Eric Canonico’s LGBT Awards

Illustration by Yann Legendre

Illustration by Yann Legendre

The Tao Group customer-development host has been part of both the Nightlife and LGBT scenes since 1998, before he was even old enough to drink. While attending UNLV for hospitality communications and marketing, he began his nightlife career at C2K, Utopia and Studio 54. These tenures fueled his love for throwing a good party. You’ll most often find him at the Marquee door podium until the early-morning hours, at one of the city’s LGBT hot spots or Downtown.

Fred Harmon

“The chief marketing officer for the new Tropicana has taken an organic approach to celebrating gay pride and promoting the resort to the LGBTQ community globally. He attributes his desire to reach out to this market to the genuine pride he feels working for a company that is openly affirming and welcoming to all. The Tropicana is the spot to be on Sundays, winter or summer!”


“As far as gay clubs go, Mike Crisp’s two-story nightclub, bar and ultra lounge is the closest thing we have to an XS or Marquee. The features are sleek, bottle service is the norm and the music is amazing. I prefer Share over the clubs in the ‘Fruit Loop’ as second-hand smoke is under control here and the patrons dress up, making this room a very pleasing mini megaclub.” 4636 Wynn Rd.,

Sean Fabulous

“‘Who doesn’t know Sean Fabulous? His presence in the Las Vegas LGBT community is as iconic as the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign, while his outfits are as showstopping as the Strip itself. He exudes the essence of being true to one’s self for embracing and showcasing his unique individuality, and is unfazed by what the social norms may be, giving other individuals the courage and inspiration to do the same. Anytime Sean enters a room with his charismatic personality, a good time is sure to follow.’ And that’s just what he had to say about himself! I would have just said he was a very social drunk.”

Garrett’s Gay Guide

“Garrett Pattiani has become the go-to guy on the Las Vegas LGBT scene. His most recent co-creation is the QVIP section of the QVegas smartphone app, which allows locals and travelers to find events in Las Vegas, connect with the hosts of nightlife and entertainment venues, and set up bottle service and transportation.”

Rachel Wenman

“This native Las Vegan has made a name for herself Downtown with art shows and volunteering at First Friday while coordinating charitable events poolside at the Palms. She’s the director of business development for Drinkboard, the new mobile gifting app that works with a variety of Downtown nightlife venues.”

Back to the 2013 Nightclub Awards.