America has just elected its first trans state senator

Cyan Turan
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Photo credit: Slaven Vlasic - Getty Images
Photo credit: Slaven Vlasic - Getty Images

From Cosmopolitan

The results of the US Election are still playing out, with neither sitting President Donald Trump nor his challenger Joe Biden securing enough votes to win the presidency - yet.

But whatever happens in the national race, one piece of good news has been confirmed: American has elected its first transgender state senator, Sarah McBride.

McBride, 30, is a Democrat - the party led by Joe Biden - and was running for a state senate seat in Delaware, Biden's home state.

After her win was confirmed in the early hours of this morning, Sarah McBride tweeted to thank those who supported her.

"We did it. We won the general election. Thank you, thank you, thank you," McBride said. She followed up with a message of hope: "I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too."

When she is 'sworn in' in January 2021, she'll become the highest ranking transgender official in the USA.

McBride has said her key issues will be expanding access to affordable healthcare, as well as advancing paid family and medical leave. When she announced that she'd be running for the state senate seat in July last year, McBride said in a statement: “I’ve spent my life fighting for people to have dignity, peace of mind, and a fair shot at staying afloat and getting ahead.”

McBride isn't America's first transgender elected official, however - Danica Roem became the US’s first trans politician when she won a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates three years ago.

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