Out & Equal Workplace Advocates launched its Atlanta affiliate last week with a packed event that called attention to longtime advocates and workplace activism.

imageThe Atlanta group is the 13th affiliate of the organization, which provides resources for gay employees and companies to promote equality in the workplace. More than 500 people attended the Nov. 20 event, held inside a ballroom of Twelve at Atlantic Station.

Lesbian radio personality Melissa Carter (right photo) presided over the evening, which included a tribute for the National Transgender Day of Remembrance and an extensive program calling attention to advocates and efforts to promote workplace equality. The group also honored Ronald Moore (top photo), a longtime gay leader in Atlanta whose professional career has included work in corporate human resources. Moore received Out & Equal’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Keynote speakers included gay actors Mitchell Anderson, who know owns MetroFresh restaurant in Midtown, and Amanda Bearse. Jim Martin, a gay-friendly former state lawmaker, also appeared to make a spirited pitch for votes. Martin is in a Dec. 2 runoff for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Saxby Chambliss, an anti-gay Republican.

Out & Equal thanked its supporters for the large turnout in an email on Nov. 21:

When you have over 500 people attend your event - overwhelmed, gratitude , power, and hope are words that come to mind!

And now the work really begins - making Atlanta the most equitable workplace in the US for GLBT people and their advocates! YOU GO ATLANTA!

View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the event.

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