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  • Caitlyn would give hope to the closeted trans people of the US.

    There have been at least 11 unlawfully killed trans people this year alone. Having a transgender, 65 year old WOMAN receive an award for courage will give transgender people hope that they are normal instead of being treated like 'not legitimate people' by a transphobic society.
    Also, I think there is a misunderstanding about what transgender really is and hopefully Caitlyn, through her amazing social popularity, will help clear it up.

  • It Takes Guts to Do That

    Caitlyn most definitely deserves the award. It takes a lot of courage to not only change your life completely, but for someone as famous as she is to do so is extremely courageous (not to mention she announced it in Vanity Fair). Even though she did it to help herself be more comfortable with herself, her fame would make this a form of activism for people with mismatching gender identities and bodies. I was going to make tha cheesy joke at the beginning involving it "taking [a certain type of genitalia], sorry, I mean a [type of genitalia from the opposite gender] to do this. Then I remembered this was serious. It wouldn't have been that funny, either.

  • Caitlyn Jenner deserves the Arthur Ashe Courage Award

    The decision to changes sexes is a very difficult one to make, especially given the level of hatred and violence against transgendered people in the United States. Caitlyn Jenner was a well-known Olympic athlete who gained further publicity as part of the Kardashian family, making her even more of a public figure. It is a very courageous move regardless of fame, made even more so by the constant public scrutiny.

  • It is not a competition

    Okay so yes winning an award is technically a competition, but bravery and courage are not. Caitlyn Jenner does not represent the struggle of all trans people, but having her win an award, that gives a lot of hope. It gives hope for all of us outside of the gender binary. There is a lot of misconception around different genders, and people who do not conform to the gender they are born with, and having Caitlyn win this award can help clear out some of that fog.
    Many people think that once you hit a certain age, you cannot transition, at 65, she challenged that to make herself feel better for herself. She became the person she needed to be, she became herself, and even in today's society, that takes one heck of a lot of courage.

  • This is ridiculous, and undermines the integrity or meaning of such awards.

    Humanity is under attack. This is one example. Transgender a have a MENTAL DISORDER. They suffer from identity crisis/disorders. It is being pushed off into to children FAR too young. And REAL women/men are not being considered enough AT ALL in this debate. Start considering the other women in those restrooms.

  • Not at all Never

    I am a 12 year old christian girl in 2015. What Bruce Jenner did is not allowed in the bible. I do not hate people like him but I would like to share the word with them and get the nonsense out of their heads. Bruce is not evil just stupid and confused. He will always be Bruce Jenner in my mind.

  • Absolutely does NOT deserve this award

    Bruce Jenner made a choice to become a woman. Who cares? That's not courageous at all. Should we give out awards to people who are black? To gays? To Left Handed people? Lauren Hill played basketball through a brain tumor, and Bruce Jenner is awarded for this? He's not the only one to become a transgender, yet he/she/it gets an honorable award for it. Makes no sense at all. ESPN, get your s*** together

  • He killed people in a car accident

    He should be shot in the head for what he did. He never compensated the innocent lives he murdered and he is a monster for causing car accidents. I would label him a terrorist. He is disgusting for what he has done to himself and soldiers deserve more respect...If would even respect a criminal more than this he/she

  • HELL NOOOOO!!! Are we STUPID??!!

    What the hell is this world coming to when we give a courage award to anyone in Hollywood, These quasi stars only know how to ham it up for the camera, Expelling an external locus of identity. What is genuine or COURAGEOUS about that!?!? Men and women of our armed forces are dying for this country so some can prance around spreading pixie dust make believing that the world is an oasis. It's so damn pathetic.

  • Heck no. No courage involved here at all.

    It is cowardly to not live up to the incredible promise and performance of one's body, so that one may embrace sexist stereotypes.
    Transgenderism is simply the new "maladie-du-jour", a hyped media frenzy around abusive pharmaceutical and surgical practices, akin to the lies propagated in the days of lobotomies, hysterectomies, and electroshock therapy.

  • Has the Arthur Ashe Award been renamed the LGBT Award?

    I do not believe Jenner is more courageous than Serena Williams going back to Indian Wells this year after 14 years due to racial hatred/abuse. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/05/tennis/serena-williams-indian-wells-tennis-boycott-racist-abuse/

    Serena is constantly called an animal and a man. http://www.vox.com/2015/3/11/8189679/serena-williams-indian-wells-racism. What has Jenner been called? Where is the proof that his courage is more exemplary in sports than Serena's?

    ESPN has sent a message that Jenner's personal decision is more courageous than athletes in the field. It sends a message that a personal decision in this polarizing discussion in America factors to a greater degree than what is actually going on in the actual world of sports. I believe ESPN has performed a publicity stunt or succumbed to using this opportunity to show they are sensitive to the Transgendered community (of which that could have been done without misusing the Arthur Ashe award). Awarding this to Michael Sam, made some sense last year, but the pendulum has swung too far. It is hard for me to see how Jenner's choice in life makes an impact to people similar to the impact of Ali, Mandela, Jean King, Tillman, and even Ashe himself.

    Will Jim Kelly get it next year? He has demonstrated courage with his battles with cancer and what he is currently doing for youth despite those battles. Will Magic Johnson get it, with is success in fighting HIV?

    Or will Connor Mertens or Jessica Aguilar get it next year since they are bi-sexual and this would allow ESPN to finish awarding each representation of the LGBT community since the last 3 recipients of the Arthur Ashe courage award were a lesbian, gay, and now transgendered. It probably should no longer be called the Arthur Ashe award. Just call it the Freedom of Life award, LGBT award, or something more appropriate. The spirit of what Arthur Ashe stood for was bigger than the platform of the LGBT movement. Not every platform in the world should be about Pro-LGBT or Anti-LGBT. I thought the ESPY's were about what matter's in sports.

  • Not more courageous than Serena

    I do not believe this is more courageous than Serena Williams going back to Indian Wells this year after 14 years due to racial hatred/abuse. http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/05/tennis/serena-williams-indian-wells-tennis-boycott-racist-abuse/

    Serena is constantly called an animal and a man. http://www.vox.com/2015/3/11/8189679/serena-williams-indian-wells-racism. What has Jenner been called? Where is the proof that his courage is more exemplary in sports than Serena's?

    ESPN has sent a message that Jenner's personal decision is more courageous than athletes in the field. It sends a message that a personal decision in this polarizing discussion in America factors to a greater degree than what is actually going on in the actual world of sports. I believe ESPN has performed a publicity stunt or succumbed to using this opportunity to show they are sensitive to the Transgendered community (of which that could have been done without misusing the Arthur Ashe award). Awarding this to Michael Sam, made some sense last year, but the pendulum has swung too far. It is hard for me to see how Jenner's choice in life makes an impact to people similar to the impact of Ali, Mandela, Jean King, Tillman, and even Ashe himself.

    Will Jim Kelly get it next year? He has demonstrated courage with his battles with cancer and what he is currently doing for youth despite those battles. Will Magic Johnson get it, with is success in fighting HIV?

    Or will Connor Mertens or Jessica Aguilar get it next year since they are bi-sexual and this would allow ESPN to finish awarding each representation of the LGBT community since the last 3 recipients of the Arthur Ashe courage award were a lesbian, gay, and now transgendered. It probably should no longer be called the Arthur Ashe award. Just call it the Freedom of Life award, LGBT award, or something more appropriate. The spirit of what Authur Ashe stood for was bigger than the platform of the LGBT movement. Not every platform in the world should be about Pro-LGBT or Anti-LGBT. I thought the ESPY's were about what matter's in sports.

  • Many men and women have made these changes

    Over the years, many people made these life changes. This change is a personal choice and does not need to be announced. Bruce Jenner had used this as a publicity stunt to only further his career gaining ratings from simple minded people, this is sad. Nothing about this is courageous.

  • Caitlyn Jenner does not deserve the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

    The Arthur Ashe Courage Award should be rewarded to someone who follows in the footsteps of Arthur Ashe, by bringing awareness to his struggle, and facing the challenges the world has brought to him. Caitlyn Jenner is in the process of making a reality television series about her transition, which isn't admirable, and doesn't show courage. She's exploiting what should be a private matter, and making something that should be an admirable courageous event into a publicity stunt.


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