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When I watched Caitlyn Jenner's acceptance speech at the ESPY awards when she won the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, I found it very moving that she got up and shared her story about being transgender, and for her basically speaking up for those who don't have the opportunity/courage to do so, in front of the masses.

Of course, I see the negative online response to her winning that award: "She hasn't been an athlete for decades, and all she had to do is get a sex change, and she gets an award?  Many people have gotten a sex change before her, and they got jack shit....", "There are more deserving people in this world of that award... why her??",  "It's just a publicity stunt, like her attention whoring family"... Stuff like that.

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce, was a hard-working, well-respected, Olympic gold-medalist, then married into the Kardashian clan, who ended up with the biggest train wreck in the history of all reality television.  That show, good or bad, got high ratings.  Therefore, they have a huge following.  I don't care about that show, but the fact that Bruce already had the following he did, plus the fact he's a paid motivational speaker, then finally started on his transition into Caitlyn, I applaud her (as Caitlyn, the reference is "her" now) for using her platform and following to speak up for other transgender people/ people in transition, as they are going through their own hardships.

It may seem almost random that she won this award for courage, among a room full of athletes, but I think it is great that a former athlete was rewarded for her courage, being a transgender advocate, and was given that platform to connect a broader audience, whether they're sports fans or not. People are fascinated with her and her family, whether they like it or not.

So, yes, there are people who may be more deserving of this award, but maybe the folks at ESPN were thinking about the ratings? How it would stir up controversy?  Well, good. Controversy gets attention.  That means the worldwide issue of transgenders being bullied, beaten up, murdered, or committing suicide will be brought to your attention, to broaden your way of thinking, and understanding that her speech wasn't to inspire you to be tolerant, but more accepting and respectful of other people's life choices.

Caitlyn Jenner, revived a whole new meaning to the term "acceptance speech", not because she was accepting an award: The meaning of the word "Acceptance", for all to accept  themselves and each other.

Watch the full speech below.


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