Caitlyn Jenner was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs Wednesday night.
During her 10-minute speech, she urged people to accept people for who they are. The 65-year-old told the audience about trans teenagers who are bullied, beaten up, murdered or kill themselves. Jenner mentioned two people by name whose deaths particularly touched her.
“Trans people deserve something vital, they deserve your respect,” she said. “From that respect comes a more compassionate community.”
“If you want to call me names, make jokes and doubt my intentions, go ahead because the reality is I can take it,” she said. “But for thousands of kids out there coming to terms with the reality of who they are they shouldn’t have to take it.”
She received a standing ovation from the crowd filled with some of the sporting world’s biggest stars.