HRC’s Sarah McBride addresses the 2016 Democratic National Convention

HRC’s Sarah McBride addresses the 2016 Democratic National Convention

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[Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney]: I want
to introduce Sarah McBride. Sarah McBride is a courageous young leader,
and she is right now, the first trans person ever to address a national convention. Sarah — (cheering) — It’s about time! Sarah, it is an honor to make history with
you, because we are stronger together. [Sarah McBride]: Thank you so much, congressman. My name is Sarah McBride, and I am a proud
transgender American. Four years ago, 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. Since then, I have seen that change is possible. I 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 work of the
LGBT Caucus and in my own job at the Human Rights Campaign. But despite our progress, so much work remains. Will we be a nation where there’s only one
way to love, only one way to look, and only one way to live? Or will we be a nation where everyone has
the freedom to live openly and equally? A nation that’s stronger together? That is the question in this election. For me, this struggle for equality became
all the more urgent when I learned that my future husband, Andrew, was battling cancer. I met Andy, who was a transgender man, fighting
for equality and we fell in love. And yet even in the face of his terminal illness
… this 28 year old … he never wavered in his commitment to our cause and his belief
that this country can change. Andy and I married in 2014 and just four days
after our wedding, he passed away. Knowing Andy left me profoundly changed. But more than anything, his passing taught
me that every day matters when it comes to building a world where every person can live
their life to the fullest. Hillary Clinton understands the urgency of
our fight. She’ll 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. Today in America, LGBTQ people are still targeted
by hate that lives in both laws and hearts. Many still struggle just to get by. But I believe that 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 stand here
and say that I’m with her. Thank you all very much!

25 thoughts on “HRC’s Sarah McBride addresses the 2016 Democratic National Convention

  1. I'm proud to live in the times I live in. I don't like the hateful comments left here, but I recognize a bright side to them: they're the death throes of a bigotry that will one day be as ostracized as racism.

  2. Real issues that affect real people. This is why we have to vote Democrat! I refuse to buy into the fear mongering of the RNC.

  3. I'm glad for Sarah that she's found herself. But she has to know, a clinton presidency will affect her as it will all of us. She's lied and cheated her way to that top, and that is not good for the any of us. demorats use people, minories are their specialty. Just look how black people are caught is the welfare trap. Afraid to leave, as they have not the confidence to succeed on their own.

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