The Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
announced Sunday that Sarah McBride will speak Thursday at the
Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, making her the
first openly transgender person to speak at a major party convention.
McBride, the group's national press
secretary, will address DNC delegates on Thursday.
HRC President Chad Griffin, who will
also speak at the DNC, applauded the news.
“Hillary Clinton won’t be the only
woman to make history this Thursday,” Griffin said. “When Sarah
McBride takes the stage, she will become the first transgender person
to speak at a national Democratic or Republican convention. Sarah’s
inclusion in Thursday’s program is a significant milestone for our
community, and it sends a strong message that transgender people and
their voices matter. I'm also honored to address a national
convention where LGBTQ advocates will play such an integral and
historic role. Next week’s Democratic National Convention will
underscore the stark contrast between Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine’s
vision for a more equal America and Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s
agenda of hate and division.”
McBride also serves on HRC's steering
committee Trans United for Hillary.
“I am honored for this opportunity to
share my story and to be the first transgender person to speak at a
major party convention,” McBride said. “People must understand
that even as we face daily harassment, tragic violence, and an
onslaught of anti-LGBTQ political attacks across the country, we are
real people merely seeking to be treated with the dignity and respect
every person deserves. I'm so proud to stand with the LGBT Caucus and
speak out in support of Hillary Clinton, because we know she stands