Sarah McBride has officially become the first openly transgender state senator in American history.
Democrat Sarah McBride has defeated Republicans in Delaware, becoming the first openly transgender state senator in American history.
First openly transgender senator in US
McBride is a Democrat and an activist and won her state senate race in Delaware, defeating a Republican, Steve Washington, in the First State Senate District.
She had interned at the White House when Obama was in power and lobbied the Delaware General Assembly on a transgender rights bill signed in 2013. In 2016 she became the first trans person to speak at a major party’s national convention, the Democratic National Convention, in which she gave a speech about freedom of expression, celebrating the possibility for Americans of voting LGBTQ candidates. She said: “Will we be a nation where there’s only one way to love, one way to look, one way to live? Or will we be a nation where everyone has the freedom to live openly and equally; a nation that’s stronger together?”
After winning the race for her state’s first Senate district and becoming the first openly transgender state senator in US history, McBride tweeted: “We did it. We won the general election. Thank you, thank you, thank you.” McBride confirmed her success is a massive step for equality, LGBTQ rights and a celebration of freedom of expression. After her victory on Tuesday, she announced to be ‘incredibly grateful’ to her voters, she hopes her success will send a message to “a young person struggling with where they fit and how they fit into this world: that our democracy is big enough for them too and their voices matter.”
We did it. We won the general election.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) November 4, 2020