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Gabrielle Union took to Twitter to congratulate the nation’s first-ever transgender state senator.
Democratic candidate Sarah McBride, who identifies as transgender, scored a victory in Tuesday’s Delaware election with approximately 73% of the vote.
“Today’s #wcw is making history as the nation’s first-ever transgender state senator. Big congrats to Sarah McBride! Her overwhelming win was also historic as it made her Delaware’s first out LGBTQ person elected to the state’s legislature. More Down pointing backhand index @SarahEnni,” Union tweeted.
According to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, more than 1,000 LGBTQ+ people ran for elected seats in 2020, the most in U.S. history.
“LGBTQ Victory Fund is pleased to present you with our inaugural Out on the Trail report – which analyzes the diversity of the openly LGBTQ candidates who ran for office in 2020. More than 1,000 LGBTQ people ran this election cycle – the most in U.S. history – and we expect an unprecedented number to win on Election Day,” Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund said in a statement last month.
“This report will show that LGBTQ candidates are significantly more diverse than the overall candidate population, but that we have work to do to ensure LGBTQ candidates are as diverse as America. I hope you enjoy exploring the LGBTQ people who stepped up to run in 2020. You can see all of our active endorsed candidates at victoryfund.org/ourcandidates.”
“I am hopeful that tonight’s result can send a potentially lifesaving message to a young trans kid,” McBride told BuzzFeed News after her monumental win. “They can go to sleep knowing that their dreams and their truths are not mutually exclusive.”