The most historic election in American history is underway this week, and if you have a pulse, you are probably locked in. While we don’t yet know the fate of our country, we are still counting our wins. On this year’s election day, history was made. Sarah McBride, a long-time Democratic activist, has been elected the nation’s first transgender senator in Delaware.
McBride, 30, has served as press secretary of the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ organization. “I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too,” McBride tweeted upon winning her election. While this may seem like a small step, she did just that. This election will show LGBTQ people everywhere that there is no goal out of reach regardless of how you identify. This has instilled hope in those who feel underrepresented that there is someone on their team, someone to speak for them.
In true 2020 fashion, McBride is not the only candidate who made election history last night. In Oklahoma, Mauree Turner became the first non-binary candidate to secure a seat in the state legislature. Kansas elected Stephanie Byers, the first trans person of color ever to be elected into the state legislature. In New York, both Mondaire Jones and Ritchie Torres won their seats, making them the first-ever openly black LGBTQ people to be elected into Congress.
Although this election is not yet determined, it’s important to revel in these wins for the LGBTQ community. No matter what happens, these government officials have been elected into positions where they will have the power to continue to enact these important changes in our country. They have shattered long perpetuated stereotypes and have given a newfound hope to those in the LGBTQ community.