Caitlyn Jenner's Emotional Speech Is About So Much More Than The Award

She has something to say

Caitlyn Jenner used her acceptance speech Wednesday night at the ESPYs to shine a light on equality and the stigma transgender people often face. 

"They're getting bullied. They're getting beaten up. They're getting murdered. And they're committing suicide," Jenner said in her moving speech.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, more than 1,700 transgender people have been killed worldwide in the past seven years. The Trans Murder Monitoring (TMM) report, cited by HRC, found there were 112 killings in North America

Which makes Jenner's voice and her platform even more important.


Jenner, who was honored Wednesday night with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, has been praised for her bravery in raising awareness of trans issues. The Olympian, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, has been outspoken during her public transformation — granting a widely lauded interview to ABC's Diane Sawyer and filming a documentary miniseries for E!

And on Wednesday night she talked about living out her personal journey in the public eye...

"If there's one thing I do know about my life, it is the power of the spotlight," she said, adding that with that attention comes the responsibility to keep learning and to reshape the landscape of how trans issues are viewed. 

While Jenner's speech was at times humorous — she mentioned that she finally understood what it was like for a female-presenting person to get ready for an awards show — her message couldn't have been clearer. 

It's time to start "accepting people for who they are."


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