A year ago, Georgia Pride kicked off its 2017 season with a bang: a rainbow flag-raising ceremony, a Pride parade, and a parade-style event at the state capitol.
But there was no Pride parade in Georgia this year.
Georgia Pride has taken a step forward, with a new flag and new pride events that are celebrating the state’s diversity, and highlighting the impact LGBT+ communities have on Georgia.
“This is not a parade,” Georgia Pride Chairman Bill Dickson said.
“It’s an opportunity to honor our state and to celebrate our diverse people and our heritage.”
The first Pride event was held on April 11 in Augusta, and it featured a parade in which thousands of people flocked to the city for a “kiss and hug.”
Pride events are a chance to “talk and be heard,” Dickson explained.
“We are proud to be the first in the nation to offer a Pride event in Atlanta.”
Dickson is hopeful the pride event will take place in Georgia next year.
“The state has a great history of LGBT+ representation,” he said.
Dickson also told ABC News he’s looking forward to seeing what Pride can do with the new flag.
“Our flag has a lot of pride, and we want to continue that pride in the future,” he added.
Georgia pride flags can be seen hanging in the capitol, the governor’s mansion, the Georgia State Capitol, and in the state Capitol.
The flag has also been adopted by several states, including New York, Maryland, and Texas.
The new flag will be displayed in the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and Georgia secretary of State offices.
Georgia is not the first state to adopt a Pride flag, which has been used for LGBT pride events in other states including Florida, Texas, and North Carolina.
In 2010, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a report showing that Georgia Pride was the only other state in the country to have a Pride Flag in place.
In 2017, the city of Atlanta hosted its first Pride pride parade.
Denton and Georgia Pride have partnered with Georgia-based company Tandem Flagworks to produce flags that will be made available to the public in 2017.
The company said it will be displaying the new flags in Georgia’s capital.
“Georgia Pride is proud to offer Georgia Pride pride flags that are proudly displayed in public places, such as the Georgia Capitol and the State Capitol,” Tandem Founder and CEO David Miller said in a statement.
“As the largest city in the Southeast, Atlanta is a perfect place to have pride pride flags in place of our traditional flag.
We are thrilled that our new flags will be available for the public to purchase this year.”
ABC News’ Julie Mees contributed to this report.