At­lanta gay cham­ber fetes win­ners at an­nual awards din­ner

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The At­lanta Gay & Les­bian Cham­ber of Com­merce (AGLCC) hon­ored the city’s LGBT busi­ness world best at their an­nual Com­mu­nity Awards Din­ner on Sept. 23 at the In­ter­Con­ti­nen­tal Buck­head At­lanta.

The lav­ish and lively awards din­ner, em­ceed by Tony Kear­ney, was pre­ceded by a cock­tail re­cep­tion and silent auc­tion, fol­lowed by an af­ter party at the ho­tel. The win­ners were: Guardian Angel: Lost-n-Found Youth Cor­po­rate Ally: First Data Small Busi­ness of the Year: Henry’s Mid­town Tav­ern

Ris­ing Star: Paul Beauchamp, Gay­bor­hood

Rose­mary Jones Life­time Achieve­ment Award: Paul Plate, Pos­i­tive Im­pact Health Cen­ters

Busi­ness Woman of the Year: Pamela Ste­wart, The Coca-Cola Com­pany

Busi­ness Man of the Year: Cale Hall, Cre­ative Ap­proach

Van­guard Award: Selisse Berry, founder and CEO of Out & Equal Work­place Ad­vo­cates

Mem­ber of the Year: Carl­ton Brown, Oc­ca­sional Oc­ca­sions

The AGLCC was hon­ored last month with the 2016 Cham­ber of the Year Award at the Na­tional Gay & Les­bian Cham­ber of Com­merce’s 2016 In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness & Lead­er­ship Con­fer­ence in Palm Springs, Calif.

Health Ini­tia­tive marks 20th an­niver­sary

The Health Ini­tia­tive is cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary this year. The or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides ed­u­ca­tion, ad­vo­cacy, sup­port and im­proved ac­cess to care to Ge­or­gia’s LGBT com­mu­nity. They are the largest non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion in the south­east de­voted solely to the health and well­ness of LGBT peo­ple.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion be­gan in 1996 as the At­lanta Les­bian Cancer Ini­tia­tive, changed their name to the At­lanta Les­bian Health Ini­tia­tive in 2004, and then changed it to The Health Ini­tia­tive in 2011.

They will host their first-ever State of LGBTQ Health Round­table and Re­cep­tion on Nov. 10 at Pied­mont Hos­pi­tal. The keynote speaker will be na­tional LGBT health pol­icy ad­vo­cate Dr. Scout, the direc­tor of HealthLink (for­merly the Network for LGBT Health Eq­uity) at Cen­terLink in Fort Laud­erdale, Fla. A panel dis­cus­sion with Ge­or­gia health­care providers, ad­min­is­tra­tors and pol­icy mak­ers on best prac­tices for im­prov­ing ac­cess to LGBT-friendly health­care will be fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion for speak­ers and donors.

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