DELAWARE Democrat Sarah McBride becomes the nation’s first ever elected transgender state senator
Democratic activist Sarah McBride will become the nation’s first person who publicly identifies as transgender to serve as a state senator, after winning the election on November 3 in Delaware, CNN projects.
McBride, a former spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, overwhelmingly beat Republican candidate Steve Washington, winning about 73 per cent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the Delaware Department of Elections.
Her win Tuesday also makes her Delaware’s first out LGBTQ person elected to the state’s legislature.
“I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too,” McBride tweeted Tuesday night.
Alphonso David, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, said McBride “made history not just for herself but for our entire community.”
“She gives a voice to the marginalized as a representative and an advocate,” David said in a statement. “This victory, the first of what I expect to be many in her career, shows that any person can achieve their dream, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation.
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