Community notes: Urban Pride plans awards event in April; Q Social moved to second Thursday

13 months and time for cake! Spectrum staff, back row, from left: Tonya Harvey, Damon Blumburg, Susan Thomason, Samantha Palaggi, Kristen Peterson and Joslyn Hatfield. Front row: Monti Rock (with ZoZo), Lyn Collier, Rob Schlegel and Lucas Navarro-Schlegel. Not pictured, Terry Wilsey, Sheila Hacco, Richard Davis, Vicky Henry, Cyntha Hall, Maria Isabella Labrada and Shirley Patrick.

Vegas Urban Pride Awards

The Vegas Urban Pride Awards and Kings’ Birthday will be held April 11-12. Both are fundraisers for the Pride event in October.

The Vegas Urban Pride Awards is a peer-to-peer voting ballot. Winners are selected by popular vote for each category. Nominate an influencer living and actively conducting business in the Las Vegas community to be recognized for their talent or services. Nominations are open through March 4. The top four in each category with the most nominations will make the official VUP Awards Ballot. Finalist voting will begin March 7-28. Winners will be announced at awards ceremony April 12 at 5 p.m. at Hamburger Mary’s, 1700 E. Flamingo Road. Tickets and event information visit

The event will include cocktails and free hors d’oeuvre and after-part live DJ. Free HIV testing will also be offered.

Q Social moved to second Thursday Happy birthday to us! The Spectrum belatedly celebrated its first year in February at its first Spectrum Q Social. The event has been moved from the third Thursday to the second Thursday of the month. This month’s Q Social will be held March 12 at Hamburger Mary’s from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Many of the staff members are pictured at right.