With Hillary Clinton set to become the first female nominee to address a major-party convention Thursday evening, 25-year-old Sarah McBride achieved another first on the DNC stage, becoming the first openly transgender individual to do the same.
McBride, who came out four years ago as the student body president of American University, took the stage shortly before 6 p.m. She was introduced by Rep. Sean Maloney, himself another first: the first openly gay Congress member from the state of New York.
McBride told the Democrats about her late husband, Andrew, a trans activist who died of cancer a few days after they were married.
“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.
“Hillary Clinton understands the urgency of our fight,” she said. “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.”