LGBTQ Georgians surrounded Stacey Abrams in Atlanta as the former Democratic candidate for governor delivered a nationally televised response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.
Abrams sharply criticized Trump on many fronts, including his record on LGBTQ issues.
“We affirmed marriage equality, and yet, the LGBTQ community remains under attack,” she said Tuesday night.
"So even as I am very disappointed by the president’s approach to our problems, I still don’t want him to fail. But we need him to tell the truth, and to respect his duties and the extraordinary diversity that defines America," she added.
Abrams made the comments during a 10-minute speech from the IBEW Local 613 union hall in downtown Atlanta.
She was surrounded by a diverse group of supporters, including gay attorney and former police officer Dennis Collard, and gay civic activist Angel Poventud. Collard also appeared in a TV ad for Abrams last year during her unsuccessful bid for Georgia governor against Brian Kemp.
Abrams’ voting rights group Fair Fight Action hosted a number of watch parties across the country, including one attended by queer State Rep. Park Cannon at Noni’s in Old Fourth Ward.
Abrams is a fervent opponent of anti-LGBTQ “religious freedom” bills, a position she reiterated in multiple, extensive interviews with Project Q during the campaign.
She ran a diverse campaign as well, with a staff of some 40 people, a third of whom were LGBTQ.
Abrams said she will decide by March whether she’s running against David Perdue for U.S. Senate in 2020 or going for a rematch against Kemp in 2022.
Watch her speech below.