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OUT Georgia Honors LGBTQ Community with Upcoming Event

People and organizations who are boldly leading the way for Georgia’s LGBTQ community will be honored at OUT Georgia’s Community Honors Celebration on Friday, December 9.

Held at Atlanta City Hall, the event will spotlight the incredible LGBTQ business, non-profit, and ally community in Georgia. The night begins with a cocktail reception at 6pm before the awards program at 7:30pm.

This year’s awards and finalists are as follows:


Business Leader of the Year: Raphael Bostic, Scott Mitchell, Betsy Robinson, Pamela Stewart, and Ja’Mel Ashely Ware.

Community Leader of the Year: Paul Conroy, Craig Hardesty, Candance Hardnett, Jerry Gonzalez, and Charles Stephens.

Next Gen Leader of the Year: Antwan and Jeremy Aiken, Liliana Bakhtiari, DeMarcus Beckham, Bentley Hudgins, and Toni-Michelle Williams

Non-profit of the Year: Counter Narrative Project, First City Pride Center, Out Front Theatre Company, Out On Film, and Thrive SS.

Corporate Ally of the Year: Bank of America, The Coca-Cola Company, Dell Technologies, Discover DeKalb, and Georgia Power Company.

Small Business of the Year: APG Emerging Tech, Automation Intelligence, Balmori Balmori Home Fragrance, The Bohemian Den, and Tier4 Group.

New Business of the Year: All Gas No Breaks Logistics, LoGo Goods, MODIV Group, Namaste Casting  + Tchotchkes, and Transparent Life Conversations.

Member of the Year: Miko Evans, Felicia “BG” McCoy, Matt Mitchell, Dr. Elijah Nicholas, and Vanessa Wagner.


OUT Georgia will also unveil the first-ever non-profit grant awards of the OUT Georgia Impact Fund, powered by United Way of Greater Atlanta.

Tickets to the event are $150 and include an assigned seat at a main floor table, cocktail reception, dinner stations from JenChan’s and Occasional Occasions by Carlton, dessert, open bar, and entertainment from Ella/Saurus/Rex, Dotte Com, Michael Robinson, the MetroGnomes Big Band, and GeeXella. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.