The world’s most famous transgender, Caitlyn Jenner has received the Arthur Ashe Courage awards at the ESPY award event last night. Caitlyn Jenner was formerly Bruce Jenner, an Olympic gold medalist at the 1976 Olympics and father before a sex change operation changed all that.
Caitlyn Jenner used the opportunity to speak on the many issues transgenders face and even spoke on some of her own challenges; “the last few months have been a whirlwind” .
She spoke about the plight of young people too; “They’re getting bullied, they’re getting beaten up, they’re getting murdered, they’re committing suicide,” said Jenner.
“If you want to call me names … go ahead, I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it.”
According to Jenner, she shared her story in the hopes that people will change their attitude towards transgenders. “Trans people deserve something vital, they deserve your respect,” she said. “From that respect comes a more compassionate community.”