Atlanta gay chamber fetes winners at annual awards dinner
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.