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Transgender activist Sarah McBride makes history by delivering DNC address.
Former white house intern becomes the first Transgender woman to speak at a Democratic National Convention and pays emotional tribute to her husband who died four days after their wedding.
Sarah McBride, 25, tonight became the first trans woman to address a national political convention
McBride came out in college when she was the editor of her student newspaper and was commended by Joe Biden for her move
She lost her husband to terminal cancer just four days after they wed in 2014 and spoke of him eloquently in her speech.
The first transgender woman to be a speaker at a national political convention took to the stage in Philadelphia tonight where told the touching story of losing her husband and how it pushed her to want to expedite change.
Sarah McBride, a 25-year-old trans woman and former White House intern, told the crowd: ‘Knowing Andy left me profoundly changed, but more than anything else his passing taught me that everyday matters when it comes to building a world where every person can live their life to the fullest.’
McBride was introduced by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., an openly gay congressman who talked lovingly about his husband, before handing the floor to the trans activist.
‘Sarah is a courageous young leader, and the first trans person ever to address a national convention,’ Maloney said.
Being greeted by huge cheers, McBride introduced herself.
‘My name is Sarah McBride and I am a proud transgender American,’ she said.
‘Four years I came out as transgender while serving as student body president in college. At the time I was scared. I worried that my dreams and my identity were mutually exclusive,’ she continued.
Her coming out story was featured in national news outlets and she was praised by Vice President Joe Biden, probably the most famous name from her home state of Delaware. And his son, the state’s attorney general Beau.
Sarah, I just wanted you to know, I’m so proud of you. I love you, and you’re still a part of the Biden family,’ the late Beau Biden said.
Tonight onstage, she said she now believes that change is possible.
‘I’ve witnessed history interning at the White House, and helping my home state of Delaware pass protections for transgender people. Today I see this change in the LGBT caucus and in my own job at the Human Rights Campaign, but despite our progress, so much work remains’
In 2012, McBride worked at the White House and became the first openly transgender person to do so.
‘Will we be a nation where there’s only one way to love, one way to look, one way to live?’ she asked. ‘Or will we be a nation where everyone has the freedom to live openly and equally? A nation that’s stronger together?’
‘That’s the question in this election,’
She then told the Democrats in the audience about meeting Andrew Cray.
‘For me this struggle for equality became all the more urgent when I learned that my future husband Andrew was battling cancer,’ she said. ‘I met Andy, who was a transgender man fighting for equality and we fell in love.’
‘And yet even in the face of this terminal illness, this 28-year-old he never wavered his commitment to our cause. And his belief that this country can change,’ she said.
‘Andy and I married in 2014. And just four days after our wedding he passed away,’ she said.
She then made her pitch for the Democratic nominee. ‘Hillary Clinton understands the urgency of our fight.’
‘Today in America, LGBTQ people are targeted by hate that lives in both laws and hearts. Many still struggle just to get by,’ she said.
‘But I believe tomorrow can be different,’ she continued.
Griffin shamed Trump for exploiting a national tragedy, the Pulse nightclub mass shooting, and claiming to be a friend of the LGBTQ community.
‘While Donald Trump chose as his running mate a governor who tried to divert HIV funding to finance his abusive practice of “conversion therapy,”‘ Griffin said, referencing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, whose state saw an HIV outbreak last spring.
‘Hillary Clinton is committed to stopping the spread of HIV, banning conversion therapy for minors and ending the hate and violence our community still faces.’
‘And long before Donald Trump struggled to read the letters “LGBTQ” off a teleprompter, Hillary Clinton stood before the United Nations and boldly declared that gay rights are human rights,’ Griffin said.
Griffin also reminded Trump of the LGBTQ community’s diversity.
‘We are Muslim. We are Jewish. We are women. We are black, white, and Latino. We are immigrants and we are people with disabilities,’ he said. ‘And when you attack one of us, you are attacking all of us.’
‘And that’s why together, we are all with her,’ he said.
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