“I’m proud of who I am, but I’m more than one identity”: The fight for transgender voices in 2020
by Emily Tillett
July 18, 2019
The first thing Sarah McBride did after launching her candidacy for the Delaware state senate was take a deep breath and press a button that launched her campaign website. The second thing she did: hug her mom.
“Both my parents have been the strongest advocates and allies on this journey with me.”
Any candidate is likely to experience these emotions, but if McBride feels a little more anxious than other political candidates, that’s not surprising.
Twenty-eight-year-old McBride, a transgender activist who was the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention in U.S. history at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, is running for the state legislature. If elected, she would become the first transgender state senator in U.S. history.