Georgia Equality hosted the 7th annual Evening for Equality event at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center. Several community and HIV/AIDS activists were recognized for their continued work in the community. Ga. State Rep. Karla Drenner, HIV activist Johnny Fambro, AIDS Athens Executive Director Olivia Long and Bill Nigut, the southeast regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, were all recognized. To view photos from the event, click here.
As the state’s largest LGBT political group held a gala dinner last night to celebrate victories and honor leaders, the group’s executive director had the future on his mind.
“It’s been a very good year for Georgia Equality, it’s been a very good year for LGBT people here in Georgia, but it has not been a great year,” said Jeff Graham, Georgia Equality executive director, as the group’s supporters gathered June 23 for the seventh annual Evening for Equality.
“We still face challenges. We still face challenges in schools, where kids get bullied and picked on to the point they commit suicide. We still can get fired from any job, anywhere, anytime, for simply expressing who we are, what our gender identity is, who we love,” Graham said.
Georgia Equality hopes that this year’s Evening for Equality will surpass all its previous efforts as the state’s largest gay advocacy organization transforms its signature fundraiser from cocktail hour to seated dinner.
Long the largest fundraiser for Georgia Equality, the event has grown in size and scope for 2011 by offering dinner and honoring a diverse group of activists from across the state, said Jeff Graham, the group’s executive director.
“It was definitely intentional to broaden the scope of the Evening for Equality so that it encompassed people not just in Atlanta, but around the state,” Graham said. “We wanted to start off by making it more regional and next year we’re going to try and make it more of a state-wide organization.”