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Fearlessly True to Herself

Sarah McBride knows how important it is to be true to your authentic self.

At age 25, McBride has already served as a White House intern, a field organizer for Gov. Jack Markell (D-DE), and field director for Beau Biden’s reelection campaign for Delaware attorney general. These roles came after four years at American University in Washington, D.C., where she earned her bachelor’s degree and served as student body president. Her résumé summarizes why she is a self-proclaimed political nerd, but that’s only one aspect of her identity, an identity that for much of her life presented an inner struggle.

“For my entire life, I’ve wrestled with my gender identity,” wrote McBride in a 2012 op-ed for her school’s student newspaper in which she came out as transgender. “At an early age, I also developed my love of politics,” she wrote. “I wrestled with the idea that my dream and my identity seemed mutually exclusive; I had to pick. So I picked what I thought was easier and wouldn’t disappoint people.”

That fear of disappointing people led her to keep a part of herself secret for 21 years, until that day when she decided to present her true self in the school newspaper. Now, with an enormous weight lifted off her shoulders, she has focused her experiences and energy on being an advocate for the LGBT community.

As a member of the LGBT rights organization Equality Delaware’s board of directors, McBride served as the lead spokesperson in the board’s successful efforts to add gender identity and expression to the state’s nondiscrimination and hate crime laws during the 2013 legislative session. She was also the first openly transgender woman to intern at the White House.

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Women of Distinction

Name: Sarah McBride

Occupation: Campaigns and Communications Manager for the LGBT Research and Communications Project, Center for American Progress

Education: Bachelor of Arts, American University

Website: www.americanprogress.org/about

Twitter: @SarahEMcBride

Today, McBride serves as the campaigns and communications manager for the LGBT Research and Communications Project at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.


By:    March 01, 2016