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vid view Video Coverage - click here for Photo Gallery. On Saturday, some of the finest philanthropic members of the Las Vegas and LGBT communities were in Las Vegas The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, celebrated its 11th annual Gala at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with this year's theme, "One Vision, One Community!", centers on the importance of unity within the community.  Each year, the gala recognizes notable contributors working for the betterment of the community.  During this year's festivities, the Equality Award and the Leadership Award was presented to two  Extraordinary Nevadans: John Nelson, senior vice president of AEG  Live  Las Vegas,  honored with the Equality Award and Las Vegas City Manager Betsy Fretwell  honored with this year's Leadership Award.  Vegas Scene Reporters Jonathan Nelson & Xan Clancy were at the Red Carpet with Celebritiy Photographer Paul Rodriguez to report on the event. Some of the local celebrities showed up for the event and talked with our reporters along with the Mayor and other VIP members of the valley.

This is what our reporters had to say about the event.  "The Gala was huge night for the LGBTQ community. Mayor Goodman, and her husband, were there to honor Betsy Fretwell (Leadership award recipient), John Nelson (HRC Equality award recipient) and many others, not to mention several local celebrities were there including: high energy London Steele of Men of Steele (inspiration for Magic Mike), Melody Sweets (the Green Fairy from Absinthe and local burlesque queen), Josh Strickland and Todd Dubail (Vegas!"

"The show & Jersey Boys), and Michael Sam (NFL player who recently came out). It was also great to see Shangela from RuPaul’s Drag Race."  "It was wonderful to see how many turned out for this amazing event honoring the community. We were welcomed by all and many even encouraged us to contact them for future events."

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