Georgia Equality has endorsed former Atlanta City Councilwoman Cathy Woolard in this year’s Atlanta mayor’s race.

“Woolard has spent much of her life leading the fight for LGBT equality around the country and in Georgia, going back to the 1980s,” said Jeff Graham, executive director of the LGBT advocacy organization. “The progress we enjoy today really rests on the shoulders of champions like Cathy. LGBT people would not have civil rights protections in Atlanta if it weren’t for her.”

The organization made the announcement on Tuesday.

Woolard is one of several candidates seeking to succeed incumbent Kasim Reed, who cannot run for reelection.

In a recent 11Alive poll, Woolard placed seventh with 6 percent of the vote, just ahead of Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves’ 4 percent.

Woolard also has raised the fifth most money among the announced candidates, as indicated from the most recent filings. Woolard raised $159,602 this past quarter; $835,121 overall; and has $379,296 in cash on hand.

“As a lesbian, the fight for fairness and equality is personal, and I will continue to advocate for the rights of every marginalized person,” Woolard said. "I'm not someone who just shows up when it's easy or to take a pretty picture. As mayor, I will use my position to push for full civil rights at the state, regional, and national level."

But the organization also stressed that it has "previously endorsed and worked with most of the serious candidates in this race.

"We cannot understate the good work many of them have done on behalf of Atlanta’s LGBT community and we look forward to working with them as they continue their public careers."