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Sarah McBride

LGBTQ activist and National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign

  • About Sarah McBride

    Sarah McBride is a progressive activist and currently the National Press Secretary at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. In 2016, Sarah made history when she became the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention.

    A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Sarah has been involved in politics and progressive advocacy for more than a decade. She co-founded a statewide high school young Democrats organization and worked for the campaigns of Governor Jack Markell (D-DE) and Attorney General Beau Biden (D-DE). During her sophomore year of college, Sarah was elected student body president at American University.

    Sarah first made national headlines when, at the end of her term as student body president, she came out publicly as transgender in the student newspaper. She went on to intern in the Obama White House, the first openly trans woman to do so, and, after graduating from college, helped lead the successful effort to pass gender identity nondiscrimination protections in Delaware.

    It was during her time at the White House that Sarah met Andrew Cray, a transgender man and fellow advocate. The two fell in love and began working together in the fight for LGBTQ equality. Andy was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2014, and just days after they married, he tragically passed away. Andy’s passing instilled in Sarah a firm belief in the urgency of political and social change.

    Now as a spokesperson for the nation’s largest LGBTQ advocacy organization, Sarah has become one of America’s most public voices in the fight for LGBTQ equality, culminating in her address before the nation during the 2016 presidential election. Her moving memoir, Tomorrow Will Be Different chronicles her journey as a transgender woman, from coming out to her family and school community, to fighting for equality in her home state and nationally, to her heartbreaking romance with her late husband.

    In July 2019, McBride announced her bid for the Delaware state senate, stating, “I’m running for state senate because I want us to more fully live up to our values as a state of neighbors for every single one of us.”

    From Delaware to North Carolina to Texas, Sarah is working to resist the politics of hate and to move equality forward.

  • Speaking Topics

    On the Front Lines of LGBTQ Equality

    As one of the most prominent advocacy voices fighting for LGBTQ equality, Sarah McBride is able to movingly and fluently discuss current events and the path forward. From unprecedented attacks on the state level to repeated attempts to undermine equality by the current federal administration, there has never been a more important time to speak out on LGBTQ rights in America. Sarah McBride is uniquely situated to talk about this pressing national debate.

    The Power of Young Voices in Politics

    As someone who began working in politics in high school, led a successful legislative effort just a month after graduating college, and stood on stage at the Democratic National Convention at the age of 25, Sarah McBride understands how young people can leverage their power to get involved in politics, lead movements, and make change. In this talk, McBride draws from her own personal experience to discuss the unique contributions young people offer in the political process, and empowers listeners to unite, enlist and persist.

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  • Praise for Sarah McBride

    Praise for Tomorrow Will Be Different

    A brave transgender woman experiences both triumph and tragedy in this memoir of transitioning and so much more… Throughout, the author ably balances great accomplishments and strong emotions. Reading McBride’s inspiring story will make it harder to ostracize or demonize others with similar stories to share.

    Kirkus Reviews (starred)

    Part autobiography, part advocacy, [Tomorrow Will Be Different] succeeds beautifully on both counts… Highly readable and beautifully written, [McBride’s] is an inarguably important book that deserves the widest possible readership.

    Booklist (starred)

    Sarah McBride, an inspiring political leader and one of the nation’s most visible and tireless advocates for equality, has already broken barriers and made history. Mixing tragic heartache with unending hope, Tomorrow Will Be Different promises to be a seminal book at a critical moment for both the LGBTQ community and our country.

    Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign

    Tomorrow Will Be Different is a book about falling in love, being true to yourself, and creating change. Sarah’s journey is as relatable as it is inspiring — a powerful, compelling story, beautifully told by a fearless activist who has only just begun to make her mark on the world.

    Cecile Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood

    Tomorrow Will Be Different is a life-changing book. With equal measures revolutionary fervor and down-to-earth kindness, Sarah McBride tells the story of coming out as trans and of the terrain, both personal and political, for transgender people and those who love us. Urgent, gentle, and fierce, Sarah McBride makes me believe that the future will not only be different, but glorious—not just for LGBTQ people, but for everyone.

    Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of Long Black Veil and She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders

    Sarah McBride’s powerful memoir, Tomorrow Will Be Different, is a brave and moving story that will inspire and galvanize readers to join the urgent fight for LGBTQ rights. The energy and vigor Sarah has brought to the fight for equality is ever present in this book and she starkly defines what is at stake, and how we can do better to advocate on behalf of all people.

    Senator Kamala Harris
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