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Trans Activist Sarah McBride to Make History at DNC

McBride told NBC News she will address legislation to secure LGBTQ rights and the transgender rights debate when she speaks Thursday evening

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    Activist Sarah McBride speaks onstage during the Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala 2015 on March 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. McBride will address the Democratic National Convention Thursday as the first openly trans woman to address a major party convention.

    Sarah McBride will make history Thursday night when she takes center stage in Philadelphia as the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention, NBC News reported. 

    In a phone interview with NBC News, the 25-year-old said she plans to address legislation needed to secure the rights of the LGBTQ community and the transgender rights debate during her speech at the Democratic National Convention. 

    "I really want to use this moment to reinforce and underscore that behind this debate on trans equality, there are real people who are seeking dignity and fairness throughout their lives, people who hurt when we are ridiculed and mocked and discriminated against, people who are facing violence," McBride said. "I want to make sure that people realize the humanity behind the conversation."

    McBride currently works as the national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign and also interned at the White House Office of Public Engagement in 2012 as the first out trans woman. 

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