• Caitlyn Jenner Urges Acceptance Of Transgender People At ESPYs

    The recently transitioned Caitlyn Jenner accepted the “Arthur Ashe Courage Award” during ESPN’s ESPYs award show which aired Wednesday on ABC.

    “If there’s one thing I do know, it is the power of the spotlight. Sometimes it gets overwhelming,” Jenner, formerly known as Bruce, said. “But with attention comes responsibility, as a group, as athletes, how you conduct your lives, what you say and what you do is absorbed by millions of people, especially young people. I know I’m clear with my responsibility going forward.”

    Jenner was introduced by World Cup-winning U.S. women’s soccer star Abby Wambach who shared grim statistics about how transgender people experience bullying, assault and suicide at a higher rate than the general public.

    Jenner said his speech was intended to inspire others to accept one another. He devoted a significant portion of his speech to how there are trans people all over the world being bullied and killed and even committing suicide in “staggering” numbers.

    He admitted that until earlier this year he had never met another transgender person.

    “Trans people deserve something vital, they deserve your respect,” he said. “From that respect comes a more compassionate community.”

    Jenner vowed to “reshape the landscape of how trans-people are viewed, how trans-people are treated, and more broadly, accepting people for who they are. Accepting people’s differences.” He announced, “My plea to you tonight is for you to join me, and make this one of your issues as well.”

    “So, for the people out there, wondering what this is all about, whether it’s about courage or controversy or publicity, well, I’ll tell you what it’s all about,” concluded Jenner. “It’s about what happens from here. It’s not just about one person. It’s about thousands of people. It’s not just about me. It’s about all of us accepting one another. We’re all different. That’s not a bad thing. That’s a good thing and while it may not be easy to get past the things you always don’t understand, I want to prove that it is absolutely possible if we only do it together. Thank you so much for this platform.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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