Transcript Of Caitlyn Jenner ESPYs Award Speech Shows Her Commitment To The Trans Community & Strength In Adversity — VIDEO
I can't be the only viewer who tuned into the 2015 ESPYs primarily for one reason: to see Caitlyn Jenner receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. While the rest of the show was enjoyable, the night totally turned around when her honor began, with Abby Wambach giving an excellent introduction that lead into a touching video tribute. After the video played and likely moved everyone watching to tears, the honoree finally took the stage and Jenner's ESPYs speech was nothing short of extraordinary. "Wow I have to talk after that?" she asked, starting things off on a light note, before beginning a speech that discussed everything from her own struggles, to transgender rights, to her family, and more.
"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, but to tell you the truth, it seems like every time I turn around in life, I'm putting myself in these high pressure situations, competing in the games, raising a family. But I've never felt more pressure than I ever have in my life than the last couple of months....picking out this outfit. OK girls, I get it. You gotta get the shoes, the hair, the makeup, the whole process. It was exhausting, and next, the fashion police. Please be kind to me, I'm new at this. Anyway..." she said, again showing off her signature goofy humor that fans are more than familiar with. From there, the speech continued, delving into more serious issues.
Jenner then went on to talk about the recent deaths of transgender teens, and how she'd wondered if bringing her issue to the public sooner could have changed the outcomes for those people.
You can watch the whole speech in the video below.
This speech just shows that the Arthur Ashe Award is the perfect tribute to Jenner, because it demonstrated her immense courage. In the 1976 Olympics, Jenner, who was then known as Bruce, won the gold medal in the decathlon, one of the most rigorous events, showing her perseverance, dedication, and strength. Today, Jenner continues to demonstrate those qualities as an advocate for the LGBT community, who began using her fame to help support the community the moment she publicly came out as transgender. Her speech at the ESPYs just proves how dedicated she is to helping other transgender people, and how she plans to use her fame to bring attention and support to this important cause.