Rating: 4 / 5
Sarah McBride’s Tomorrow Will Be Different is a moving and empowering memoir about the power of passionate individuals, the fight for trans and LGTBQ+ equality, and McBride’s journey to coming out, finding love, and solidifying her purpose in the world.
Sarah came out publicly as transgender at the end of her term as student body president at American University. Her Facebook post went viral, but her name was already well-known for the political work she’d been doing for years in her home state of Delaware.
Even before she graduated college, Sarah dove head-first into the world of politics in Washington D.C. Her internship at the White House was pivotal – not only was she the only transgender person working there, but her work also focused primarily on the betterment and equality of the LGBTQ+ community.
In her mid-twenties, Sarah’s list of accomplishments exceed those of even her most ambitious colleagues. And while her professional and political career are exceptional, her story of love – both self and otherwise-, loss, and hope for the future are even more moving. This memoir tells the story of the first half of Sarah’s life, during which she finally starts to live as her true self and fights passionately so that others may freely do the same.
Please take caution while reading Tomorrow Will Be Different if any of the following topics may trigger you:
- Thoughts of suicide
- Death or dying
Tomorrow Will Be Different is a deeply affecting and awe-inspiring memoir. McBride is unbelievably accomplished for her age, and the amount of life she’s lived and pain she’s endured in those relatively few years is astonishing. Her story gives voice to the transgender community and lifts up the rights and equality of the LGBTQ+ community as a whole.
I recently read Sissy: A Coming of Gender Story by Jacob Tobia, which is also a memoir by a trans person. Reading these close together was so eye-opening because they’re so different. Both are incredibly moving and politically mobilizing, but McBride is less liberal with the more personal aspects of her transition, sexuality, and relationships. *I’m not suggesting one is more right than another, just that they are different. This distinction is important because so many people want the trans and larger LGBTQ+ community to provide dramatic, traumatic stories of their coming out in order for their journeys to be valid. McBride reminds us that she owes us nothing, and that she and her story are valid with no exceptions or requirements.
While this is not a tell-all of Sarah’s life, Tomorrow Will Be Different covers her vulnerabilities about transitioning and her heart-breaking young love. Sarah initially believed that coming out as trans would be a death wish – goodbye to her political career, goodbye to a “normal” relationship. She soon found that this was not the case, and she was very lucky – luckier than most trans people – to have support from her family, friends, and community. She also promptly found a boyfriend, Andy, who developed and ultimately died from cancer.
If you’re into behind-the-scenes of policymaking, educating yourself on social equity, and hearing a unique perspective of the LGBTQ+ community, I think you’ll get a lot out of this fascinating and moving memoir.
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