The Annual Gentlemen’s Ball Weekend is an engaging, enlightening, and entertaining three-day celebration that features a series of events where guests are empowered to recharge their spirits and reimagine their lives.

In October, attendees from across the US convene in Atlanta to experience dynamic panel discussions, an Empowerment Summit, seminars on financial, mental, and physical wellness, cocktail receptions, and more!

The pinnacle of the weekend is the Annual Gentlemen’s Ball, a black-tie Fundraising Gala and Awards Program that celebrates the accomplishments of Black LGBTQ people who have significantly contributed to enhancing the quality of life of the minority LGBTQ community and who have demonstrated a commitment to social change. 

Partnering with the cause of justice and equality for all, the Honorees augment the richness of our great community by boldly embodying The Gentlemen’s Foundation’s vision of what a #TrueGentleman and #TrueGentlewoman are: one who is CONFIDENT in Self, GENEROUS in Giving, and PROUD to stand tall in TRUTH.

2018 Honorees

Alicia Garza

Gentlewoman of the Year

Jussie Smollett

Gentleman of the Year

Simone Bell

Gentlewoman of Service

Dr. Cleo Manago

Gentleman of Service

Pamela Stewart

Gentlewoman of Excellence

Kylar Broadus

Gentleman of Excellence

Mickey Bee

Gentlewoman of Promise

Guy Anthony

Gentleman of Promise

Queen Sheba

Gentlewoman of Artistry

James Earl Hardy

Gentleman of Artistry

Stacey Abrams

Gentlewoman of Alliance

Jensen Atwwood

Gentleman of Alliance

Joe “Miss Sophia” Taylor


Deondray and Quincy Gossfield


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