Sarah McBride, a 30-year-old LGBTQ activist, will become the most powerful openly transgender legislator in the nation after winning her state senator race in Delaware in Tuesday̵7;s election .
Seconds after winning, she told BuzzFeed News that she hopes her achievement as the first openly transgender senator will encourage other young LGBTQ people to follow their dreams. .
“I hope tonight’s results send a message that could potentially save a transgender child’s life,” said McBride. “They can go to sleep knowing that their dreams and truth are not mutually exclusive.”
McBride, a former White House trainee in the Obama administration and later press secretary of the Human Rights Campaign, appeared as transgender while serving as university student union president. USA in Washington, DC, in 2012.
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She drove to her election party on Tuesday when the first round of voting came to show she could win. Shortly after arriving at a party at a local small business in Wilmington, the Associated Press and the New York Times called the race for her.
“I’ve spent my whole life feeling like tonight was so confusing that it seemed impossible,” she said. “To get those results and look online in black and white, the AP calling it … helped reinforce that nothing is really impossible.”
McBride appointed her Democratic counterpart Danica Roem, who was elected as the first openly transstate legislator to the Virginia House of Representatives in 2017, as one of her paving the way.
On Tuesday night, Roem tweeted her congratulation to McBride, declaring that she was “very, too, very proud.”
McBride pointed out that when she was growing up, the only public references to transgender people were “stories about transgender people in a comedy or a corpse in a TV series” and she was not seen. see transgender people in positions of power.
“I know how different it will make a difference to me as a young person fighting for my place in the world,” she told BuzzFeed News. “Growing up without this kind of role model.”
The new state senator elected for Delaware said she hopes she is known as “the health senator and the senator taking paid leave” – two issues, she said, even important more by the coronavirus pandemic.
McBride knows the power of health care and paid leave; Her husband Andy died of cancer when she was 24 years old.
She recalls that one of the most tragic and beautiful conversations she had with her late husband during his final months was that he cried over all the things he would miss – granddaughters that he won’t see when he grows up, family members he will remember, and ‘the fact that he won’t be able to tell me that he loves me and is proud of me. “
“Because it was so sad, it was stuck in my memory,” said McBride. “Tonight, I can hear Andy’s voice saying, ‘I love you and I’m proud of you.’
Another Delaware Democrat who closely followed her journey was Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate. McBride volunteered for Delaware’s attorney general campaign for her son Beau Biden and then became the first public translator at a political conference when she spoke at DNC 2016.
“In this work, I go back to the most important lessons my father taught me and my children,” Joe Biden writes in the preface to McBride’s memoir. Tomorrow will be different, “The same principle encourages courageous advocates like Sarah McBride: that everyone has a right to be treated with dignity and respect.”
McBride said despite her own victory, she will “nervously watch” the national results on Tuesday night, hoping that Biden will become the next president.
But whatever happens, she’s focused on her new role representing the people of Delaware. “As much work as last year, real work will begin tomorrow,” she said before she began to address her winning party in front of a crowd of supporters.