Wendy Davis Won't Attend Texas LGBT Pride Celebrations
Campaign staffers will represent Davis at LGBT pride events this weekend instead.
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor and a vocal supporter of LGBT rights, doesn't plan on attending upcoming LGBT pride celebrations, her campaign told BuzzFeed News.
Lone Star Q first reported on Monday that Davis' campaign had been mum on whether the candidate would make her first appearance at a pride event this weekend, or later at another event in October.
When pressed on the matter Thursday, Davis campaign communications director Zac Petkanas issued a statement boasting about the candidate's track record on LGBT equality, but said Davis would not be attending or participating in the pride events.
"While Senator Davis unfortunately cannot participate herself in this year's parades, her campaign staff is very proud to be representing her in the Pride events throughout the weekend," Petkanas said. "Senator Davis is a long-standing supporter and ally of the LGBT community. From co-authoring a nondiscrimination work ordinance while on the Fort Worth City Council that was later used as a blue print for all nondiscrimination ordinances across Texas to supporting same-sex marriage, Wendy Davis will be a governor who fights for all hardworking Texans regardless of who they are and who they love."
Austin's annual pride celebration will take place this Saturday, and Dallas will hold its own pride on Sept. 21. Fort Worth's pride parade will take place Oct. 4.
The Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBT rights group, endorsed Davis for Texas governor in January.
In 2010, then democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White marched in the Dallas pride parade, according to WFAA.