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posted Friday, July 29, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 31
DNC features first out Trans speaker
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DNC features first out Trans speaker

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Sarah McBride will be the first out Trans speaker at a major party convention when she appears July 28 at the Democratic National Convention.

McBride is currently national press secretary of the HRC Foundation. Prior to joining HRC, McBride worked on the campaign of the late Delaware attorney general, Beau Biden, and was elected student body president at American University in 2011. In the last week of her term, she came out as a Trans woman in the student newspaper, The Eagle.

In 2013, she joined the board of Equality Delaware and became an advocate for adding protection for Trans people to the state's hate crimes laws. McBride is now on the steering committee of Trans United for Hillary.

HRC, which endorsed the eventual Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, in January, announced July 24 that McBride would speak on the last day of the convention.

'Hillary Clinton won't be the only woman to make history this Thursday. When Sarah McBride takes the stage, she will become the first transgender person to speak at a national Democratic or Republican convention,' HRC president Chad Griffin said in a statement.

'Sarah's inclusion in Thursday's program is a significant milestone for our community, and it sends a strong message that transgender people and their voices matter.'

'People must understand that even as we face daily harassment, tragic violence, and an onslaught of anti-LGBTQ political attacks across the country, we are real people merely seeking to be treated with the dignity and respect every person deserves,' McBride said in a statement.

'I'm so proud to stand with the LGBT Caucus and speak out in support of Hillary Clinton, because we know she stands with us.'

In contrast to the Republican convention, the Democrats would be 'providing a message of hope and optimism and inclusion for this country,' she added.

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