The WGN-TV photo is from the Chicago Gay Pride Parade.)

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate and Former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams will march in this weekend’s Atlanta Pride Parade, where she will celebrate the contributions and resilience of the LGBTQ community. Abrams is the first gubernatorial nominee in Georgia’s history to march in the Atlanta Pride Parade.

Leader Abrams released the following statement about the Pride Week celebrations in a press release sent Wednesday:

Pride is a time to celebrate the diversity and strength of our LGBTQ community, and I am honored to be a part of the celebration,” said Leader Abrams. “I am the only candidate in this race with a record of working to protect Georgia’s LGBTQ community from discrimination. As Minority Leader, I opposed bills that sought to legalize discrimination and I will do the same as Governor. I will also expand Medicaid in Georgia to address the HIV epidemic that is sweeping our state and impacting many in the LGBTQ community—particularly men of color.”

Stacey Abrams is the only candidate with a proven track record of fighting on behalf of Georgia’s LGBTQ community. In 2006, while running for the Georgia House of Representatives, Abrams voiced her support for marriage equality. Abrams also fought RFRA from its inception due to her belief that we should not condone using our laws and using faith as a justification for bigotry. Abrams’ support of the LGBTQ community has earned her endorsements from Human Rights CampaignGeorgia Equality, and Georgia Stonewall Democrats.

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