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Delaware’s McBride becomes first openly transgender state senator

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 11:45 AM, 4 November 2020   Updated: 12:02 PM, 4 November 2020

Sarah McBride becomes first openly transgender state senator in US presidential polls history

Sarah McBride becomes first openly transgender state senator in US presidential polls history

Sarah McBride, a Democratic candidate in the US states of Delaware and Vermont, made history Tuesday as she became the first transgender senator, taking 86 percent of the vote in the state’s first Senate district.

She is also the first openly trans state senator in the United States and the highest-ranking trans official in the country.

In a tweet on Tuesday night, Sarah McBride thanked the voters, wrote, “We did it. We won the general election. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

“I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too,” ‍she also wrote.

Meanwhile, Taylor Small, 26, became the state’s first transgender representative, taking 43 percent and 41 percent of the vote in her two districts in Vermont. 

Their wins come just a few years after Democrat Danica Roem became the first openly trans lawmaker in the US. Roem was elected to Virginia’s state assembly in 2017. 

The Victory Fund, a political action committee focused on increasing the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials in the US, congratulated Taylor Small on Twitter, writing: “History made!”

The group also congratulated McBride. 

Fund chief Annise Parker called McBride’s victory “a powerful reminder that voters are increasingly rejecting the politics of bigotry in favor of candidates who stand for fairness and equality.”

Source: AFP, The Daily Star

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