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Caitlyn Jenner to receive Courage Award at ESPY Awards

Joseph McCormick June 2, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner is to make her first public appearance since transitioning when receiving a Courage Award at the ESPY Awards.

The step-parent to the Kardashians, Caitlyn Jenner revealed her new name as she appeared on the latest cover of Vanity Fair.

Jenner is set to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs on July 15.

The ceremony will take place on 15 July at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Commenting on the appearance, Jenner said she will be able to “stand as my true self in front of my peers.”

ESPY Awards show producer Maura Mandt says Jenner’s coming out “can help to educate people on the challenges that the transgender community faces.”

Those previously honoured with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award include tennis star Billie Jean King, and American football star Michael Sam.

After joining Twitter and revealing her new name, Caitlyn beat a record previously held by Barack Obama after gaining a million Twitter followers in just over four hours.

Revealing that her name is now Caitlyn, Jenner has now appeared a shoot by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair magazine, shot at her Malibu home.

Caitlyn Jenner

Jenner has also been profiled by Pulitzer Prize-winning contributing editor Buzz Bissinger.

Speaking to Bissinger, Jenner said: “If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life.’”

Ellen tweeted her support at the time, saying Jenner was a “beautiful, brave human being”.

Actress Linda Thompson, who was married to Jenner for five years in the 1980s, wrote a column for The Huffington Post in which she discusses her feelings on the transition.

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