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Sarah McBride becomes the first transgender state senator with victory in Delaware

 Democrat Sarah McBride has become the first transgender person elected to the US Senate after winning in the state of Delaware

The 30-year-old LGBT+ activist had been widely predicted to win the deep-blue state, which was called early for Joe Biden in the presidential race.

McBride joins a handful of transgender people in Congress, but will be the most senior on Capitol Hill when she is sworn in. 

Sarah McBride has become the first transgender person elected to the US Senate after the 30-year-old LGBT+ activist won in the deep-blue state of Delaware

Sarah McBride has become the first transgender person elected to the US Senate after the 30-year-old LGBT+ activist won in the deep-blue state of Delaware

McBride makes history to become first transgender state senator
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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 tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too.

'As Delaware continues to face the Covid crisis, it's time to get to work to invest in the policies that will make a difference for working families.' 


She ran on a platform with policies including paid family and medical leave for all workers, reducing costs and increasing competition in the health care industry and strengthening public schools.

While in college at American University, she interned in the Obama White House, becoming the first openly transgender woman to work in the White House in any capacity.

Ms McBride, a transgender rights activist, has played a crucial role in the fight for LGBTQ+ discrimination protections in her state of Delaware and has lobbied for the Equality Act to extend protections nationwide.

McBride will join a handful of transgender people in Congress, but will be the most senior after being sworn in early next year

McBride will join a handful of transgender people in Congress, but will be the most senior after being sworn in early next year

For her efforts advancing equality in Delaware, former Governor Jack Markell awarded Sarah the Order of the First State, making her one of the youngest Delawareans granted the state's highest civilian honour.

She released a memoir in 2018, entitled 'Tomorrow Will Be Different', which earned acclaim from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. 

McBride worked on the campaign for Beau Biden, Joe's son, when he was Attorney General. She also worked on the campaign of Delaware Gov. Jack Markell.

In 2016, she became the first transgender person to address a party conference, when she spoke at the DNC.

'Will we be a nation where there’s only one way to love, one way to look, one way to live,' she said. 

'Or will we be a nation where everyone has the freedom to live openly and equally; a nation that’s stronger together?' 

It recounted her experiences fighting for equality in America, as well as her relationship with her late husband Andrew Cray, for whom she was a caregiver throughout his cancer battle.

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