Our keynote speaker for our Saturday dinner is Sarah McBride. We are unbelievably fortunate and very happy that Sarah is going to be joining us for our very first New York Coming Out conference. Sarah has been in the forefront of the fight for Transgender Rights and is currently the National Press Secretary at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. Sarah has the distinction of being the first transgender person to address a major party convention in 2016. As it continues in her bio on her personal website:
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Sarah has been involved in politics and progressive advocacy for more than a decade. She co-founded a statewide high school young Democrats organization and worked for the campaigns of Governor Jack Markell (D-DE) and Attorney General Beau Biden (D-DE). During her sophomore year of college, Sarah was elected student body president at American University.
Sarah first made national headlines when, at the end of her term as student body president, she came out publicly as transgender in the student newspaper. She went on to intern in the Obama White House, the first openly trans woman to do so, and, after graduating from college, helped lead the successful effort to pass gender identity nondiscrimination protections in Delaware.
It was during her time at the White House that Sarah met Andrew Cray, a transgender man and fellow advocate. The two fell in love and began working together in the fight for LGBTQ equality. Andy was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2014, and just days after they married, he tragically passed away. Andy’s passing instilled in Sarah a firm belief in the urgency of political and social change.
Her moving memoir, Tomorrow Will Be Different chronicles her journey as a transgender woman, from coming out to her family and school community, to fighting for equality in her home state and nationally, to her heartbreaking romance with her late husband. She has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Vogue, Rolling Stone, and The New Yorker, and she speaks regularly at national LGBTQ and political events.
Sarah and her story are inspiring and we cannot wait to see her at the conference. It certainly promises to be one of the major highlights.