Gala benefits gay Atlanta’s homeless youth

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With a fashion show, live orchestra, silent auction, drag star and more hors d-oeuvre than can possibly be consumed at a fundraiser, big crowds enjoyed the gay-run Thriving Children benefit that raised big cash for an LGBT non-profit.

The seventh rendition of the Thriving Children Gala Fashion Show, from award-winning gay hair designer Steve Hightower, unfolded on Friday in the upscale Egyptian Ballroom of the Fox Theatre. Besides a fashion show, the evening also included Chad Michaels – the Season 4 runner-up on “RuPaul's Drag Race” – and the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus Panache Ensemble.

The event benefited Lost N Found Youth, which cares for gay Atlanta's homeless youth. The group, in the midst of renovating a Midtown building into a shelter, recently snagged a $10,000 makeover from IKEA. And sadly, the group's work is needed now more than ever. A new study showed that LGBT homelessness in metro Atlanta is a bigger problem than even Lost N Found realized.

Photos by Russ Youngblood

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