Laverne Cox, star of Orange Is the New Black and outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights, praised Jenner’s efforts on Instagram following the ceremony. “Love this,” Cox captioned a photo of an excerpt from Jenner’s speech. “Go Caitlyn!”
As Jenner noted in her speech, just weeks prior to her coming-out on 20/20 in April, a transgender teen from Michigan named Sam Taub committed suicide.
During the telecast, Jenner said: “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 who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it.”
Jenner added that she hoped her platform would “reshape the landscape” for trans people. “Sometimes it gets overwhelming, but with the attention comes responsibility,” she said, adding: “Trans people deserve something vital — they deserve your respect. And from that respect comes a more compassionate community, a more empathetic society and a better world for all of us.”
For more from Jenner’s speech, click here — and be sure to check out the moving, 13-minute video introduction here.