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Wednesday, July 15, 2015|8:44 p.m.
L.A– Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Guts Award at the ESPYs on Wednesday night while urging approval for others who are transgender.
She received a standing ovation from some of the sporting world’s biggest stars after her 10-minute speech during the annual awards honoring the year’s leading athletes and moments.
“This transition has been harder on me than anything I can think of,” stated Jenner, who revealed she was in the process of ending up being a female in a telecasted interview with Diane Sawyer in April on ABC.
Noting her powerful celebrity platform, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champ vowed “to do whatever I can to reshape the landscape of how transgender people are viewed and treated.”
Abby Wambach of the U.S. soccer group that won the Women’s World Cup provided the trophy to Jenner, whose voice broke as she thanked members of her popular household, including stepdaughters Kim and Khloe Kardashian. Tears welled in the eyes of Jenner’s younger child, Kylie, whose sister, Kendall, wiped a tear from her eye.
“I never ever wanted to harm anybody else, most of all my household and my children,” said Jenner, who admitted that up until earlier this year she had never ever fulfilled another transgender individual.
She told the audience about trans teenagers who are bullied, battered, murdered or eliminate themselves. She pointed out 2 individuals by name whose deaths especially touched her.
“Trans individuals should have something crucial, they deserve your regard,” she stated. “From that regard comes a more thoughtful neighborhood.”
Jenner urged the crowd that included football, basketball, baseball and hockey players to keep in mind what they state and do is “soaked up and observed by millions of people, especially youths.”
“My plea for you tonight is one join me in making this one of your issues too,” she said.
A video traced Jenner’s life from the time when she was known as Bruce Jenner to her current transition. She was shown using makeup, buttoning her shirt in her closet and fastening the strap on her heeled shoes.
With her hands gripped in front of her, Jenner joked with the audience about her struggle to pick the cream dress she wore.
“OK, ladies, I get it,” she said, as the audience laughed. “You to obtain the shoes, the hair, the makeup, it was tiring. And the fashion authorities, please be kind on me. I’m brand-new at this.”
Jenner didn’t stroll the red carpet outside the Microsoft Theater in downtown L.a, and she didn’t appear backstage to talk with press reporters, as the majority of the previous Ashe award recipients have done. ESPN stated Jenner wanted her onstage comments to stand.