Caitlyn Jenner stuns at the ESPYs in a beautiful Atelier Versace gown and accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award presented by U.S. women’s soccer player Abby Wambach, who first introduced a touching montage of Caitlyn’s journey, Jenner walked onto the stage and was greeted with a standing ovation from the crowd as the entire Kardashian and Jenner girls supported in the audience.“Wow, I have to talk after that? Caitlyn Jenner said; Thank you so much. It is so wonderful to be here tonight. 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 have in my life than I have in the last couple of months. Picking out this outfit—OK girls, I get it,” she added. Jenner’s message urged the community to respect transgender people, and throughout her speech she vowed to do whatever she can “to reshape the landscape of how transgender people are viewed and treated.” She continued, “I trained hard. I competed hard. And for this, people respected me. But this transition was harder on me than anything I could have imagined. And that’s the case for so many others besides me. For that reason alone, trans people deserve something vital. They deserve your respect.”The 65-year-old thanked fellow transgender people in the industry, like Laverne Cox and Chaz Bono, as well as friend Diane Sawyer, who conducted the famous one-on-one interview with Jenner a while back. “Here comes the tough part, I’d like to thank my family. I never wanted to hurt anyone else, most of all, my family and my kids. I always wanted my children to be so proud of their dad for what he was able to accomplish in his life. You guys have given so much back to me, you’ve given me so much support. I am so, so grateful to have all of you in my life. Thank you,” Jenner got emotional and also added–“And last but not least, my mother…I always thought that I got my courage and my determination from my dad who landed on Omaha beach and fought all the way through World War II. But you know, I’m realizing now mom, I think I got all of those qualities from you,” Jenner added.
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