US TV personality Caitlyn Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs on Wednesday night while urging acceptance for others who are transgender.
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Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe award for courage at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)[/caption]
She received a standing ovation from some of the sporting world's biggest stars after her 10-minute speech during the annual awards honouring the year's top athletes and moments.
Noting her powerful celebrity platform, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and current reality TV star vowed "to do whatever I can to reshape the landscape of how transgender people are viewed and treated."
Abby Wambach of the US soccer team that won the Women's World Cup presented the trophy to Jenner, whose voice broke as she thanked members of her famous family, including stepdaughters Kim and Khloe Kardashian.
Tears welled in the eyes of Jenner's younger daughter, Kylie, whose sister, Kendall, wiped a tear from her eye.
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.
A video narrated by "Mad Men" actor Jon Hamm traced Jenner's life from the time when she was known as Bruce Jenner to her current transition.
She mentioned she once considered ending her own life with a gun she owned.