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Sarah McBride made history Tuesday, becoming the first transgender state senator in the United States by besting a Republican opponent Steve Washington. Per The New York Times, the first to report the news, it was a landslide, too, with McBride taking 73 percent of the votes to Washington’s 27 percent.
McBride, who segues to the seat after serving as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, tweeted a message of gratitude after the news broke, posting, “We did it. We won the general election. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too.”
The victory is the latest history-making move for McBride. In 2016, she became the first openly transgender person to speak at any major party convention in the United States by taking the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The Wilmington native also earned an Order of the First State distinction from Gov. Jack Markell, making her one of the youngest Delawareans granted the state’s highest civilian honor, according to her official bio.
But it was the Senate bid that caught Hollywood’s attention Tuesday night. Supporter Amy Schumer took to Instagram to celebrate the victory by posting, “Congrats to my friend Sarah McBride and congrats to Delawareans for electing a great leader!!!!!”
Oscar-winner Charlize Theron responded by tweeting, “We are all a mess of anxiety right now but at least we can celebrate this incredible news.”
We are all a mess of anxiety right now but at least we can celebrate this incredible news 🙌🏻 https://t.co/MlUMCnXfEF
— Charlize Theron (@CharlizeAfrica) November 4, 2020
LGBTQ Hollywood also took to social media to offer their congrats for McBride, who just days ago shared that she received an endorsement heading into the election from former President Barack Obama. (McBride interned at the White House during Obama’s administration.)
Transparent and Hustlers star Trace Lysette congratulated “Senator McBride,” adding, “this got me all the way together.” TV creator, director and actor Peter Paige posted, “So proud of you!” Pose star Indya Moore simply said, “Thank you!” for the representation. Influencer Tyler Oakley noted, “You make us all proud.” Actress and star of NBC’s Connecting… Shakina Nayfack offered her congratulations by also noting, “You are making history!!”
“Icon” was the response from songwriter and LGBTQ activist Justin Tranter. The victory makes McBride the fifth transgender state legislator after Danica Roem, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates; New Hampshire’s Reps. Lisa Bunker and Gerri Cannon; and Colorado’s Rep. Brianna Titone.
The win came during an extremely tight presidential race, wherein by 10 p.m. PT on Tuesday President Trump had won key battleground state Florida as well as Texas and Ohio, whereas challenger and former vice president Joe Biden gained Minnesota and New Hampshire, according to the Associated Press. North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Georgia were still undecided as the pair fought to gain the necessary 270 electoral votes to become president.
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