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Evening for Equality honors LGBT leaders, allies

Hundreds of people attended Georgia Equality's Evening for Equality fundraiser June 29 at Twelve Hotel in Atlantic Station — just days over the historic rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court on marriage equality.

The largest such event to date, this year's Evening for Equality raised more than $20,000 that will go toward funding Georgia Equality initiatives including lobbying for workplace non-discrimination, creating safe schools for LGBTQ students, HIV/AIDS advocacy, hate crimes legislation and more.

The evening honored state Rep. Karla Drenner as the sponsor of Georgia's Fair Employment Practices Act that would protect state employees from being fired based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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[Photos] Evening for Equality raises $65K

Georgia Equality's Evening for Equality

Hundreds of people attended Georgia Equality's Evening for Equality fundraiser on June 29, 2013, at Twelve Hotel in Atlantic Station — just days over the historic rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court on marriage equality.

The largest event to date, this year's Evening for Equality raised $65,000 that will go toward funding Georgia Equality initiatives including lobbying for workplace non-discrimination, creating safe schools for LGBTQ students, HIV/AIDS advocacy, hate crimes legislation, relationship recognition and more.

The evening honored state Rep. Karla Drenner as the sponsor of Georgia's Fair Employment Practices Act that would protect state employees from being fired based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Receiving awards for their contributions were Anthony Michael Kreis, who received the Allen Thornell Political Advancement Award; The Lloyd Russell Foundation (headed up by Pamm Burdett) with the Phillip Rush Community Builder Award; and Da'zon Dixon Diallo, founder of SisterLove Inc.; with the Champion for Equality award.

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Evening for Equality honors leaders

Georgia Equality’s annual Evening for Equality Awards cap off Atlanta’s Stonewall Month. Scheduled this year for June 29 at Twelve Hotel in Atlantic Station, the event will honor members of the local community with three distinct awards.

The Philip Rush Community Builder Award goes to the Lloyd Russell Foundation, whose executive director is Pamm Burdett. “The foundation provides needed resources to struggling community organizations,” said Jeff Graham, Georgia Equality’s executive director.

“Without their support, there would not be a Phillip Rush Center,” Graham said. “In addition, they have provided a safe base and acknowledgement for people who can be marginalized, such as the transgender and leather community.”