Sarah McBride wins Delaware race, becoming America’s 1st openly transgender state senator

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Transgender rights activist Sarah McBride speaks on stage at the Women In The World Summit in New York, U.S., April 11, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Sarah McBride defeated Republican opponent Steve Washington in Delaware’s First State Senate District by a large margin, the New York Times reports. The Democratic is the first transgender person to office in a state Senate, according to the LGBTQ Victory Fund.

“We did it. We won the general ,” McBride, 30, tweeted on Tuesday night. “I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too.”

McBride is among five transgender state legislators, according to the Washington Blade. The others are Danica Roem, a member the Virginia House Delegates; New Hampshire state Reps. Lisa Bunker and Gerri Cannon; and Colorado state Rep. Brianna Titone, all Democrats.

In a statement Tuesday, LGBTQ Victory Fund CEO Annise Parker said McBride won in a “polarizing year.”

“Throughout this cycle, Donald Trump and other cynical politicians attempted to use trans as a political weapon, believing they could gain popularity by stoking fear and hate,” Parker said. “For Sarah to shatter a lavender ceiling in such a polarizing year is a powerful reminder that are increasingly rejecting the politics bigotry in favor candidates stand for fairness and equality. Her victory will inspire more trans to follow in her footsteps and run for office.”

AP reports that McBride the first openly transgender person to speak at a major party convention when she addressed the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

Also on Tuesday, in the presidential , Democrat the projected winner Delaware, his state.

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