The first time I was introduced to Sarah McBride was when she spoke at the Democratic National Convention. I already knew about transgender people since my daughter had a friend in high school who was transgender. She would come stay at our house and our daughter would go to her house for overnight stays. I never had an issue with the sleepovers. My husband only asked once if we should be worried and allow it. Once I explained why someone is transgender, he got it.
In Tomorrow Will Be Different, Sarah does a great job explaining what she went through all her life knowing deep down she was a girl in a boy’s body. She also does a great job explaining the struggles that transgender people go through just to have basic rights. There are a lot of misconceptions about the transgender. So many people and politicians have the idea that transgender people say they are the wrong sex so they can assault someone. That is so far from the truth. Transgender people just want to live their life as the person they always thought they should be.
Sarah talks about all the many people who have been fighting for years to change state and federal laws. She shows just how hard it is to change those laws. Then once a law has been changed, the fight continues because of another politician who circles back and tries to reverse the law almost immediately after it passes.
Two years ago, the nonprofit organization where I work, fought the Missouri Government against SJR39, a bathroom bill. Luckily it was defeated at the committee level but now there is yet another bill on the docket. Once again, our office is taking up the fight.
Before I met my daughter’s friend, I didn’t know what transgender meant. I thought it was the same as transvestite. Which even though different, neither one is a danger to society. It saddens me to see how transgender people are treated and misunderstood. Just because someone is different from us doesn’t mean it is evil or wrong.
The way I explain transgender to people quickly is a soul was put in a body by mistake. I know Sarah has opened my eyes further in the transgender world and I think if people aren’t sure what it’s like for someone to struggle to live their authentic self, they need to read Sarah’s book. My heart breaks for transgender people and how they are being treated out in the world. They just want to live their lives to the fullest and feel safe. I’m so glad I read Tomorrow Will Be Different and I thank Sarah for being brave enough to share her story.
A captivating memoir that will change the way we look at identity and equality in this country
Before she became the first transgender person to speak at a national political convention in 2016 at the age of twenty-six, Sarah McBride struggled with the decision to come out—not just to her family but to the students of American University, where she was serving as student body president. She’d known she was a girl from her earliest memories, but it wasn’t until the Facebook post announcing her truth went viral that she realized just how much impact her story could have on the country.
Four years later, McBride was one of the nation’s most prominent transgender activists, walking the halls of the White House, advocating inclusive legislation, and addressing the country in the midst of a heated presidential election. She had also found her first love and future husband, Andy, a trans man and fellow activist, who complemented her in every way . . . until cancer tragically intervened.
Informative, heartbreaking, and profoundly empowering, Tomorrow Will Be Different is McBride’s story of love and loss and a powerful entry point into the LGBTQ community’s battle for equal rights and what it means to be openly transgender. From issues like bathroom access to health care to gender in America, McBride weaves the important political and cultural milestones into a personal journey that will open hearts and change minds.
As McBride urges: “We must never be a country that says there’s only one way to love, only one way to look, and only one way to live.”
The fight for equality and freedom has only just begun.
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