Silver State Equality, Nevada’s statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, will honor Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Winnemucca Pride at Silver State Equality’s third annual Silver State Equality Awards. The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation will also present Nevada Senator Dallas Harris (District 11) with a Legislative Leadership Award for her efforts to modernize Nevada’s HIV criminal laws in partnership with Silver State Equality. This year’s Silver State Equality Awards are proudly presented by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.

The Silver State Equality Awards recognize individuals and organizations who have successfully championed and advanced legislation, initiatives and programs that promote full lived equality for LGBTQ+ Nevadans.

“Nevada once again led the way in advancing LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice for underserved and marginalized communities during the 2021 Nevada Legislature,” said André C. Wade, State Director, Silver State Equality. “We owe much of our success to support from leaders like Governor Sisolak and Senator Harris, so it’s particularly fitting that we honor them for their significant role in helping to pass voter protection legislation, modernizing HIV laws, improving healthcare access, increasing support for LGBTQ+-owned businesses, enacting meaningful change in school curriculum to include the histories of marginalized communities,  allowing for all consenting parents to share in the duties and responsibilities of raising a child, and more.  Additionally, we commend the members of Winnemucca Pride for its leadership in organizing the first ever Pride event in rural Nevada, which garnered national and international attention.”

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 28

  • 5:30 – 7:00 pm: Cocktail Reception & Heavy Hors d’oeuvres
  • 7:00 – 8:00 pm: Program (including an appearance by Yvie Oddly, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11)
  • 8:00 – 8:30 pm: Additional Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres

WHERE: Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club at The LINQ Promenade, 3535 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109

COVID-19: All guests are required to provide proof of vaccination. Masks will be required when not actively eating or drinking.

WHO: Gov. Steve Sisolak: Ally Leadership Award, Members of Winnemucca Pride led by ShawnAnne Dixon: Community Leadership Award, Sen. Dallas Harris: The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Legislative Leadership Award

TICKETS: Individual tickets and sponsorships are available to the public and can be purchased at

SPONSORS: Premier Presenting Sponsor is San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Presenting Sponsors include Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts International, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, Southwest Airlines, Uber, Weedmaps, Walmart, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and La Crema.

Led by State Director André C. Wade, Silver State Equality is affiliated with and supported by Equality California and Equality California Institute, which together comprise the nation’s largest statewide LGBQ civil rights organization. Silver State Equality is committed to fighting for LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice by helping to elect pro-equality candidates; passing pro-equality legislation in Carson City and Washington, DC; advancing LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice in the courtroom; and reducing disparities in LGBTQ health and well-being through education and advocacy programs. Information at