(ATLANTA, GA) – MAY 25, 2017 – The nation’s best and brightest thought leaders, visionaries and social influencers will celebrate the accomplishments of LGBTQ of color genius during the 6th Annual Gentlemen’s Ball, Powered by UPS, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30th, 2017 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel.
Under the theme, “We Are Royalty,” this year’s formal celebration is the signature event of The Gentlemen’s Ball Weekend set for September 29th through October 1st. Three days of programming filled with activities for guests and allies to recharge and reimagine their lives. Empowering experiences include: a health & wellness fair, workshops on love, relationships and financial planning, along with parties, mixers and socials before and after the ball.
“We are Royalty speaks to a tradition of excellence and service our ancestors exemplified in their efforts to build strong and loving communities,” says Gee Smalls, co-founder of The Gentlemen’s Foundation, the charitable organization that produces the ball and weekend line-up. “It is only fitting we expand our award honorees to include all LGBTQ men and women of color daring to be the change needed to solve the challenges before us.”
The message of unity extends to the ball’s cohosts, comedians Sampson McCormick and Tammy Peay, who will deliver their respective brands of wit and charm throughout the evening.
“To lift-up the brilliance that exists among us is simply amazing,” says Peay, whose acclaimed career includes film, television and stage performances, including Roger Omeus’ “Finding Me: The Series,” the first-ever Pride concert at Carnegie Hall and the weekly “Talk ‘N Tea” online radio show. “This is our time.”