Gay minister Josh Noblitt kicked off his campaign for the Georgia House on June 25 flanked by LGBT and progressive supporters and volunteers at a restaurant and bar in a diverse Atlanta district.

Noblitt, a 37-year-old Democrat, announced in May that he's running for the District 59 seat, which includes an eclectic swath of Atlanta, including Poncey-Highland, Little Five Points, Inman Park, Reynoldstown, Grant Park, Lakewood Heights and East Point. State Rep. Margaret Kaiser, the gay-friendly incumbent, says she won't seek re-election in 2016 and instead will run for mayor in 2017. 

Noblitt hosted his campaign kickoff at Augustine's on Memorial Drive. 

"I have been involved in the community for a long time, in this particular south Atlanta neighborhood for 10 years," Noblitt said in May when he announced the campaign. "I have a good appreciation for the issues folks in this area face, having lived here myself, and I want to take those conversations and issues to the state level."