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Trans Activist Sarah McBride isn't backing down against Trump/Pence

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Trans Activist Sarah McBride isn't backing down against Trump/Pence


McBride of Wilmington, Delaware, has most recently
launched a landmark campaign for political office in her
home state of Delaware.
Sarah McBride, author of "Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality," discusses her time working as an intern in Obama's White House and explains why she's not discouraged by Trump's rollback on regulations.

The video can be viewed below, along with the entire video transcript listed in the spoiler:
My name is Sarah McBride and I am a proud transgender American.

My name's Sarah McBride. I'm the National Press Secretary at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. After coming out as transgender while in college, I applied for and was eventually accepted into an internship in the Obama White House. And it was truly one of the most incredible experiences for me to walk into the White House as my authentic self. Even as an intern, I saw that my presence and the presence of other transgender people changed the way staffers and administration officials talked about transgender equality. Because at the end of the day an issue can no longer be abstract to you if you're walking the halls or sitting across the conference table from a person impacted by those challenges.

There was no question that the Obama Biden administration was supportive of transgender equality from the start. But in the second term, we saw a degree of confidence and passion for trans equality that we had never seen by any administration in American history. And that was because that White House got to know transgender people. They got to see us in our full humanity. They got to see us and understand that our issues aren't some luxury issue that you focus on once you deal with others. These are life and death issues for the trans community.

Now in the five years since I interned at the White House we've gone from a presidency of progress to a presidency of prejudice. Donald Trump and Mike Pence have governed the exact same way they campaigned, with bigotry and with bluster. Despite Donald Trump claiming that he would be a friend to the LGBTQ community as President, we've seen the exact opposite from his administration. Just a few months after taking office, they rescinded life-saving guidance promoting the protection of transgender students. They've appointed anti-equality extremists to administration positions on the federal bench. They've granted a sweeping license to discriminate to government workers, federal contractors, and health care providers against LGBTQ people. And in one of his most shameful moves yet, the President, the commander in chief, targeted our own troops for his hate and discrimination with an unconstitutional dangerous and discriminatory ban on openly transgender service members.

It's a reminder that our progress, our march toward a more perfect union, is never linear. Equality often comes in fits and starts but we've seen over the long course, over the long arch of history, that we do move forward. That no presidency can stand in our way or halt the momentum of our movement. That our voices are more powerful than a single politician.

And that's why, even with Donald Trump in the White House, even with Mike Pence as Vice President, even with anti-equality politicians and far too many state legislators, we continue to open hearts, change minds, and move equality forward. We must never forget that change trickles up. That change will come not just from laws, but from hearts, minds, policies and practices, and more and more people saying that, "If my child were to come out as transgender, "the world that I'd want them to encounter "is a world of kindness, love and inclusion."

McBride of Wilmington, Delaware, has most recently launched a landmark campaign for political office in her home state of Delaware. If elected, the transgender woman who is currently the national press secretary for Human Rights Campaign would become not only the first out trans lawmaker in the state, but the first out transgender state senator in U.S. history.

Delaware is a solidly blue state, with Democrats in the Woodburn, the Governor's House in Dover, and holding a majority in both houses of the legislature. But are voters there ready to elect a trans woman?

“I think voters don’t care about my gender,” McBride told The Advocate in an interview. “We’ve seen across the country that when trans candidates run, they win.”

If her name or face seems familiar, it could be because she was the first trans person to speak at a national political convention when she addressed the Democratic National Convention in 2016, and last year became a best selling author:

This race, McBride said, has as its inspiration the central theme of her memoir: how she witnessed her late husband, Andrew McCray, a trans man, fight cancer until his death just four days after their 2014 wedding.

"My hope is that Andy is watching down and he’s proud of me," she told The Advocate. "I’m running because my experience with Andy underscored that healthcare is the biggest quality-of-life issue in our lives."

McBride, who turns 29 next month, is seeking the Democratic party nomination to succeed incumbent State Sen. Harris McDowell, who announced he will retire next year. McBride is the first candidate to announce a bid for his seat in Delaware State Senate District 1, which includes parts of Wilmington (where she grew up and she and her parents still reside), as well as Bellefont, and Claymont.

The primary is set for Sept. 15, 2020.

As for her platform, McBride announced her candidacy in a video on her website and on Twitter, declaring that she’s running for people’s "dignity and peace of mind."

"This is a special place because we’re all neighbors here," she said. "We take pride in each other’s accomplishments. We feel each other’s pain. We’re there for each other when it counts."

McBride has been at HRC since June 2016, having previously worked for the Center for American Progress and as the first out transgender intern at the White House under President Obama. Following graduation from American University where she was elected student body president. she worked to elect former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell in 2008 and also the late state Attorney General, Beau Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, in 2010.


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