One has been out just about her entire life while the other waited a lifetime to transition.
On Saturday night in Beverly Hills, Jazz Jennings, 15, and Caitlyn Jenner, 66, found themselves both on stage at the GLAAD Media Awards when their similarly named television shows tied in the category of Outstanding Reality Program.
Both I Am Jazz and I Am Caitlyn debuted last summer and won in a category that also included the shows New Girls on the Block, The Prancing Elites Project and Fuse.
Both winners said they wanted to share their journey on television to help other people – particularly those who are transgender.
‘We wanted to make a difference so that other kids could live lives as who they are,’ said Jennings who was just 7 years old when she was featured on television for the first time in an interview with Barbara Walters.
The teenager added that the award ‘validates that we did the right thing by sharing out story.’
Jennings got emotional when thanking her family.
‘Without you guys, I wouldn’t be standing here today … I don’t even know if I’d be alive today without you guys. I feel like all people deserve to have a family like my family.’
Jenner, a parent and stepparent to Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and eight others, did not mention her famous family in her speech.
Instead, she focused on the transgender women who appear regularly on I Am Cait with her, all of whom joined her in the stage.
‘You girls have been the backbone and you’ve taught me so much,’ Jenner said, choking up a bit.
‘You are my absolute best friends and I know you will always have my back.’
Jenner joked that ‘it was a measly 65 years’ before she transitioned but said ‘the last year has been the most rewarding of my life.’
She also paid tribute to co-winner Jennings saying her show ‘gives these young people hope that they can survive these very difficult times.’