Television personality Ross Mathews will be the first recipient of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada’s Qmmunity Advocate Award, which will be awarded October 19 at the nonprofit’s annual Honorarium gala at the Cosmopolitan.
The latest honor is designed for national public figures who have “widespread influence within the LGBTQ community.” According to Center CEO Bob Elkins, Mathews was chosen as the initial Qmmunity Advocate honoree for his work with the Human Rights Campaign, appearances at numerous Pride festivals across the country and his unapologetic attitude.
“I think Ross is a really awesome role model, and he’s a role model for all generations of LGBTQ folks ... he has the ability to speak authentically and in an entertaining manner,” says Elkins, adding that Mathews’ wit would add something special to the first Qmmunity Advocate Award presentation.
The comedian and author is best known for his appearances on E!’s Chelsea Lately and as “Ross the Intern” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Mathews launched his own E! talk show, Hello Ross, on September 6, and released his bestselling memoir, Man Up: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence, in May.
Other Honorarium awardees this year include Barbara Molasky, receiving the Person of the Year Award; Ron Quinn, receiving the Volunteer of the Year Award; and the UFC, receiving the Corporation of the Year Award.
Tickets for the Honorarium range from $275 to $375 and seating for groups of ten also is available. Tickets are available at the Center and online at thecenterlv.com.