Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY Awards Speech Draws Cheers, Tears and Acceptance From Stars on Social Media

Rosie Perez, Ty Pennington and Russell Simmons are among those paying tribute to transgender former Olympian

Last Updated: July 16, 2015 @ 7:16 AM

Caitlyn Jenner’s tearful speech at the ESPY Awards Wednesday night drew strong praise on social media, with many celebrating her courage and message of acceptance.

Stars including Russell Simmons paid tribute to the transgender former Olympian as she accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Simmons tweeted, “Respect to Caitlyn Jenner. Beautiful, moving, inspiring speech tonight at the Espys. We are a better people because of your courage.”

Many others, like trans actress Laverne Cox and “The View” co-host Rosie Perez, also expressed pride and support for Jenner.

Read some of the best reactions below.