Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams graced this year’s Pride Parade yesterday afternoon.
The Democrat rode through the streets of Atlanta atop a white Jeep, framed by rainbow balloons, while waving a rainbow flag.
Her appearance was preceded by hundreds of marchers, armed with rainbow flags and blue signs brandishing the candidate’s name. The crowd chanted, “Stacey! Stacey! Stacey!” while supportive onlookers joined in.
“We’re here because we stand together, because we know that allies do not run from fights,” she told the crowd. “And because we know we all have pride in Georgia. We stand with you and not against you.”
Abrams’ appearance in the parade was historic, as she became the first major-party nominee for governorship to march in the biggest Pride parade in the southeast, according to the AJC.
Abrams appeared in last year’s parade, along with her rival for the Democratic nomination, former state Rep. Stacey Evans.
The candidate has expressed her opposition to the so-called “religious freedom” law that many advocates have said is anti-LGBTQ. Her opponent, Republican Brian Kemp, has said he would support this law if elected.
If victorious, Abrams will become the first black woman elected as governor in the U.S.
Registered Georgia voters can vote for governor on November 6.