Transgender person elected to US state senate for first time ever

Transgender person elected to US state senate for first time ever

A TRANSGENDER politician has been elected to a state senate in the US for the very first time in history.

Democrat Sarah McBride secured her place in the Delaware senate following Tuesday's election, making her the first transgender person to hold office in upper chamber of any state in the country.

Following her victory, she wrote on Twitter: "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.

"As Delaware continues to face the Covid crisis, it's time to get to work to invest in the policies that will make a difference for working families."

While a number of transgender people have held legislative positions in the US before, Sarah is the first to reach the state senate.

It isn't the first time Ms McBride has made history however. While in college at American University, she interned for the Obama administration, becoming the first openly transgender person to work in the White House in any capacity.

A long-standing campaigner for transgender rights, Sarah played a crucial role in the fight for LGBTQ+ discrimination protections in her state of Delaware and has lobbied for the Equality Act to extend protections nationwide.

For her efforts advancing equality in Delaware, former Governor Jack Markell awarded Sarah the Order of the First State, making her one of the youngest Delawareans granted the state’s highest civilian honour.