Thursday night was a historic evening not just because Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president, but because Sarah McBride became the first openly transgender person to address a national convention. She was introduced by Rep. Sean Maloney, the first openly gay Congress member from the state of New York. McBride, 25, was the first openly transgender White House staffer when she interned Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. He introduced her with the words: It's about time.
Maloney and McBride's appearances were to reinforce Clinton's slogan, "We are stronger together."
"Will we be a nation where there's only one way to love, one way to look, and one way to live? Or will we be a nation where everyone who has the freedom to live openly and equally?"
McBride continued by extolling Clinton's commitment to LGBTQ issues:
"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."
McBride acknowledged the current political atmosphere is hostile to the LBGTQ community:
"Today in America, LGBTQ people are targeted by hate that lives in both laws and hearts. Many still struggle just to get by. But I believe tomorrow can be different. Tomorrow, we can be respected and protected - especially if Hillary Clinton is our president. And that's why I'm proud to say that I'm with her."
Sally McBride, Sarah's mother, told CNN believes her daughter could have only made this speech at the Democratic National Convention because "When you look at their platform, the Republican platform, it's so anti-LGBT. I don't think she would have been asked. I don't think it would have been possible."
However, not everyone watching the DNC saw McBride's historic address. Fox News didn't air the address even though they did air Peter Thiel's RNC address. Thiel was the first speaker first speaker in the party's history to declare he is "proud to be gay" from the stage of the Republican National Convention.
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