Sarah McBride Makes History as First Transgender Speaker at National Convention
"Will we be a nation where there's only one way to love, only one way to look and only one way to live? Or will we be a nation where everyone has the freedom to live openly and equally?" she asked the convention on Thursday.
Sarah McBride spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, becoming the first-ever transgender person to address a national convention.
"I am a proud transgender American," McBride told the crowd to loud cheers and applause. She told the audience about how she came out as transgender four years ago as the student body president at her college.
"At the time, I was scared," she said. "I worried that my dreams and my identity were mutually exclusive. Since then, though, I've seen that change is possible." McBride later interned at the White House and now works at the Human Rights Campaign, working to pass legislation that protects transgender people.
"But despite our progress," she added, "so much work remains. Will we be a nation where there's only one way to love, only one way 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's stronger together."
McBride concluded her speech with an endorsement of Hillary Clinton, who "understands the urgency of our fight."
Watch her speech below.