Caitlyn Jenner’s Entire Arthur Ashe Courage Award Acceptance Speech
There's something very bizarre about watching a transgendered woman give a ten-minute speech to a room full of professional and college athletes. Not because it's weird that just six months ago that woman was Bruce Jenner, but because this is the crowd that you'd least expect to be welcoming so different. Quarterbacks from Mississippi, Evangelical Christian pitchers, Muslim boxers -- they were all there applauding Caitlyn Jenner as she walked from her seat to the stage to accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYs. That's pretty damn cool, humanity. Pat yourself on the back.
Our favorite chunk of her acceptance speech (and video of the full speech), below.
"You know, it is an honor to have the word “courage” associated with my life, but on this night another word comes to mind, and that is “fortunate.” I owe a lot to sports. It’s showed me the world. It’s given me an identity. If someone wanted to bully me, well you know what, I was the MVP of the football team—that just wasn’t going to be a problem. And the same goes tonight. If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead. Because the reality is, 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. So for the people out there wondering what this is all about, whether it’s about courage or controversy or publicity, well, I’ll tell you what it’s all about: It’s about what happens from here. It’s not just about one person. 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."
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