State Senator Launches Bid for US Congress

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( – Delaware state Sen. Sarah McBride launched a bid for the US House on June 26. If she emerges victorious in 2024, she will become the first transgender person to be elected to Congress. As of now, she’s the first trans person to become a Senator in the US as well.

McBride, 32, was an activist turned politician who has been promoting the need for more diversity in the US Congress. She told Delaware Online that the need for diversity in the government helps ensure that the country’s democracy is healthy while also ensuring that the people are getting what they need.  In her announcement, she noted that she was completely aware of the “uniqueness” of her candidacy but that she was not just running to be a “trans member of Congress.” Rather, she’s running to represent Delaware and help ensure that Congress will be making progress on all of the state’s key issues.

Transgender policies, especially as they relate to minors, have been a key issue in recent months as many Republican states have passed legislation banning or restricting the availability of gender-affirming care for minors. This includes restricting gender transition services for minors because of the long-term health effects that they might have.

Transgender issues have also come to the forefront in sports, as some athletes have been pushing for transgender people to have to compete in sports teams based on their biological sex rather than the gender they identify as.

McBride’s bid is for Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., a seat that will be left vacant as Rochester will be running for Senate in the upcoming elections.

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