The Democratic National Convention is breaking boundaries this week not just with the party’s nominee, but also the representation of transgender people and their rights.
While Democrats anticipate Hillary Clinton to be the party’s first female presidential nominee, the convention will also host another first for both parties—the first transgender speaker at any national convention. Sarah McBride, national press secretary for the Human Rights Campaign, will address the convention Thursday.
“I’m honored for this opportunity to share my story and to be the first transgender person to speak at a major party convention,” McBride said in a statement. “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.”
Logo has also reported that 27 Democratic delegates attending the convention are openly transgender—up from 14 in 2012.
The Republican convention last week struggled to approach LGBT issues, despite marquee names like Caitlyn Jenner and Peter Thiel coming out in support of the party. However, the party platform has been hailed as one of the most anti-LGBT of all time.