Her win Tuesday also makes her Delaware’s first out LGBTQ person elected to the state’s legislature.
“I hope tonight shows an LGBTQ kid that our democracy is big enough for them, too,” McBride tweeted Tuesday night. “As Delaware continues to face the Covid crisis, it’s time to get to work to invest in the policies that will make a difference for working families.”
“I wish McBride well and hope she does a great job in office. We need to come together as a country,” Washington, a special education teacher, told CNN on Wednesday.
In 2013, she advocated for the passage of Delaware’s gender identity non-discrimination act, which was signed into law that year.
McBride ran on expanding access to health care and paid leave, increasing Delaware’s minimum wage, and reforming the criminal justice system.
Alphonso David, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, said McBride “made history not just for herself but for our entire community.”
The head of a political action committee that aims to elect LGBTQ people to public office touted McBride’s victory and said it will “inspire more trans people to follow in her footsteps and run for public office.”