Delaware Dem Candidate Poised To Break Barriers As First Trans Senator

attends The Human Rights Campaign 2018 Los Angeles Gala Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Sarah McBride, national press secretary for the HRC Foundation, speaks onstage at the Human Rights Campaign 2018 Los Angeles Gala Dinner on March 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images ... Sarah McBride, national press secretary for the HRC Foundation, speaks onstage at the Human Rights Campaign 2018 Los Angeles Gala Dinner on March 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Human Rights Campaign (HRC)) MORE LESS
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September 16, 2020 11:04 a.m.

Delaware state senate candidate Sarah McBride, the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), won her Democratic primary race on Tuesday night, setting her up to be the first openly transgender person to become a state senator.

“Tonight sends a powerful signal that candidates like me can win,” McBride tweeted. “Everyone deserves to see themselves in government, to follow their dreams, and to be accepted by their community. I will never take for granted the honor of carrying that mantle.”

With the seat in a safely blue district, McBride is expected to win the general election come November.

There are currently four openly transgender state lawmakers, all of whom are House legislators: Reps. Lisa Bunker (D) and Gerri Cannon (D) of New Hampshire, Rep. Brianna Titone (D) of Colorado, and Del. Dania Roem (D) of Virginia.

McBride has close ties to Democratic presidential candidate and fellow Delaware ex-lawmaker Joe Biden, who described transgender activism as “the civil rights issue of our time” in a forward he wrote for her memoir in 2017.

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