Caitlyn Jenner brought down the house at last night’s ESPY awards, delivering an immaculate, emotional speech that touched on her personal journey, but more importantly, that advocated for the thousands of other trans people out there who might not have the same support system.
In front of an audience that included her family (Kendall, Kourtney, Kim, and Kylie were all there) and some of the world’s most famous athletes, Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach, and launched into the 10-minute speech that left many in the room emotional and teary-eyed. “Trans people deserve something vital, they deserve your respect, and from that respect comes a more compassionate community, a more empathetic society, and a better world for all of us,” she told the crowd.
In one of the speech’s more Kleenex-worthy moments, Jenner thanked her mother, who was beaming in the audience, and then segued into a grand finale that dismissed her haters and once again, advocated for the vital importance of accepting one another. It was the latest ‘wow’ moment in what has so far been a flawless and graceful public life.