"I owe a lot to sports. It's showed me the world," said Caitlyn Jenner on Wednesday night, making her first major public appearance as the recipient of ESPN's 2015 Arthur Ashe Courage Award.Nice, but if you ask me the true example of trans courage is Chelsea Manning.
"If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead," she said inside the Nokia Theater, surrounded by fellow athletes. "The reality is, I can take it."
As I’ve argued for years, Chelsea Manning is one of this generation’s greatest heroes. Daniel Ellsberg has called her “the personification of the word whistleblower.” Originally convinced of the noble intentions of the U.S. government generally and the Iraq War specifically, she enlisted in the U.S. Army. While deployed in Baghdad, she had access to troves of truth-revealing documents, which fundamentally changed her views and which she believed the global public also had the right to see.Both ladies have my sincere respect. You go girls!