Kim, Kendall and Khloe beam in the audience cheering on Caitlyn Jenner at ESPYs
Published 16/07/2015 | 06:39
Caitlyn Jenner is winning the internet with her inspiring speech at the EPSY Awards.
The 65-year-old Olympic gold medallist was honoured with the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award for her work with the transgender community.
Caitlyn was previously known as Bruce and announced her intention to transition in May of this year and introduced herself to the world on the cover of Vanity Fair last month.
And it seems her famous family are behind her every step of the way.
Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian supported their step-father at the ceremony, while her daughters Kendall and Kylie walked the red carpet for Caitlyn's big night. Her children Brody, Burt and Cassandra Jenner, from previous marriages, were also on hand.
The Kardashian sisters skipped the red carpet, but did share photos of their "clique" on Instagram, wearing all black, letting Caitlyn take centre stage in a white gown by Atelier Versace.
A tearful Jenner took to the stage at the end of the night to plead for more respect for transgender teenagers and thank those who supported her during her journey.
"Trans people deserve something vital. They deserve your respect," she said at the ESPY Awards last night.
"If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead, because the reality is, I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there, coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn't have to take it."
"They're getting bullied," Jenner said of trans youth. "They're getting beaten up. They're getting murdered. And they're committing suicide."
Caitlyn also thanked her daughters, including Kendall and Kylie Jenner and Khloe, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian.
"You guys have given so much back to me, you've given me so much support," she said. "I am so, so grateful to have all of you in my life."
One notable absentee however was ex-wife of 22 years Kris Jenner, who reportedly was not invited alongside Caitlyn's two other ex wives Chrystie Crownover and Linda Thompson. Rob Kardashian, who has rarely been pictured publicly in the last 12 months, was also a no show.
ESPY bosses have defended their decision to give Caitlyn the gong, with producer Maura Mandt saying she has become an inspiration for people around the world.
"I think Caitlyn's decision to publicly come out as a transgender woman and live as Caitlyn Jenner displayed enormous courage and self-acceptance," she said.
"Bruce Jenner could have easily gone off into the sunset as this American hero and never have dealt with this publicly. Doing so took enormous courage."
"He was one of the greatest athletes of our time. That is what the Arthur Ashe Courage Award is about, somebody from the athletic community who has done something that transcends sport. One of the biggest platforms the Arthur Ashe Foundation has is educational, and I think in this choice we have the opportunity to educate people about this issue and hopefully change and possibly save some lives.
"I think that is why it was the right choice."
Caitlyn said in a statement last month she was "honoured" with the award, saying: "In the past few months, the overwhelming outpouring of support from all over the world for my journey has been incredible.
"However, being honoured with this award, which is named after one of my heroes, is truly special. For the first time this July, I will be able to stand as my true self in front of my peers."
American soccer player Abby Wambach presented the award and the show's host Joel McHale said he had no doubts that she was the right choice.
"There's no question that this is a monumental and historic moment. I mean, she's the first," he told People magazine.
"To transition from male to female is courageous and difficult. I can't imagine that it was an easy decision or process."