Amiyah Scott and Miss Lawrence (Photo Credit: Michael Walker/UMEEK Images)

Over the weekend, the Gentlemen’s Foundation hosted their 6th Annual Gentlemen’s Ball powered by UPS at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel. Additionally, the black-tie gala ball and awards ceremony celebrated individuals within the LGBTQIA community who have been committed to social change and enhancement of the quality of life. Guests and honorees for this year’s ball included Tarell McCraney, Moonlight; Tracee McDaniel, founder of Juxtaposed Center for Transformation; Amiyah Scott, FOX’s “Star”; Charles Stephens, writer and creator of “The Counter Narrative Project”; Darlene Hudson, State of Black Gay America Summit and Southern Unity Movement; Julian Walker, BLACKBIRD, BET’s “Being Mary Jane”; Jack Mizrahi; Melissa Scott, VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”; chief Joel Baker, City of Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department; Sharon Lettman-Hicks, executive director and CEO of National Black Justice Coalition; Coriology; Tyra B; Derek J, “Real Housewives of Atlanta”; Miss Lawrence, FOX’s “Star”; Jussie Smollett, FOX”s “Empire”; Kelly Price; Bevy Smith “Radio Andy” on Sirius XM, and more.

This year’s event was themed “We Are Royalty” and was the signature fundraising event of the Gentlemen’s Ball weekend, which was held Sept. 29 through Oct. 1, 2017. We Are Royalty celebrated people of color identifying as LGBTQIA. The three days of programming were filled with activities for guests and allies to recharge and reimagine their lives. Empowering experiences included a health and wellness fair, workshops on love, relationships and financial planning, along with parties, mixers and socials before and after the ball. On Friday, Sept. 29, ball attendees were invited to two free panel discussions with tastemakers in the business and entertainment industries. Special panelists included Ryan Anderson (“SunTrust Bank”), Vaughn Alvarez (“CR8 Agency”), Gocha Hawkins (WE tv’s “LA Hair”), Melissa Scott (“Traxx Girls”), Lisa Cunningham and others.

See pictures below.

a ballroom moment 2

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a ballroom moment

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Amiyah Scott and Miss Lawrence 2

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Amiyah Scott kisses award

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Amiyah Scott

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Angela McCoy

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Avian Watson

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Bevy Smith and Miss Lawrence with guests

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Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, III

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Brandi and Angel McCoughtry

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Check for Morehouse

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Chief Joel G. Baker

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Coriology

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Corp. Panel Guests

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Darlene Hudson

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David Bridgefoth, DBQ Magazine

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Dwight Eubanks

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entertainment panelists

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final remarks

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Gee and Juan Smalls kiss

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Gee and Juan Smalls

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Gee Smalls gives final remarks

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Gee Smalls, Amiyah Scott and Juan Smalls

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Gee Smalls, Julian Walker and Juan Smalls

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Gee Smalls, Kelly Price and Juan Smalls

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Gee Smalls, Sharon Hicks and Juan Smalls

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Gee Smalls, Tammy Peay and Juan Smalls

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Gee Smalls, Tarell McCraney and Juan Smalls

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Gee Smalls, Tyra B and Juan Smalls

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Gocha Hawkins

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group shot

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guests dance to Kelly Price

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Guests shout

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Jack Mizrahi

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Julian Walker holds award

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Julian Walker

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Jussie Smollett intros

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Kelly Price sings 6

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Kelly Price sings 7

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Kelly Price sings 8

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Kelly Price sings-2

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Kelly Price sings-5

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Kelly Price sings

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Kelly Price

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Lisa Cunningham

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McCraney and Smollett clap

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Melissa Scott

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Noel and Larry Carter

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Promise Awards

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Rashad Burgess and Oliver Clyde Allen III

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Rashad Burgess

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Ryan Ashley and guest

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Sampson McCormick

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Sharon Lettman Hicks

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Tammy Peay and Sampson McCormick

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Tarell and Jussie Laugh

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Tarrell Alvin McCraney

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Tarrell McCraney and Jussie Smollett 2

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Tracee McDaniel

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two friends hug

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Tyra B

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Vaughn Alvarez and Amiyah Scott

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Vaughn Alvarez

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Victor Jackson
Warren Huntley and guest
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  • Chuck

    Mr. Scott is beautiful with makeup and is handsome when he’s not in makeup. He and Mr. Lawrence favor.

  • ChristopherATL

    Atlanta’s black gay community is admirable. Great job!

  • Mason Youngblood

    Sorry but some s#!t just should not be promoted..

  • mrhowell2002

    it would b in Atlanta… this behavior is killing the black community among other things…