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Georgia’s First LGBTQ State Senator Shares Her Story

Jun 22, 2021

Jackson shares her inspiring journey of working as a priest and elected official.

In January of 2021, The Rev. Kim Jackson made history when she became the first LGBTQ state senator in Georgia. Senator Jackson is seeking to combat homophobic and anti-gay legislation by providing LGBTQ representation. Before Jackson started making an impact under the gold dome of the Georgia Capitol, she did it in the house of God as an Episcopal Priest. In 2010, she became the first openly LGBTQ black priest in The Diocese of Atlanta. The Rev. Jackson currently serves as Vicar at the Church of the Common Ground.

“She’s got a big heart and a lot of passion for people on the margins… She’s got a fire on Sunday and she’s got a fire on Monday under the gold dome,” said Bishop Wright when discussing Jackson’s leadership.

Jackson has already proven to be an effective legislator, passing a bill to protect victims of stalking that was signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp.

Jackson hopes to inspire more leaders of positive change to run for office.

As the state’s first LGBT state senator, Jackson has become a hope bearer for representation in politics and symbolizes a positive change for Georgia. She sees her election as proof of that change, she added “While I may be the first, I won’t be the last.”

As an elected official, Senator Jackson is working for legislation to help families, provide safety for women, and protect voter’s rights. wrote an article on Senator Jackson in which they dig into these topics and more.
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