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Transgender activist makes history at Democratic National Convention

McBride currently works as the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign. In photo: LGBT rights activist Sarah McBride and Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney of New York address delegates of the Democratic National Convention on July 28. Photograph: (AFP)

Reuters Philadelphia, PA, United States Jul 28, 2016, 10.49 PM (IST)
Human rights activist Sarah McBride made history yesterday when she became the first openly transgender person to speak at a major party convention.

"Four years ago, I came out as transgender while serving as student body president in college. At the time I was scared. I was worried that my dreams and my identity were mutually exclusive. Since then, though, I have seen that change is possible. I witness history as an intern at the White House and helping my home state of Delaware pass protections for transgender people," McBride told the crowd in Philadelphia.

"Will we be a nation where there is only one way to love, only one to look, and only one way to live? Or will we be a nation where everyone has the freedom to live openly and equally, a nation that is stronger together? That is the question in this election."

McBride currently works as the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign. She was also the first openly transgender woman to work at the White House when she interned in the Office of Public Engagement in 2012.

(Reuters)
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