Love, Loss and the Fight for Trans Equality
Before becoming the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention in 2016 at the age of twenty-six, Sarah McBride struggled with the decision to come out. Not just to her family but publicly. She’d known she was a girl from her earliest memories, but it wasn’t until the Facebook post announcing her truth went viral that she realized just how much impact her story could have on the country.
McBride was one of the nation’s most prominent transgender activists just four years later, walking the halls of the White House, advocating inclusive legislation, and addressing the country in the midst of a heated presidential election. She had also found her first love and future husband, Andy, a trans man and fellow activist, who complemented her in every way. Until cancer tragically intervened.
Informative, heartbreaking, and profoundly empowering, McBride’s story of love and loss it’s a powerful entry point into the LGBTQ community’s battle for equal rights and what it means to be openly transgender. A personal journey bound to open hearts and change minds.
About the Author
Sarah McBride is an American activist and politician who is a Democratic member of the Delaware Senate since January 2021. She was previously the National Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign. She is the first transgender state senator in United States history. She is the first openly transgender state senator in the country, making her the highest-ranking transgender elected official in United States history.
McBride is largely credited with the passage of legislation in Delaware banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, insurance, and public accommodations. In July 2016, she was a speaker at the Democratic National Convention, becoming the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention in American history.