Democratic Delaware state Senator Sarah McBride, the first transgender state senator ever elected, predicts that more people from the LGBT community will run for office and that the United States will eventually elect a transgender president.
During an interview on “The Carlos Watson Show,” McBride said, “I think it’s eventually likely that this country will elect an LGBTQ president and eventually a transgender president.”
“I know that we as a community, we as a country, are certainly making progress toward more and more trans people running for office, winning, and serving in positions throughout government at every level,” McBride continued.
McBride also said that trans policymakers would provide better perspective for “LGBT equality.”
“I see very clearly as a trans person how transphobia links with homophobia, how both of those link with misogyny and racism, but then on the flip side how my whiteness shields me from some of the worst discrimination that comes the trans community’s way,” McBride said. “I think trans candidates, LGBTQ candidates, women, people of color, what we all bring to the table is this understanding that the longstanding distinction in our politics and economic issues and social issues is a false distinction.”
“The fight for equality for any community isn’t about some abstract moral principle,” McBride said. “It’s about making sure that everyone can get a job that pays the bills, health care that meets their needs, a quality education that prepares them for the future, and safe communities where every person is treated with dignity.”
McBride became the first transgender person to speak at a major political party’s convention when addressing the audience at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
“Hillary Clinton won’t be the only woman to make history this Thursday,” Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said at the time. “When Sarah McBride takes the stage, she will become the first transgender person to speak at a national Democratic or Republican convention. 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.”
McBride’s interview with Watson comes as some states pass legislation banning biological men from participating in women’s sports. Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee have implemented bans, while Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice intends to sign a similar bill.