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Sarah McBride Poised To Become First Transgender State Senator

Sarah McBride

Transgender woman Sarah McBride won her primary last night securing the Democratic nomination for Delaware’s First Senate Seat. Ms. McBride is expected to win the election in November taking the place of Democrat Harris B. McDowell III, who is retiring after representing the district for 44 years.

With Sarah McBride’s anticipated win in November, she will become our nation’s highest-ranking transgender elected official.

Sarah McBride humbly said on a short post-primary Facebook Live video that her victory was made possible by the hard work of her supporters, the love of her parents, and the legacy of Harris B. McDowell III.

The New York Times reports that Ms. McBride said in an interview that she wanted her victory to inspire others. “My hope is that this result can help reinforce for a young kid trying to find their place in this world, here in Delaware or anywhere else in this country, that this democracy is big enough for them, too,” she said.

“Right now in America, we are seeing voices that for so long were pushed to the margins and to the shadows finally being heard,” she added.

Ms. McBride is no newcomer to national or local politics. In 2012 she became the first openly transgender person to work at the White House when she was an intern during President Barack Obama’s administration. She later lobbied the Delaware state legislature on behalf of a transgender rights bill, which was signed into law in 2013, and is now a national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest L.G.B.T.Q. civil rights group.

In 2016 she became the first transgender person to speak at a major party’s national convention when she took the stage before Democrats in Philadelphia.

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. — a towering figure in Delaware politics, and now the Democratic presidential nominee — wrote the foreword to Ms. McBride’s 2018 book about her fight for transgender equality.

“Sarah is the epitome of what can make an elected official great,” said Alphonso B. David, the Human Rights Campaign president. “Tonight, she takes the first step on what I expect to be a storied career in the public realm.”

Related. Be sure to check out Sarah McBride’s nonfiction book “>Why ‘Tomorrow Will Be Different’ for the Transgender Community.”

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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