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Democratic Convention Will Include An Openly Transgender Speaker For First Time

Sarah McBride is the National Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign's Foundation.

A list of celebrities that will speak at this week’s Democratic National Convention was announced over the weekend, but it’s the addition of the convention’s first out transgender speaker that will truly make history.

Sarah McBride is the National Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign’s Foundation, and she will join the organization’s president, Chad Griffin, in speaking on the final day of the week-long event.

McBride is a volunteer for the committee Trans United for Hillary, a political group throwing their support behind the Democratic presumptive nominee.

“People must understand that even as we face daily harassment, tragic violence and an onslaught of anti-LGBTQ political attacks across the country, we are real people merely seeking to be treated with the dignity and respect every person deserves,” McBride said. “I’m so proud to stand with the LGBT Caucus and speak out in support of Hillary Clinton, because we know she stands with us.”

Griffin also released a statement, stressing the importance of McBride’s involvement.

“Sarah’s inclusion in Thursday’s program is a significant milestone for our community, and it sends a strong message that transgender people and their voices matter,” he said.

McBride and Griffin are scheduled to speak on July 28, the closing day of the Democratic National Convention.

h/t: Gay Star News

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