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Caitlyn, Formerly Bruce, Jenner To Be Honored At ESPYs

The 1976 Olympic gold medalist will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for bravely and publicly sharing her true self.

June cover Vanity Fair, shot by Annie Leibovitz
July cover of Vanity Fair, shot by Annie Leibovitz

Caitlyn Jenner, who revealed her new name on the July cover of Vanity Fair, will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPY Awards next month. Recipients of the award “reflect the spirit of Arthur Ashe, possessing strength in the face of adversity, courage in the face of peril and the willingness to stand up for their beliefs no matter what the cost,” according to ESPN.com. Past winners have included Robin Roberts in 2013, Nelson Mandela in 2009, Pat and Kevin Tillman in 2003 and Billie Jean King in 1999.

The Olympic decathlete, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, announced her transition from male to female during a two-hour special with Diane Sawyer earlier this year. “People look at me differently. They see you as this ‘macho male,’ but my heart and my soul and everything I do in life, it is part of me, that female side is part of me. It’s who I am. I was not genetically born that way,” the 65-year-old gold medalist told Sawyer during the interview.

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Caitlyn Jenner debuted her profile on Twitter this morning and is already approaching 1 million followers. In her second tweet, she expresses excitement “to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.”

The profile, written by Buzz Bissinger, will be available when the issue hits newsstands on June 9. On Vanity Fair’s website, Jenner says, “I’m not doing this to be interesting. I’m doing this to live.”