Caitlyn Jenner Tears Up at ESPY Awards: ‘Trans People Deserve Your Respect’ – Elizabeth Durand Streisand July 16 2015

If there were medals for acceptance speeches, Caitlyn Jenner would have won the gold at the ESPY Awards tonight. In her first major public appearance since revealing herself to the world, the Olympian-turned reality star-turned transgender activist delivered an absolutely impeccable speech that included a little humor and a lot of heart.

Even before she opened her mouth, it was obvious the audience was on her side. Kylie Jenner posted a pic that showed Caitlyn’s children (as well as many of her stepchildren and members of her extended family) having quite a good time.

After a short movie recounted her athletic glory days as Bruce, Caitlyn received a standing ovation as she headed for the stage.

“Wow — I have to talk after that? Thank you so much. It is so wonderful to be here tonight,” she began. “Now the last few months have been a whirlwind of so many different experiences and emotions, but to tell you the truth, it seems like every time I turn around in life, I’m putting myself in these high-pressure situations: competing in the games, raising a family… but I’ve never felt more pressure than ever have felt in my life than over the last couple of months. Picking out this outfit, OK girls, I get it: You’ve got to get the shoes, the hair, the makeup. The whole process, it’s exhausting — and next, the Fashion Police! Please be kind on me, I’m new at this!” (We’re pretty sure she’s going to get rave reviews for her styling.)