Sarah McBride becomes first openly trans state senator in US history

4 November 2020, 11:10 | Updated: 4 November 2020, 11:39

By Sam Prance

Delaware have elected Sarah McBride as their state senator in the 2020 election.

It's official. Sarah McBride has just made political history. She has just become the first openly trans state senator in the US.

Sarah McBride, who is a Democrat and an LGBTQ+ activist, won the Delaware state senate race against Republican, Steve Washington. Taking to Twitter to celebrate her win today (Nov 3), McBride tweeted: "We did it. We won the general election. Thank you." McBride then added: "I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too."

McBride has since opened about what this historic moment means to her personally and for trans representation at large.

Sarah McBride is now the first openly trans state senator in the US
Sarah McBride is now the first openly trans state senator in the US. Picture: @sarahmcbride via Instagram, Rich Fury/Getty Images for Human Rights Campaign

Speaking to Buzzfeed about her auspicious victory, McBride said: "I am hopeful that tonight's result can send a potentially lifesaving message to a young trans kid. They can go to sleep knowing that their dreams and their truths are not mutually exclusive. I spent my entire life feeling like tonight was so incomprehensible that it was seemingly impossible."

She then continued: "To have those results come in and see in black and white online the AP call it... helped to reinforce that nothing is truly impossible." McBride said: "I know how much of a difference it would have made for me as a young person struggling for my place in the world. Growing up, there was no example of something like this."

Sarah is a passionate healthcare and paid leave advocate. Her husband, Andy, died from cancer when she was 24-years-old. Speaking about Andy, Sarah said: "This evening I can hear Andy’s voice saying, 'I love you and I'm proud of you.'"