The Democrat won the Delaware Senate race in Tuesday’s general election, becoming the first transgender person to hold office in the state’s upper chamber.
It also made her the highest ranking trans officer in the United States.
Shortly after the result was announced, she wrote on Twitter: “We did it. We won the general election. Thank you thank you thank you.
“I hope that tonight will show an LGBTQI + child that our democracy is big enough for them too.
“With Delaware continuing to face the COVID crisis, it is time to get down to work investing in the policies that matter to working families.”
While joining a handful of other transgender lawmakers across the country, she is the first transgender person to hold the office of senator.
It ran on a platform of guidelines, including paid family and sick leave for all workers, reducing costs and increasing competition in the healthcare industry, and strengthening public schools.
While studying at American University, she interned in the Obama White House, making her the first openly transgender woman to work in any capacity in the White House.
Ms. McBride, a trans rights activist, has played a pivotal role in the fight for protection against LGBTQ + discrimination in her state of Delaware and campaigned for the Equality Act to expand protection nationwide.
For her efforts to promote equality in Delaware, former Governor Jack Markell awarded Ms. McBride the Order of the First State, making her one of the youngest Delaware women to receive the state’s highest civilian honor.
In the meantime, Taylor Small (26) was voted t further northo the Vermont State Legislature, will the first trans representative of this state.
The Victory Fund, a group that aims to increase the number of openly elected LGBTQI + officials in the US, congratulated Ms. Small on Twitter, saying, “History made!”
The group also congratulated Ms. McBride.
In a statement, Annise Parker described Ms. McBride’s victory as “a powerful reminder that voters are increasingly rejecting the politics of bigotry in favor of candidates who stand for fairness and equality.”
The couple’s victories mean there are now five trans-state lawmakers in the US.
Additional coverage from Evan Young.
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