Gay Atlanta celebrates equality with HRC gala

The HRC Atlanta Gala Dinner & Auction turned 30 on Saturday, celebrating with a sold-out crowd dressed in their formal best and honoring local heroes.

Some 1,300 people took part in an evening that included a silent auction, cocktails and entertainment during the hours-long gala at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. Several current and former elected officials, along with candidates stumping for support, were on hand, including Democratic wunderkind Jon Ossoff.

For its part, HRC called the event "such a success."

Wow what a night! Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers and guests to making last night's #HRCATLGALA such a success. Thank you for your support and being proof that together we stand and united we win!

HRC Atlanta also dished out the honors on Saturday, giving the Pansy Patrol with the Dan Bradley Humanitarian Award. The organization also honored Emmy Award winner and "Scandal" actor Dan Bucatinsky with its Visibility Award and Latino LinQ with the Leon Allen & Winston Johnson Community Leadership Award.

The 2016 dinner included Mayor Kasim Reed and HRC President Chad Griffin. A year before that Jill Biden, the wife of then Vice President Joe Biden, warned attendees there was more work to be done in the fight for equality.