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imageToast the holidays, raise funds for a new scholarship program and honor some folks and groups for their good work. That made for a busy holiday party for Out & Equal Atlanta last week.

The festivities unfolded Dec. 10 at Hotel Palomar with the help of emcee Melissa Carter, the lesbian radio jock from Q100, and Thom Bierdz (top photo), the gay soap star and artist.

The group honored longtime LGBT activist Ken Britt (middle photo) with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The former law firm administrator is board co-chair for the Human Rights Campaign and has worked with other LGBT groups including AID Atlanta, Atlanta Executive Network and Georgia Equality. Last year, the group honored Ronald Moore with its first Lifetime Achievement Award.

Out & Equal also doled out workplace awards to honor people and groups that support its mission of workplace equality, including Turner Broadcasting (Employee Resource Group, Newell Rubbermaid (Corporation), YouthPride (Non-profit), Metrotainment Cafes (Small/Medium Business), Emory University (Education Institutional), U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (Government Agency) and Donna Dell (LGBT and Ally Emplyee’s Group).

The holiday event also raised funds for Out & Equal’s new scholarship fund for college students.

imageOut & Equal formally unveiled itself as the 13th affiliate of the national group Out & Equal Workplace Advocates during an event in November 2008 attended by more than 500 people. The group provides resources for gay employees and companies to promote equality in the workplace.

VIEW PHOTOS | Holiday Party with Out & Equal Atlanta (Photos by Sher Pruitt)