Caitlyn Jenner Receives ESPY Arthur Ashe Award for Courage

Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner

Phil Helsel writes:

Caitlyn Jenner stood on a stage before some of the country’s biggest sports stars and celebrities Wednesday and issued a challenge to accept transgender people for who they are.

“Trans people deserve something vital. They deserve your respect,” Jenner said at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday as she accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

One of the most celebrated Olympians of all time, the former Bruce Jenner told the athletes in the crowd that how they behave on transgender issues matters for thousands of young people who are transgender and struggling. She urged the athletes to promote acceptance.

“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.”

She mentioned trans teenagers Mercedes Williamson, who was murdered in Alabama, and Sam Taub, who took his own life in Michigan.

“They’re getting bullied,” Jenner said of trans youth. “They’re getting beaten up. They’re getting murdered. And they’re committing suicide.”

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