Transgender activist Sarah McBride announced her bid for the Delaware state Senate on Tuesday.
“I’ve spent my life standing up so that people can have dignity, peace of mind, and a fair shot at staying afloat and getting ahead,” McBride said in her campaign announcement.
If she wins the 2020 race to succeed Sen. Harris McDowell, who is retiring at the end of his term, McBride will be the state’s first elected transgender senator.
But the Delaware native has celebrated multiple meaningful milestones:
In 2016, she was the first openly transgender person to address the Democratic National convention. She was also one of the first to work in the White House, joining the Office of Public Engagement in August 2012, soon after coming out as a college senior.
McBride has also worked for former governor Jack Markell and attorney general Beau Biden. Now serving as national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGTBQ lobbying group, she has continued to be a force for the movement through the Trump-Pence administration, which she called “one of the most explicitly anti-LGBTQ administrations in history” during a 2018 interview with The Washington Post.
“We have to continue to resist attacks. But while we do that, we are still moving equality forward,” she told The Post, including passing more inclusive laws at the state and local levels, such as the Gender Identity Nondiscrimination Act — a bill McBride lobbied for that was signed into law in 2013.
“We can meet these challenges,” she said during her campaign announcement, “but it will take big ideas and the courage to act.”