At a black-tie gala, on Saturday, October 31, the city of Atlanta honored the Gentleman’s foundation for their outstanding service in the LGBT community and saluted them on their fourth annual Gentleman’s Ball.
Held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquise, the event was accented with a masquerade motif and hosted by television personalities Karamo Brown and Cynthia Bailey. Actor Julian Walker also served as a featured presenter.
Other honorees included Nevada’s District 4 Senator Calvin Atkinson for the Gentleman of the Year; director & screen writer Patrick-Ian Polk for Gentleman of Excellence; Congressman John Lewis for Gentlemen of Alliance; 135th Street Agency publicist Vaughn Alvarez for Gentlemen of Promise; Mark Angel for Gentlemen of Artistry; and founder & CEO of 4US Sports Dedrick Tillerson for Gentlemen of Service.
Guest indulged on a 4 course dinner with wine pairings as well as an exclusive live performance from Atlanta’s very own Algebra Blessett, who performed her hit single “Nobody But You” and other sultry soul soul classics.
The evening culminated with a passionate speech by the Founders Juan & Gee Session-Smalls. They founded the Gentlemen’s Foundation in 2014 with the intentions of eradicating the ‘gay stigma’ perpetuated by social norms and decreasing the prevalence of depression and suicide among black and other minority LGBTQ youth. “This movement is about loving yourself and your truth; about standing together stronger as a community,” says Gee. “It’s about excepting ourselves for who we are so others can have the opportunity to embrace us as well.”