Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams is already making history: She is now the first nominee of a major party for the Georgia governorship to appear at the Atlanta Pride Parade.
Abrams, if elected, would be the first Black woman to serve as governor in the United States.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the nominee sat on top of a white Jeep in the Atlanta Pride Parade, which took place on Sunday and is one of the biggest Pride parades in the country. She was there not only to support the LGBTQ community but also to drum up support for her race against Republican Brian Kemp. (Kemp currently serves as the Georgia Secretary of State.) She attended the parade last year as a candidate, but this year she did so as the nominee. Pride revelers chanted her name as she rode past.
One of Abrams’s campaign promises is that she would oppose the so-called “religious liberty” bills that basically grant a license to discriminate by allowing businesses to deny services to LGBTQ people. Kemp, on the other hand, advocates for a rollback to laws that were in place 25 years ago.
Kemp is being sued by a coalition of civil rights groups for holding back 53,000 voter registrations in Georgia. Voter suppression efforts are a serious threat to our democracy nationwide, but states with high populations of people of color are absolutely under siege. The Abrams campaign is calling for Kemp’s resignation.
Abrams has been endorsed by numerous elected officials, both past and present, including President Jimmy Carter, Governor Roy Barnes, and U.S. Congressman John Lewis. She has also been endorsed by LGBTQ organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign.
Muriel Bowser, who is running for re-election as mayor of Washington D.C., recently tweeted a message of support for Abrams:
“Spread the word to friends in Georgia and ask them to vote for @staceyabrams for Governor! Early voting starts on Monday, October 15.”
It doesn’t matter if you don’t live there. You can do something to fight for LGBTQ equality in Georgia, defend against voter suppression, and help Stacey Abrams make history yet again. To find out more about Abrams and contribute to her campaign, visit her official website.