During Tuesday’s historic election, Delaware elected Sarah McBride to the state’s senate, which, according to NBC, makes McBride the first and only trans person to serve in a state senate anywhere in the country. This new position will also make McBride the highest-ranking trans politician in the country.
An ABC affiliate in Deleware quoted McBride as saying, “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.”
McBride herself also celebrated, taking to Twitter saying, “We did it. We won the general election. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
We did it. We won the general election.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
— Sarah McBride (@SarahEMcBride) November 4, 2020
The tweet has since been liked over 80,000 times.
McBride wasn’t the only historic win for diversity in this election. A few states over in New York, two new congressmen are set to become the first openly gay black men in America’s congress. Ritchie Torres won the seat in New York’s 15th District and Mondaire Jones won New York’s 17th District.
Torres was up against a longstanding homophobe (which we had previously covered) who had the seat. After winning, Torres stated, “Look, the triumph of an openly LGBTQ congressional candidate over a leading homophobic in state politics — that to me represents long-overdue poetic justice.”
Congrats to all of the new generation of LGBTQ lawmakers who are about to make history, change America, and inspire generations to come!