“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Judge Ross Mathews to Be Honored at 2018 GLAAD Gala

Previous recipients of the Davidson/Valentini Award include Don Lemon, Lee Daniels, and Sandra Bernhard.

RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Ross Mathews’ contributions to the LGBTQ community will be honored by GLAAD at the 2018 Gala in San Francisco.


GLAAD announced today (July 20) that Mathews will receive the Davidson/Valentini Award at the 2018 GLAAD Gala San Francisco taking place on September 15. The GLAAD Gala San Francisco celebrates and features storytellers who accelerate acceptance for the LGBTQ community.

“Throughout his storied career in television, Ross Mathews has brought his undeniable wit and humor—along with LGBTQ visibility—to audiences around the globe,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO in a press release. “By his work and appearances across different networks and genres, he truly embodies the spirit of the Davidson/Valentini Award.”

GLAAD’s Davidson/Valentini Award is presented to an LGBTQ media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance for the LGBTQ community. The award is named after Craig Davidson, GLAAD’s first executive director, and his partner Michael Valentini. Previous award recipients include Don Lemon, Lee Daniels, Adam Lambert, Hannah Hart, Sandra Bernhard, Alec Mapa, Tyler Oakley, B.D. Wong, and Ilene Chaiken, among others.

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