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Bonnie Says: Caitlyn Jenner's ESPY provides platform for anti-violence message

When Caitlyn Jenner, 65, took the stage Wednesday night to accept the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, it was a profound moment. She was the first transgender person to win the prestigious award and the most prominent Olympic athlete ever to come out as transgender. Bruce Jenner was America's superhero when he took home the gold as top athlete in the world, winning the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. But his accomplishment then doesn't even compare with his most recent heroism, when Bruce revealed in a forthcoming interview with Diane Sawyer that he had always been a woman inside. And accepting the Arthur Ashe ESPYs award gave Caitlyn another huge platform to spread a very important message. It is time for the bullying and violence against transgender people to stop. It can no longer be acceptable in any part of our society to do this. It is time for all Americans to understand that transgender people are born this way. They have no control over their gender identity, and they need to be accepted, not mocked and not shunned.-- Bonnie Fuller

Bonnie Fuller is president and editor-in-chief of and the former editor of Star, Us Weekly, Glamour, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire magazines.

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