Sarah McBride Becomes The First Transgender State Senator In US History
Sarah McBride, national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, became the first transgender state senator in the United States, making her the highest ranking transgender official of the country. She emerged victorious in the Delaware state senate race on Tuesday, creating history by being the first transgender high-ranking official of the nation.
McBride shared the news on Twitter
McBride took to Twitter to share the news. “We did it. We won the general election. Thank you, thank you, thank you,” she tweeted on Tuesday night according to ET. She replaced Democrat Harris McDowell, who had endorsed McBride as he didn’t seek a re-election after 44 years. She further wrote in the thread, “I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too. As Delaware continues to face the Covid crisis, it’s time to get to work to invest in the policies that will make a difference for working families.”
We did it. We won the general election.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) November 4, 2020
McBride has been actively working for equality in the Delaware state for years. In 2016, she created history by becoming the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention in U.S. She had addressed the Democratic National Convention as the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign. Notably, the Human Rights Campaign is the nation’s largest LQBTQ and queer advocacy group and political lobbying organisation.
I intend on serving as a senator who happens to be transgender: McBride
The 28-year-old, a transgender activist and a former Obama administration intern, had said last year, “I don’t intend on serving as a transgender state senator. I intend on serving as a senator who happens to be transgender.” McBride had hit headlines in 2012 when came out as a transgender in her school’s newspaper, having stepped down as an American University’s student body president.
“I’m not running to make history or to make headlines,” McBride says. “I’m running to make a difference in this community and to represent this community as best I can by bringing the full range of experiences and perspectives I have with such a long history in this community.”
McBride defeated Republican Steve Washington to win as the state senator, creating history as the first transgender woman to serving the legislation in the U.S. state.
Shikha Chandra is an intern with SheThePeople.TV