Transgender activist Sarah McBride wins Delaware state Senate primary

Transgender activist Sarah McBride wins Delaware state Senate primary

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Transgender activist Sarah McBride won the Democratic nomination for a Delaware state Senate seat Tuesday, putting her on track to be the nation’s highest-ranking openly transgender elected official.

McBride, who currently serves as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization, defeated Joseph McCole to win the nomination for the state Senate seat in the 1st District. She will be the heavy favorite to win the seat, which has been held by Democrat Harris McDowell since 1977 and is open this cycle.

The district covers parts of northern Delaware and includes portions of Wilmington.

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McBride, 30 has been involved in activism for much of her life, and gained recognition as a chief advocate for Delaware’s landmark non-discrimination legislation, which was signed into law in 2013, as well as for Medicaid expansion. 

McBride also published a book in 2018 titled “Tomorrow Will Be Different,” which delved into her activism and her relationship with her late husband Andrew Cray, who died from cancer. 

She was awarded the Order of the First State by former Governor Jack Markell (D), making her one of the youngest people granted the state’s highest civilian honor.


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