Thursday, July 28, 2016

History was made today.

History was made today: the first out* transgender person spoke at a national political convention: Sarah McBride, a Delawarean, president of the student body while at American University, and former White House staffer who now works for the Human Rights Campaign. Her speech was eloquent and moving. (I can't wait to donate to her first political campaign.)
I also found out today that Hillary Clinton, in her role as Secretary of State, was the one to approve that a transgender person can get a passport that matches their gender identity. You might not know how important this is. In so many states in this country, it's impossible for the transgender community to get a simple driver's license that supports who they really are -- and doesn't dangerously out them. The passport is sometimes the only identification that supports their actual identity and allows them to travel the world without enormous fear.
*Note: I wrote out because trans people have always existed and so it's likely a transgender person has spoken at one of the conventions before. This is historic because Sarah McBride is being treated with dignity and respect -- she doesn't have to hide. As Attorney General Loretta Lynch put it, "we see you; we stand with you; and we will do everything we can to protect you going forward. Please know that history is on your side." Today was that history in action.