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Sarah McBride speaks onstage at a Human Rights Campaign dinner in Los Angeles in 2018. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Human Rights Campaign)

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Transgender activist Sarah McBride plans to run for Delaware Senate

July 9, 2019

Transgender activist Sarah McBride says she will run for the Delaware Senate in 2020, the Delaware News Journal reports, vying to replace Senator Harris McDowell, who is retiring at the end of his term.

McBride, 28, rose to national prominence in 2016 when she became the first openly transgender person to speak at the Democratic National Convention, the News Journal reports.

She is currently the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, the LGBTQ civil rights advocacy group, and plans to stay in that position part-time during her campaign.

Should she win the election, she said, “I don’t intend on serving as a transgender state senator. I intend on serving as a senator who happens to be transgender.”

Comedian Amy Schumer is raising money to help McBride’s campaign, per her Instagram post Tuesday.

McBride spoke at the Women in the World Summit in New York City this past spring, joining actress and activist Ashley Judd, associate professor Brittney Cooper, and author Rebecca Traister for a candid discussion of the current state of feminism.

Watch video of her appearance here:

Read more at the Delaware News Journal.

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