Watch Caitlyn Jenner's Moving ESPY Speech About Equality
At the ESPYs on Wednesday night, Caitlyn Jenner took the stage to accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
Following a tear-jerking tribute segment, Jenner joked, "I have to speak after that?" before launching into a moving speech about her responsibility as a public figure to push for transgender rights — to fight for "the thousands of kids out there who are coming to terms with being true to who they are."
"If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead, because the reality is I can take it," she said. "But [those kids] shouldn’t have to take it."
Despite winning an Olympic gold medal, spending decades in the public spotlight, and raising a family (and a high-profile one, at that), Jenner said she's never felt more pressure in her life than she has over the last couple of months. Still, she's remained steadfast in her conviction "to promote a simple idea: accepting people for who they are.”
"Trans people deserve something vital," Jenner said. "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."
You can (and really should!) watch the whole speech below: