DE and Vermont elect first American transgender legislators to the US Senate

Sarah McBride

LGBTQ activist Sarah McBride just became the first transgender person to be elected to a state senate in USA history.

AgenciesSenator Sarah McBride, who won today from Delaware.

McBride is a spokeswoman for the Human Rights Campaign, America's largest LGBTQ advocacy organisation, and in the past year has taught public policy to students at the University of Delaware's Biden Institute.

McBride, 30, will also be the nation's highest-ranking openly transgender elected official.

Vermont elected Taylor Small, an out transgender woman to its state legislature on Tuesday. He has also banned trans people from serving in the military and ruled that in the majority of cases, trans prisoners should be assigned housing based on their assigned sex at birth.

For her efforts advancing equality in DE, former Governor Jack Markell awarded Ms McBride the Order of the First State, making her one of the youngest Delawareans granted the state's highest civilian honour.

"You are the change we wish to see in the world".

In addition, she was an intern at the White House in 2012 during former President Barack Obama's administration and made history for her appearance at Democratic National Convention in 2016, becoming the first transgender person to speak at a major party's national convention. "Thank you, thank you, thank you", McBride tweeted.

"Throughout this election cycle, Donald Trump and other cynical politicians attempted to use trans people as a political weapon, believing they could gain popularity by stoking fear and hate", Parker continued.

"I hope tonight shows an LGBTQI+ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too".

Her campaign generated interest and money from around the country, raising more than $270,000 in donations as of early October, eclipsing fundraising totals even for candidates for statewide office in Delaware.

Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said: "Tonight, Sarah made history not just for herself but for our entire community". She gives a voice to the marginalised as a representative and an advocate.

She succeeds fellow Democrat Harris McDowell, who had held the Senate seat since 1976 and endorsed McBride's candidacy.

She released a memoir in 2018, entitled "Tomorrow Will Be Different", which earned acclaim from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.



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