were on Caitlyn Jenner last night as she received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award!
Jenner, who recently went public with her transformation from male to female, looked on as a beautiful dedication was played in her honor. Following the heart wrenching video, Jenner stood only to be followed by the thousands of attendees, who gave her a well-deserved standing ovation.
Jenner began her speech by saying, “Thank you so much. It is so wonderful to be here tonight. Now the last few months have been a whirlwind of so many different experiences and emotions.” She continued, “Real truth is before few months ago, I’ve never met anyone else who was trans. Never. As you saw, I dealt with my situation on my own, in private. But all across the world, there are young people coming to terms with being transgender.”
The crowd was filled with tears as a confident Caitlyn Jenner continued with her speech, “It is an honor to have the word courage associated with my life. Another word I have is fortunate. I owe a lot to sports. It has given me an identity. If someone wanted to bully me [back then], it didn’t matter because I was the MVP. Same thing goes tonight. If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead, I can take it. 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.”
She concluded her speech by saying, “So for the people wondering what this is all about — courage, controversy, publicity, it’s about what happens from here… it’s not just about one person. It’s about thousands. Not just me, all of us. Accepting one another. We’re all different and that’s not a bad thing. That’s a good thing. While it may not be easy to get past, it is possible if we do it together. Thank you so much for this honor, bestowed on myself and my family.”
Caitlyn maintained her composure throughout her entire speech until it came to addressing her larger than life family, who sat proudly in the audience. She looked into the audience to address the Kardashian/Jenner clan, including her mother and daughters,Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie, to say, “I am so grateful to have you in my life.”
Congratulations to Caitlyn Jenner and her entire family on this monumental moment in sport history!