Trans campaigner will address Democratic Convention in historic first

A transgender campaigner is set to address the Democratic National Convention this week – thought to be the first time an openly trans person has been invited to do so.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s National Press Secretary Sarah McBride will address the DNC on Thursday, as the party meets to approve Hillary Clinton’s Presidential nomination.

According to HRC, it is the first time in history an openly transgender person will speak at a major party convention.

Ms McBride said: “I’m honored for this opportunity to share my story and to be the first transgender person to speak at a major party convention

“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.

“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.”

McBride, who sits on the steering committee of the Trans United for Hillary campaign, was invited to speak on the main stage of the convention by the Congressional LGBT Caucus.

Her speech will follow remarks by Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

HRC President Chad Griffin said: “Hillary Clinton won’t be the only woman to make history this Thursday. When Sarah McBride takes the stage, she will become the first transgender person to speak at a national Democratic or Republican convention.

“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.”

Mr Griffin will also address the convention himself on the same evening.

He said: “I’m also honored to address a national convention where LGBTQ advocates will play such an integral and historic role. “Next week’s Democratic National Convention will underscore the stark contrast between Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine’s vision for a more equal America and Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s agenda of hate and division.”

Caitlyn Jenner addressed a fringe event outside the Republican National Convention last week, pledging not to “give up” on the party despite its hardline anti-trans stances.