Caitlyn Jenner made the walk to the stage to a standing ovation on June 15th to accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at ESPN’s ESPY Awards ceremony.
The award was presented by Abby Wamback, 35, member of the U.S women’s soccer team and Olympic gold medalist.
The moment was a stunning achievement for the transgender community which has seen great strides towards acceptance and mainstream recognition over the past year.
Jenner was accompanied by members of her family, including her mother, Esther Jenner.
Caitlyn, who won the men’s decathlon at the 1976 Olympics was tearful as she accepted the award. She told the audience that her mother had recently had surgery and was afraid she “wasn’t going to make it.”
She had this to say about the past few months:
“The last few months have been a whirlwind … but to tell you the truth I feel like every time I turn around in life I’m putting myself in these high pressure situations but I’ve never felt more pressure than I have in my life picking out this outfit … okay girls I get it …”