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Sarah McBride makes history as first openly trans person to speak at a national convention

Sarah McBride makes history as first openly trans person to speak at a national convention

Sarah McBride

A major historical milestone was made for the transgender community as trans woman Sarah McBride took to the stage to address the crowd at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday.

The 25-year-old is the first ever openly trans person to speak at any major political convention in the U.S.

McBride is the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign.

She came out as trans in 2012 when she was still studying at the American University in Washington, D.C. She was serving as the university’s student body president at that time.

She later interned at the White House, making her the first ever openly trans woman to work there in any capacity.

In her groundbreaking speech to the delegates, McBride spoke of her late husband, Andrew Cray, and his activism and passion.

Cray, who was a trans man, died of cancer four days after their marriage at age 28.

‘Knowing Andy left me profoundly changed. More than anything, his passing taught me that every day matters when it comes to building a world where every person can live their life to the fullest,’ McBride said.

She added: ‘Hillary Clinton understands the urgency of our fight. She will work with us to pass the Equality Act, to combat violence against transgender women of color, and to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic once and for all!’

Watch her impassioned speech here: