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LGBTQ+ Folks Praise Stacey Abrams's Work Against Voter Suppression

Stacey Abrams

The former gubernatorial candidate is being heralded for leading the charge to turn Georgia blue. 

Georgia has not gone blue in a presidential election since 1992, but the tide began to turn Thursday night with Joe Biden edging out Donald Trump for a lead in the state. And so much of the credit for that lead is going to Stacey Abrams, whose long fight against voter suppression and mobilizing to register new voters were key in the state's shift toward blue.

A Democrat, Abrams famously called out voter suppression when she ran in 2018 against Republican Brian Kemp to become the governor of Georgia. The win would have made Abrams the country's first Black woman governor, but her opponent had the advantage since he was at that time the secretary of state there and thus in charge of counting the votes.

The new documentary All In: The Fight for Democracy chronicles Abrams's journey, including how she was barred from voting in her own election because when she arrived at the polls, she was told she had already voted.

"In all seriousness, Stacey Abrams did an incredible thing in GA and across the country," author Roxane Gay tweeted. "After losing her election due in large part to voter suppression, she continued to organize and work to ensure voting rights to the most disenfranchised people."

Once the minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, Abrams has has long worked to battle voter suppression and ensure that every vote counts, especially those of the Black community that have for so long been suppressed. With Democratic presidential nominee Biden pulling ahead in the state, Abrams is garnering overdue recognition for her work.

Here's a round-up of LGBTQ+ folks thanking Abrams.

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.