Caitlyn Jenner's Powerful ESPY Speech Made Her Family (and Everyone Watching) Cry (VIDEO)

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When the beautiful and graceful Caitlyn Jenner took the stage to accept her Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, I had already shed many tears during the ESPY broadcast. It had been an emotional night, and seeing Cait in that stunning white Versace gown take the stage after hugging her 88-year-old mother Esther, I knew there would be more tears. There certainly were -- a lot more.

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Her speech was amazing -- so inspiring and thoughtful. She was there with her family -- her mom and sister, and her children. Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian were there, along with Kendall and Kylie Jenner. And her sons Brody, Brandon, Burt, and Casey were also there to support and honor their dad with their significant others. They took this Instagram pic while backstage.

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This crew was proud. The look on their faces during her speech said it all. They couldn't contain their tears, their raw emotion. The crowd felt the same.

I was struck by her poise. She seems more at ease now than I've seen her in the past. That fills my heart with happiness. After a lifetime of secrets, Cait has finally been able to become her true self. In her speech, she said how she had never met a trans person during her life, and she tried to deal with the situation of feeling different throughout her life all on her own. She spoke about how so many trans people struggle with this -- she opened up about how she even had thoughts of suicide. But she also didn't want to just make this about herself -- she spoke out for the young people who are coming to terms with being transgender and how they are bullied, are beaten up, are murdered, and commit suicide. She knows that she is getting attention because of her transition and she knows that now she also has a responsibility, just as every person in sports or the public eye does.

She spoke to the crowd, saying how they conduct their lives and what they said and do is absorbed by millions of young people who look up to them. She asked everyone to keep learning -- from others, from yourself -- and that together we can reshape the "landscape of how trans people are viewed." We have to accept people for who they are. ... Trans people deserve something vital; they deserve your respect."

Every word she spoke was powerful. Important. I was crying. My partner next to me was crying. And when the camera showed her children, they were all crying or attempting to hold back tears. Cait was most worried about hurting her family, but it's clear she's gained nothing but more love and respect from them. She said:

I always wanted my children to be so proud of their dad, for what he was able to accomplish in his life. You guys have given so much back to me -- you've given me so much support. I'm so grateful to have all of you in my life. Thank you.

I want to say thank you to Caitlyn. She is courage. She is strength. She is inspiring and she is helping young people so much by using her platform in the name of change, in hopes to get people to think, to accept, to love one another no matter how different we are. 

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She is honored to have this award and she knows how fortunate she is. She also is acutely aware that there are those who make fun of her or question her motives and call her names. She isn't going to let it bother her; in fact, she says she can take it -- she has been through a lot in life and she is strong. But her reminder for those who need reminding is that the kids coming to terms with who they are shouldn't have to take it. Quite simply, being different isn't a bad thing. It's beautiful. She urges us to support one another, and that together we can make positive changes.

Everything about Caitlyn's moment was love -- from the second Abby Wambach took the stage to announce her to the standing ovation after her speech. Thank you, Caitlyn. I'm still drying my eyes.

 

Image via ESPYS 2015/YouTube

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