Hundreds of black gay men dressed in their formal best on Sunday to honor LGBT activists, celebrate their achievements and enjoy cocktails and conversation at the 3rd Annual Gentlemen's Ball.
The event from organizers Gee and Juan Session-Smalls, filled a ballroom at the Marriott in downtown Atlanta for an evening hosted by gay TV personality, model and "The Real World" Philadelphia" cast member Karamo Brown. The night also included performances by R&B veteran Rahsaan Patterson and gay Atlanta singer Phylle.
The ball attracted a long-list of boldface names, including designer Octavius Terry, "Dr. Oz" dance fitness guru Stepp Stewart and his boyfriend, Cynthia Bailey and Miss Lawrence from "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," fashion designer and reality TV personality Reco Chapple, and choreographer Victor Jackson, who appeared with RHOA cast member Kandi Burruss on her spin-off "Kandi Factory."
But it wasn't all cocktails and celebrities. The evening also included dishing out several awards, including Gentleman of Service to Lambda Legal's Holiday Simmons; Gentleman of Excellence to Carlos King, a Bravo producer behind "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"; Gentlemen of Promise to married LGBT activists Tre'Darrius and David Anderson; and Gentleman of the Year to Darnell Moore, the founder of New York-based You Belong, a sports and leadership came for LGBT youth. (Watch his remarks below.)
The ball benefitted the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition. Last year's event, held in January 2013, benefitted AID Atlanta's Evolution Project.