“A brave, powerful memoir” (People) that will change the way we look at identity and equality in this country, from the activist running to become the first openly transgender state senator in U.S. history
“The energy and vigor Sarah has brought to the fight for equality is ever present in this book.”—Senator Kamala Harris, New York Times bestselling author of The Truths We Hold
Foreword by Joe Biden
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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About the Author
Sarah McBride is the national press secretary at the Human Rights Campaign, working tirelessly to advocate for LGBTQ equality. 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. A native of Delaware, McBride is on the front lines of the progressive movement.
Read an Excerpt
It’s rare to know in real time that what you are about to do will define the course of the rest of your life. But as I sat at my laptop in the small office I had been given as student body president at American University, I knew that my world was about to turn upside down. I was about to reveal my deepest secret and take a step that just a few months before would have seemed impossible and unimaginable.
Excerpted from "Tomorrow Will Be Different"
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Table of Contents
Foreword Joe Biden xiii
Introduction. This is the world we will help build 1
Chapter 1 "I'm transgender." 9
Chapter 2 "Hi, I'm Andy. … I think we'd get along pretty swimmingly." 32
Chapter 3 "Sarah." 52
Chapter 4 The People's House 61
Chapter 5 The political is personal 77
Chapter 6 "Please pass this bill." 97
Chapter 7 One step closer to justice 121
Chapter 8 "Will you still love me?" 141
Chapter 9 "It hasn't taken away my voice." 164
Chapter 10 "Amazing grace." 187
Chapter 11 Righteous anger 211
Chapter 12 There was that word again. "History." 228
Chapter 13 Our voices matter 254
Studies and Resources 268
Reading Group Guide
1. Sarah knew she was transgender at a very young age but struggled for years to accept her identity because she didn’t see herself represented in the media (unless a trans person was the butt of a mean joke on a sitcom). How have things changed since then? What factors do you feel have enabled this shift?
2. What was your experience reading Tomorrow Will Be Different? What surprised you most while reading the book and in what you learned?
3. Many people don’t know where to begin when they start learning about LGBTQ issues and are often overwhelmed with information. Did you feel this way before reading Tomorrow Will Be Different? Why or why not? Did your opinions change after reading the book? If so, how?
4. Which part of Sarah’s story were you most drawn to and why?
5. Sarah writes about the nearly universal desire to be seen. When were some times you felt unseen, unheard, or marginalized, and how did you go about handling those situations?
6. Sarah’s experiences are the main focus of her memoir, but she points out that trans issues are closely linked with many other issues. For example: Transwomen of color are more likely to experience violence, assault, and even homelessness. What other major issues can you think of that affect transgender people, whether in this book or in the world in general?
7. Throughout Sarah’s life, she has sought to bring about change. What do you think of her strategies for making progress? What do you think are the most effective ways to bring about change?
8. Did reading Sarah’s story inspire you to join the fight for equality? If so, how do you think you might get involved? (Hint: Visit HRC.org to learn more about how to fight the good fight!)