Transgender AU senior turns personal experience into political action

At 22, Sarah McBride’s resume shows a passion for public service. Former president of American University’s student government. Intern with the White House Office of Public Engagement. Aide to Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D), the Washington Post reports. Behind her narrative of aspiring politician aiming to fix the world, her resume doesn’t reflect the personal struggle she has faced her entire life. A year ago, McBride revealed that she had been living with a deep secret for 21 years. At the time, her name was Tim. In April 2012, on the last day of serving as the latest of AU’s many white, heterosexual male student body presidents, McBride revealed her inner struggle — she’s transgender.

“Gender identity shouldn’t matter and doesn’t matter in my capacity as an employee, as a leader, as a person,” McBride said. “You can be true to yourself and still do what you want to do with your life . . . [T]hey don’t have to be mutually exclusive.”

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