Last night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Award at the ESPYs, ESPN’s annual award show.
Jenner, a highly regarded olympian, was honored due to her identifying as transgender and her transition from male to female. Her speech and acceptance of the award have received critical responses. Many believe that this award should honor someone who has made a courageous effort and has been recently relevant in sports. Many believe Jenner’s transition is something that should not be rewarded, yet this is a courageous step. People who are different are often misunderstood. Maybe Jenner’s award for courage is the first step in accepting and understanding transgender people openly and proudly.