Category: LGBT Leaders Sound Off

Transgender Pennsylvanians expect great things from Sarah McBride


Sarah McBride. Photo: Philadelphia Gay News Archives

When Delaware native Sarah McBride was a senior at American University, a friend introduced her to another woman who found her way to Washington from the Northeast.

“Her friend hoped I could give her advice on coming out as a public person,” said Mara Keisling, who moved from Pennsylvania to direct the National Center for Transgender Equality.

By 2013, when McBride was student body president, she had already worked on campaigns for Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Attorney General Beau Biden. Continue reading “Transgender Pennsylvanians expect great things from Sarah McBride”

Out Indiana mayor warns of danger with Pence on GOP ticket


Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Ind., addresses the Pennsylvania delegation breakfast July 26. Photo: Paige Cooperstein, Philadelphia Gay News

Most Americans are not aware of how extreme Mike Pence is, the openly gay mayor of a university town in Indiana told PGN.

“We’re talking about probably the most extreme ideological pick in my lifetime,” said Pete Buttigieg, the 34-year-old rising star in the Democratic Party. “While he’s a very nice guy, there would be very serious consequences to having him as vice president, especially in a presidency like what Donald Trump has in mind.” Continue reading “Out Indiana mayor warns of danger with Pence on GOP ticket”