Gentlemen’s Ball celebrates LGBT activists, entertainers

A black-tie gala and awards ceremony honored LGBTQ activists, entertainers and allies of color on Saturday during the 6th Annual Gentlemen's Ball in downtown Atlanta.

Honorees included playwright and actor Tarell McCraney, who won an Academy Award for co-writing the film "Moonlight," and Amiyah Scott, the transgender model and actor in the cast of Fox's "Star." Several Atlanta-based LGBT activists were also honored.

The signature event from organizers Gee and Juan Session-Smalls was the centerpiece of a weekend celebration that opened Friday with a panel discussion on diversity and included a welcome reception, health and wellness fair, and a Sunday brunch with Atlanta mayoral candidates.

Honorees included Tarell McCraney (Gentleman of the Year), Tracee McDaniel (Gentlewoman of the Year), Charles Stephens (Gentleman of Service), Darlene Hudson (Gentlewoman of Service), Julian Walker (Gentleman of Promise), Amiyah Scott (Gentlewoman of Promise), Jack Mizrahi (Gentleman of Excellence), Melissa Scott (Gentlewoman of Excellence), Atlanta Fire Chief Joel Baker (Gentleman of Alliance), Sharon Lettman-Hicks (Gentlewoman of Alliance), Coriology (Gentleman of Artistry), Tye B (Gentlewoman of Artistry), Derek J (Community Trailblazer) and Miss Lawrence (Community Vanguard).

Comedians Sampson McCormick and Tammy Peay hosted the event at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, which also included a performance by Kelly Price.

Enjoy photos from the event in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

Photos by Russ Youngblood