- Sarah McBride received 86% of the vote in her heavily-Democratic district.
- Taylor Small became the fifth transgender state legislator in the United States and the first one from Vermont.
- With the senator’s election, it’s no doubt a huge victory for transgender people in Delaware.
Democrat Sarah McBride made history Tuesday by winning a state senate seat in Delaware. McBride is the first openly transgender person in the United States to be elected as a state senator, as was reported by the Associated Press. She also becomes the nation’s highest-ranking politician who is openly transgender.
Sarah McBride received 86% of the vote in her heavily-Democratic district, which stretches from northern Wilmington to the Pennsylvania border. She comfortably defeated Republican Steve Washington. In her victory acceptance speech, McBride thanked voters.
“Voters in this district are fair-minded and they’re judging candidates based on their ideas and not their identities,” she said. “They’re looking for candidates with the imagination and the energy and the experience to meet this moment with meaningful results.”
In 2016, Sarah McBride made history by becoming the first openly trans person to address a national party convention. In her 2016 speech before the Democratic National Convention, she took to the podium and directly challenged America:
“Will we be a nation where there’s only one way to love, one way to look, one way to live? Or will we be a nation where everyone has the freedom to live openly and equally; a nation that’s stronger together?”
It was this powerful speech, her eloquence and confidence, that skyrocketed her to political prominence at the national level. It gave her a strong platform to venture into politics, eventually.
“A Key Step”
Sarah McBride’s victory is undoubtedly a crucial win for transgender people as it demonstrates that Americans are no longer discriminating against transgender people or gender identity– at least not to a level that makes transgender people unable to be elected to public office.
Also, in the state of Vermont, a transgender person has been elected. Taylor Small became the fifth transgender state legislator in the United States and the first one from Vermont. However, at a lower political level than State Senator Sarah McBride.
Notably, more and more transgender people are emerging on the political scene of the United States, which is a good development. However, a lot still needs to be done as it still can’t be concluded that there are now equal rights for all.
Trans People in Delaware
“We did it. We won the general election. Thank you, thank you, thank you,” McBride, 30, tweeted on Tuesday night. “I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too.”
With the senator’s election, it’s no doubt a huge victory for transgender people in Delaware, as they have earned themselves a chance of being represented by a legislature that reflects their reality. In addition, it helps to confirm that there is a future for transgender children and young people in the US and elsewhere in the world.