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CONTENTS EVENTS

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Renaissance Festival

76

Suzanne Westenhoefer Live

98

Art in Full Bloom

5

PRIDE Kickoff Pool Party

6

Together Tuesday

12

October PRIDE Family Bingo

ARTICLES

17

PRIDE Luau

11

101 The Center’s Honorarium

PRIDE Sponsors

48

Las Vegas Bar & Nightclub Schedule

52

Summer Swimwear Fashions

61

PRIDE Night Parade Grand Marshal, Phyllis A. James

62

PRIDE Night Parade Hosts

63

PRIDE Night Parade Map

65

March to Equality: Make Your Steps Count

19

PRIDE Kickoff Party & Turnabout 13

39

Las Vegas PRIDE Pets

14

PRIDE Royalty

80

The Art of Z LaLa

39

Tails & Whiskers Doggie Walk

20

PRIDE Superstars

83

My Story (David Hernandez)

42

Down & Derby Roller Skating

23

What a Wonder, That Woman!

88

49

PRIDE Family Bingo Schedule

24

60

Las Vegas PRIDE Night Parade

What to Expect at the Las Vegas 97 PRIDE Parade & Festival

Summer Nights with Olivia Newton-John

67

CHARLI XCX Concert

28

PRIDE Festival Map

75

Betty’s Picnic

32

LGBT Community Directory

84

Palm Springs PRIDE 2016

37

Las Vegas PRIDE Spinners

100 The Center Launches Mental Health Services

91

Glam Rock Family Skate Night

38

Yes, Pets ARE Allowed at PRIDE

39

Las Vegas PRIDE Pets

105 Three Reasons Why Everyone Should Know LGBT History

41

PRIDE Rideshare Info

44

Las Vegas Guide Map

RODEO GUIDE

50

PRIDE Parade Broadcast Info

132 World Gay Rodeo Finals®

118 Phoenix Rainbows Festival 124 November PRIDE Family Bingo Community Events 34

Monster Mash Pumpkin Dash

Welcome

99

How to be a Trans Ally Survey Says LGB Youth Need Our Protection

109 Why Gay PRIDE Still Matters

PUBLISHER Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. EDITOR Ernie Yuen LAYOUT & DESIGN Jake Naylor ADVERTISING Ernie Yuen, Lyndon R. Marquez & Clair Koetitz PHOTOGRAPHY Adam Bouska, Barbara Maeker, Chris Purdum (Orange Soda Photography), Noel Dahl, Marc Garcia, Excelsior Media, Robert Roth ON THE COVER 2016 Las Vegas PRIDE Royalty: Kenneth Blake, Rico Ramirez, Kandy Makary, Jorge Gamboa COVER PHOTO Barbara Maeker CONTRIBUTORS Stephen Anspichler, Cory Burgess, Greg Chase, Andrew Christian, Paul Cieslewicz, Christina Di Gioia, Michael Dimengo, Tim Evans, Corbin Fisher, David Hernandez, Phyllis A. James, Clair Koetitz, Z LaLa, Andrew MaKay, Mary Malia, Frank Marino & Diva’s Dancers, Lyndon Marquez, Nicol McNee, Blue Montana, Jean Napier, Beth Sherouse, Aaron Knight Rodriguez, Andrew Ryan, Randy Slovacek (The Randy Report) Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. (SNAPI). No part of this publication, including stories, artwork, advertising or photos, may be reproduced without written permission from SNAPI. For information regarding the Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine or to advertise in future issues, contact SNAPI at 4001 S. Decatur Blvd. #37-540, Las Vegas, NV 89103-5800, (866) 930-3336 or email ernie@lasvegaspride.org. For information regarding Las Vegas PRIDE events, visit www.lasvegaspride.org. The appearance of any person, business or organization in this publication, by name, advertisement or photograph, is not an indication of sexual orientation. SNAPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.

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outstanding volunteers who we like to call PRIDE Superstars. To this year’s recipients, thank you for all that you do for our community. Las Vegas PRIDE is always looking for volunteers to help with our festival and parade. Want to be involved? Want to make a difference? We always have room for volunteers and those interested in joining our associate board. Come Our fashion spread this month (pages and share your ideas, change is good 52-57) features swim wear by Andrew and you’ll always be welcome. Christian, and all of the handsome models are from Frank Marino’s As we get ready to celebrate 33 years Divas. Thank you to the staff and of Las Vegas PRIDE, please remember management of Paris’ Soleil Pool for what’s going on all over the world. hosting our photo shoot. Please make each day count, be nice to each other. Be proud, share the Read the great article about why gay love and celebrate life, celebrate pride still matters, (page 109) the fight diversity. is not over kids, we still have a long way to go. I want to thank the Board of Directors of Southern Nevada Association of We are teaming up with March to PRIDE, Inc., for your tireless efforts Equality at the PRIDE Parade and and dedication to our community. It Sunday’s Tails & Whiskers Doggie is not an easy task, but with proper Walk. The March to Equality (MTE) planning and a lot of love we will goal is to collect 50 million steps by succeed. I would also like to thank all Stonewalls 50th anniversary on June of our many sponsors, without your 28, 2019. Read about how you can can-do attitude we could not host add your steps to the march on pages our two-day festival and night parade. 64-65. I appreciate all that you do for our organization. Last, but not least, thank This is the time of the year when you to all of the volunteers. You are we honor some of our community’s the key to our successes. You are always smiling, and willing to help with a “What else can I do?” attitude that is amazing to see. I appreciated every single one of you! Thank you.

Welcome By Ernie “Pineapple” Yuen

Aloha! Here we are, welcoming the 2016 Las Vegas PRIDE Festival and Night Parade. With more than 25 events spanning 9 days planned, we hope there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Excited, anxious, nervous, and proud are some of the emotions I have been feeling as we get ready to host our two-day festival at Sunset Park on October 22 and 23. We are returning to the place where Las Vegas PRIDE started. Our festival footprint this year is three times larger than last year. We have planned for two entertainment stages, a dance pavilion, Kid’s Zone, a large food court area complete with food trucks and a PRIDE Pets area filled with exhibitors and attractions specifically designed to be petfriendly. Watch for new changes and great improvements. Check out the festival map (pages 28-29) for a preview of what to expect, and don’t forget, this year, you can bring your furry babies with you, just make sure to keep them leashed. Read about PRIDE Pets on pages 38-39. Additional details can also be found on our Las Vegas PRIDE smart phone app and on the LasVegasPRIDE.org website. This is our third Guide to PRIDE Issue of the Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine! Each year it gets bigger and better. This year, we joined forces with the World Gay Rodeo Finals®, and produced a flip magazine. Please go and check out the Rodeo at South Point Casino.

I want to wish each and every single one of you a very Happy PRIDE, please enjoy all of our events, Drink responsibly. Please have fun, be safe and remember to be nice to each other! In PRIDE, Ernie “Pineapple” Yuen Executive Director Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 13


of Las Vegas. She began as a backup dancer in the Mr. Vaquero contest. Miss Makary won her first pageant title, and was crowned Miss Good Times in 2010. In 2012 Kandy was granted the title of Miss Diva Latina, three years later Kandy was crowned Miss Nuestra Belleza Latina Gay. Kandy gives a lot credit to her success from the support of the Makary family, Vegas PRIDE, Rico hopes to help Paloma, Gia and Diana Makary. Kandy build a stronger LGBT community has graced many of the most popular by connecting different nonprofit Latin stages here in the community. organizations together; he has volunteered with and helped support As your Miss Orgullo Latino Las Vegas Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, 2016, Kandy wants to make sure Inc., the Human Rights Campaign, the entire Latin community comes The Center, Opportunity Village, together with their different cultures, Junior Achievement, Communities in ethnicities, and works toward a better Schools, the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, future. and Three Square. Mr. Orgullo Latino Las Vegas 2016 In December 2015, Rico graduated from UNLV with his Master’s degree in Hospitality Management and married Jorge was born in Zacatecas, Mexico; his husband, A.J. O’Reilly, in August and raised by his grandparents. At a 2014. young age, Jorge made his way to the US, and settled in Las Vegas. Rico looks forward to representing Las Vegas in a positive manner and is For many years, Jorge has spent time excited and honored to use the title volunteering in the community he of Mr. Las Vegas PRIDE 2016 to help loves. Entertaining is a passion for unite the LGBT community. Jorge and in 2007 Jorge was honored to be named Mr. Piranha Latino. A few Miss Orgullo Latino Las Vegas 2016 years later he was crowned Mr. Back Door 2011.

MEET THE 2016 PRIDE ROYALTY Miss Las Vegas PRIDE 2016

KENNETH BLAKE Kenneth has been entertaining audiences from childhood. Extensive vocal training afforded Kenneth the opportunity to tour the country and parts of the world before the age of 15. Kenneth began his professional female impersonation career in 1991 and has gone on to hold the titles of Miss Gay Tucson America 1997, Miss Gay Arizona America 1998-99, Honorary Tucson Miss Gay Pride 2000, Miss Gay Western States America 2001, and Miss Gay National NCC USofA 2001. In March of 2004, Kenneth’s longtime dream became reality when producer Nobert Alleman asked him to join his Las Vegas production An Evening at La Cage, starring Frank Marino, where he resided until its close in 2009. You can now catch Kenneth as Madonna, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga and performing his signature song “What Makes A Man, A Man?”, Thursday thru Monday nights at the LINQ Hotel and Casino in Frank Marino’s DIVAS Las Vegas. Showtime at 7:30pm. Mr. Las Vegas PRIDE 2016

RICO RAMIREZ Rico Ramirez was raised in Colorado and moved to Las Vegas in 2005 when he began working in the hospitality industry and volunteering with local nonprofit organizations. As Mr. Las 14 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

JORGE GAMBOA

KANDY MAKARY

Kandy Makary originally from Cañada de Caracheo, Municipio de Cortazar, Guanajuato, Mexico, moved to Las Vegas in 2005 with dreams of a better life and to help her family. Kandy’s main goal and purpose moving here has been to transition to a transgendered individual; something that in her home country would not be readily accepted.

Jorge is known for his impersonations of many Latin artists. Jorge’s performances have made him a local crowd favorite in many Latin clubs and bars. Jorge’s hobbies include dancing, acting, and working out. Jorge is a lover of animals and nature.

Jorge hopes to help unite the LGBT community and remove the lines of race and color. Being Mr. Orgullo Latino Kandy stepped into the spot light and Las Vegas 2016 is a dream come true started her performing career in 2008 for him as he always dreamt of being at the famous Back Door Nightclub able to represent his Latin community with Pride.


According to the Merriam-Webster, a superstar is “a star who is considered extremely talented, has great public appeal, one that is very prominent”. The Urban Dictionary’s top definition is “one who is unique and beautiful

both inside and out; a bright-shining Superstars. I hope you enjoy reading about these incredible individuals who and/or lovely thing to behold”. make a difference in our lives through As we celebrate LOVE, DIVERSITY and the organizations they represent and PRIDE, we would like to honor some their dedication and commitment to of our outstanding community PRIDE our community. Midland, Texas and is semi-retired. The story is that these two people from two different parts of the country met in a bar in Midland, Texas. Later, they partnered as a couple. And, in 2008 they married in Palm Springs. They are two of the most unassuming individuals that you would ever meet. But, to us, they are two of the most important individuals we can call supporters of The Center. We call them the “dynamic duo.”

Clair & Lyndon moved to Las Vegas in 2014 after Clair retired. One of the first things they did when they arrived here is that they both signed up to be volunteers at The Center.

Amid celebrating “Parasols in the Park,” this year’s Picnic By Design event on April 30 at World Market Center served as the backdrop to the honoring of Three Square Food Bank as it’s “Organization of the Year” and presented its “Volunteers of the Year” award to Clair Koetitz and Lyndon Marquez of Las Vegas.

Since then, they have become a vital part of an extensive network of community activists and volunteers committed to making a difference. Together they have joined others in supporting the efforts of such community partners as Las Vegas Pride, Golden Rainbow, and Human Rights Campaign.

“Clair and Lyndon stand out among over 270 volunteers at The Center. I’m so impressed that our corps of volunteers is, once again, a vital and valuable lifeline for The Center. I’m similarly thrilled that The Center will be honoring two individuals and an organization that continually make a difference in our community,” said Dimengo. “It was a thrill that many from our community turned out to give voice to the honors that we want to bestow upon these generous individuals.”

“When you ask these folks to volunteer, you always get a ‘two-fer,’” said Michael Dimengo, CEO of The Center. “Where one is, the other is.” Clair is a native of central Montana, retired from British Petroleum. Lyndon is from

At another event in June, Clair & Lyndon were honored at the Philanthropy Celebration by Golden Rainbow for the outstanding volunteer work for that organization also.

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that has not felt the positive impact of their presence and support. Having just celebrated their 8th anniversary, this dynamic duo is rarely apart, especially in their acts of service.

Pride Superstar Bob is a steadfast beacon of support for The Center, having accrued close to 500 hours of volunteer service at the information desk, in the ACT III senior program, and at many events. Bob is happy to serve whenever The Center puts out the call for extra help.

Chuck and Andrew are core members of the Las Vegas Human Rights Campaign (HRC) volunteer committee, who regularly rise to leadership positions in representing HRC while providing direct assistance to partner organizations all over the valley. They are even members of the HRC Federal Club, which helps to elect fair-minded candidates, both locally and nationwide. If Chuck and Andrew are not attending a fundraiser, you can find them serving food at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission or dressing as elves to bring joy to local families at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest. In addition to being PRIDE Superstars, they have been recognized for their ongoing commitment to The Gay and Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada with their acceptance of the 2015 Volunteers of the Year Award. They were also granted the honor of participating in Golden Rainbow’s 2016 Ribbon of Life performance. Chuck and Andrew Stutz are pillars of our community and are an inspiration to all who know them.

Cindi has been a tireless volunteer for The Center’s ACT III senior program and lesbian groups, and has served as the friendly photographer at many Center events. A Pride Superstar, Cindi is passionate, kind, creative and talented individual, Cindi is tireless in her devotion to making the world a better place for all.

Chuck and Andrew Stutz are two of the most dedicated and compassionate members of our community! You would be hard-pressed to find an event or organization Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 21


WHAT A WONDER, THAT WOMAN! (A TRIBUTE TO 75 YEARS OF WONDER WOMAN) By Paul Cieslewicz

I grew up watching the most “manly” TV shows possible. The Dukes of Hazzard, The Fall Guy, Riptide, even B.J. and the Bear were staples of our family’s viewing experience. I, on the other hand, longed to watch Lynda Carter do her signature twirl as she transformed into Wonder Woman. Of course, I was relegated to the occasional glimpse here or there, but never a full episode did I see. Wonder Woman first appeared in December 1941 in All Star Comics #8, and was created by William Moulton Marston. My first real exposure to her, however, wouldn’t happen until 1985 in the pages of DC Comics’ Crisis on Infinite Earths, a 50th anniversary comic book miniseries celebrating DC’s entire stable of superheroes. Unfortunately, in the final issue of the comic, Wonder Woman was caught in a blast from the AntiMonitor, which didn’t kill her outright, but devolved her back to the clay material that her mother, Queen Hippolyta, had used to form her in the first place. Scratching your head yet? I know I was trying to figure out what the hell just happened. Did I really just witness the end of a classic character that I waited years to follow in the first place?! It wasn’t until 1987 that DC Comics finally relaunched Wonder Woman in her own solo series, with the man who drew me into comic book collecting, George Pérez, at the helm as plotter

and penciler. His amazing art, which I had initially seen in Crisis, was on full display yet again for the Amazonian princess. Pérez even jettisoned a few of Wonder Woman’s eccentricities in order to make some things more sensible. She now had been gifted by the gods with the power of flight, for instance (no Invisible Jet here!). I was hooked! Actually, had it not been for a brief period where I did not pick up the series after Pérez stopped doing the artwork (I was in mourning!), Wonder Woman would’ve beat Suicide Squad as my first complete series that I had collected.

Years later I would finally meet my idol, George Pérez, at the Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con in 2014. As luck would have it, however, while I was able to find all of the issues of Crisis for him to sign for me, I was not able to locate the Wonder Woman issues in time. Sadly, they remain unsigned. Now, as Wonder Woman hits her 75th birthday, she’s making a splash in a big way. After being one of the few highlights of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman will finally have her own big screen adventure in 2017, becoming the first female superhero to have her own film (sorry Black Widow). The US Postal Service is honoring her by giving her her very own “Forever” stamp this October. Even the Invisible Jet has become part of the celebration, with a full size replica featured at this year’s San Diego ComicCon. And although Lynda Carter will not be seen in Wonder Woman (I still think she should’ve played Queen Hippolyta), she will return to television playing the President of the United States in Supergirl on The CW. While she has spent much of her existence being overshadowed by Superman and Batman, Wonder Woman’s time to receive the attention that is due her has finally come. Let’s see anyone (yes, even Cher and Madonna) look this good at 75. Happy 75th, beautiful! Here’s looking forward to your 100th!

George Pérez (left) with Paul Cieslewicz (right)

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alcohol free zone sponsored by the Prime Timers located near the main stage where you can relax and enjoy the entertainment. The festival will remain a tobacco free zone again this year thanks to our sponsor Crush. Don’t drink and drive or don’t want to put up with parking and traffic, utilize Uber and Lyft, they are also sponsors and will drop you at the front gate, the most convenient way to get to the festival! Save your appetite for our international cuisine featuring nationally franchised Mexican and Chinese selections as well as menus with local flair from barbecue, pizza and home cookin’. We will also satisfy the sweet tooth in all of us with frozen drink concoctions and tasty fried confections. Don’t forget the many bars and soft drink areas also available for your enjoyment. * EXPECT SOMETHING NEW * This year, those attending the Nighttime PRIDE parade can satisfy their appetite by visiting the newly added food truck vendors near the COX Communications area and behind the Grandstands.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THIS YEAR’S PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL By Clair Koetitz | Photos by Barbara Maeker

Start your PRIDE weekend off with one of America’s only nighttime PRIDE parades, sponsored by MGM Resorts International. There are over 100 entries and more than ten thousand spectators. The annual PRIDE Parade has become the place to be and be seen for the Las Vegas Valley. The parade preshow will take place on the stage at 4th St. and Bridger Ave. commencing at 7pm with the parade starting at 8pm on 4th St. going north from Clark St. to Ogden Ave. We are also remembering Orlando at the beginning of the parade. This year’s 24 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

Parade Grand Marshall is Phyllis A. James, the Executive Vice President and Special Counsel for Litigation and Chief Diversity Officer for MGM Resorts International. Be sure to set your DVR for the rebroadcasts exclusively on Cox Cable. The PRIDE Festival grounds at the new location, Sunset Park, will open at noon on Saturday. Las Vegas PRIDE is partnering with the Human Rights Campaign to help man the main entrance to the festival again this year. Bring your entire family to our new

A new area this year at the Festival is an “Arts” area. Self-expression is so important to the LGBT community. To outsiders, we may be described as “colorful” (or “crazy”), but gay culture’s nature to creatively express is more than skin deep. This creativity of expression can be seen in so many elements of gay culture: drag, drama, dance, music, art, etc. As we come together to celebrate PRIDE for our LGBT culture, we are excited to include an area dedicated to creative expression at the Las Vegas PRIDE Festival! Let it OUT! Las Vegas PRIDE invites you to express yourself and share your art, talent, words, and emotions in our artistic expression installation at this


year’s Festival! We will have dedicated space for performances, vending of artistic creations (crafted jewelry, art, clothing, etc.), join us and add your contribution to creative expression! In addition to space for performance and craft, we welcome you to contribute to our We Are Orlando installation. This piece will stand in our Festival and will welcome creative contribution from our attendees words, thoughts, art - will be drawn onto its surface throughout the twoday event. Following the Festival, Las Vegas PRIDE hopes to find a permanent home for presentation of our community’s expression of their creative talents to express PRIDE for each other and our community! Entertainment is a big part of any PRIDE Festival and this year we will have two stages packed with a variety of entertainment. The stages are sponsored by Caesars Entertainment and Cox. We are working hard to get some great new faces in front of the audience. With two days to fill this is no small task, the Entertainment committee is working hard to finalize the lineup for the event and we will publish an online entertainment guide closer to the actual event, some of the current lineup is Chippendales, Human Nature and 53X. Stay tuned for additional announcements closer to the date. Glen Lerner is sponsoring a fantastic dance area where you will be able to dance the day and night away with fantastic DJ’s for your entertainment. There will be over 100 vendors plus more than 50 non-profits participating this year, among the many vendors there will be gift ideas, clothing, food items and many informational opportunities. Some of the exciting items will be: What-A-Mug, Cutting Edge Pride, Wow Candy, Go Software underwear, Pride Socks and many many more.

A new area this year will be The Center of Diversity area, featuring the programs that are available at The Center, along with a youth stage, t-shirt stenciling, face painting, henna tattoos and many other engaging projects to enjoy and find out what The Center has to off to the community. Along with The Center’s area we will have a Kids Zone for the younger attendees.

at 9:30am. Immediately following the walk, participants are invited to join in the fun at the PRIDE Festival.

The fun doesn’t end there; we will have a Softball tournament put on by our Las Vegas Gay Softball League and they encourage fans to come checkout the game, walk over to the festival, grab a bite to eat and a beer then head back over to enjoy another The Festival doesn’t end on Saturday game. The games will begin around night, we have added an extra day 9:00am Sunday. of PRIDE fun on Sunday. We will kick off Sunday with a Church service and These are just some of the great Mass Wedding at 10:00am on the activities scheduled for this year’s Caesars Stage conducted by MCC-LV. PRIDE Festival, we look forward to seeing each of you at the new exciting (See pages 128-129) location with many fun events, PRIDE Pets is back both days with an vendors, food and activities. expanded presence. See the article in this issue for further details. Along PRIDE week is packed with activities with the pet area there will be a so put us on the calendar for all the Tails & Whiskers Doggie Walk and a events culminating with the PRIDE costume contest for you and your pet Parade October 21st and the Festival Sunday morning at 11am, so be sure October 22nd and 23rd. to dress to impress, registration starts Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 25


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LGBT COMMUNITY DIRECTORY NIGHTLIFE | BUSINESSES | COMMUNITY RESOURCES | SPIRITUALITY

GAY BARS Badlands Saloon

953 E. Sahara Ave. #22 Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 792-9262 facebook.com/ BadlandsSaloonLasVegas Open 24/7, Gaming, No Cover

Bastille on 3rd

1402 S. 3rd St. Las Vegas, NV (702) 385-9298 bastillelv.com Open 10am-2am, Gaming, No Cover

Charlie’s Las Vegas

5012 S. Arville Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89118 (702) 876-1844 charlieslasvegas.com Open 24/7, Gaming, No Cover

The Eagle

3430 E. Tropicana Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89121 (702) 458-8662 facebook.com/thelasvegaseagle Open 24/7, Gaming, No Cover

Fun Hog Ranch

495 E. Twain Las Vegas, NV 79169 (702) 791-7001 funhogranchlv.com Open 24/7, Gaming, No Cover

The Garage

1487 E. Flamingo Rd., Suite C Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 440-6333 thegaragelv.com Open 24/7, Gaming, No Cover 32 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

The Phoenix

Piranha Nightclub

Quadz Video Bar

The Locker Room

Spotlight Lounge

BUSINESSES

4213 W. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89102 (702) 826-2422 facebook.com/thephoenixlv Open Noon – 4am, Gaming, No Cover 4640 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89169 (702) 733-0383 quadzbar.com Open 24/7, Gaming, No Cover 975 E. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 431-9775 spotlightlounge.com Open 24/7, Gaming, No Cover

4633 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89169 (702) 791-0100 piranhavegas.com Open Nightly 10pm, No Cover 700 E Naples Dr #111 Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 444-4004 facebook.com/thelockerroomlv Open 3pm-3am

LAMBDA Business Association

GAY NIGHTCLUBS

4015 Maryland Pkwy Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 893-2088 lambdalv.com LGBT Business Directory & Guide

Flex Nightclub

The Black Room

Goodtimes Nightclub & Bar

Entourage Vegas

Krush Las Vegas

Get Booked

4347 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89102 (702) 878-3355 flexlasvegas.com Open 24/7, Gaming, No Cover 1775 E. Tropicana Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 736-9494 facebook.com/goodtimesbarlv Open 24/7, Gaming, Cover Varies 4740 Arville St. Las Vegas, NV 89103 (702) 331-7544 krushlasvegas.com Open Wed -Sun (Hours Vary), Hookah, No Cover

1000 E. Sahara, Ave, Ste 108 Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 685-8688 theblackroomvegas.com Las Vegas Fetish Shop 953 E. Sahara Ave., #19 Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 650-9191 entouragevegas.com Men’s Gym & Spa 4640 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169 (702) 737-7780 getbooked.com Underwear/Swimwear, Accessories, Novelties, PRIDE Merchandise


Hawks Gym

953 E. Sahara Ave., #35B Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 731-4287 hawksgym.com Club for Men

Onyx Theater

953 E. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 732-7225 Theater

Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire

Sin Sity Sisters SADAP

P.O. Box 46481 Las Vegas, NV 89114 desertempire.org

P.O. Box 60005 Las Vegas, NV 89160 (702) 592-6969 sinsitysisters.org

Leather Uniform Club (LUC) of Las Vegas

Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. (Las Vegas PRIDE)

lasvegasboysofleather.org

4001 S. Decatur Blvd. #37-540 Las Vegas, NV 89103-5800 (866) 930-3336 lasvegaspride.org

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Las Vegas Men’s Chorus

Southern Nevada Bi-Sexuals

Aid for Aids of Nevada

lasvegasprimetimers.com

1120 Almond Tree Ln. Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 382-2326 afanlv.org

Aids Healthcare Foundation (702) 862-8074 aidshealth.org

American Civil Liberties Union (702) 366-1226 aclunv.org

The Center

401 S. Maryland Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 733-9800 thecenterlv.org

Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada 714 E. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 369-8700 cccofsn.wix.com/ccc-new

Golden Rainbow

714 E. Sahara Ave. #101 Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 384-2899 goldenrainbow.org

HRC Las Vegas

hrc.org/lasvegas info@hrclv.org

lucoflv.com

Las Vegas boys of Leather

lvmenschorus.org

Las Vegas Prime Timers National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Nevada Gay Rodeo Association (NGRA) ngra.com

New Horizons Nevada

newhorizons-nv.com Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders

PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends, of Lesbians and Gays) P.O. Box 20145 Las Vegas, NV 89112 (702) 738-7838 pflag.org

Safety Specialized Alternatives for Family & Youth 4285 N. Rancho Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 385-5331 safy.org

Saint Therese Center HIV Outreach Center 100 E. Lake Mead Pkwy. Henderson NV 89015 (702)564-4224 sainttheresecenter.org

For more information about this directory or to suggest a correction or addition, please write to us at magazine@lasvegaspride.org.

Meet on the Second Monday of Every Month at The Center

Trevor Project Suicide Hotline for LGBT Youth 1-866-488-7386 thetrevorproject.org

SPIRITUALITY Community Spiritual Center 8125 West Sahara Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89117 (702) 451-4608 communityspiritualcenter.com

Metropolitan Community Church 1140 Almond Tree Lane Las Vegas, NV 89104 702-369-4380 mcclv.com

Northwest Community Church 101 S. Rancho Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89106 (702) 562-1897 nwcclv.org

SGI-USA Buddhist Center 2725 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89102 (702) 258-6489 sgi-usa-lasvegas.org

Unity Center in the Valley 3037 E. Warm Springs Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89120 (702) 435-3289 unitycenterinthevalley.org

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pertaining to color guard. It was then he realized he was being called back and that he really missed the activity. A video popped up on his Facebook screen and it was a LGBT group of spinners and then he realized that Las Vegas PRIDE does not have a color guard element in their parades. Edward reached out to the PRIDE Board and within a couple of weeks equipment, members, flags, membership forms, and music were organized. The Las Vegas PRIDE Spinners were born.

THERE’S A NEW SET OF FLAGS IN TOWN!

Las Vegas PRIDE Spinners rehearse every Saturday (pictured below) alternating locations of Desert Breeze and Sunset Park from 5:00p-8:00p. As a community outreach program we are always looking for new members. Aside from Las Vegas PRIDE Parades we are looking to perform at local events, parades, grand openings, festivals and sister PRIDE parades.

Please check out our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/LVPRIDESpinners and come down to one of our practicing to prepare for Las Vegas rehearsals to check it out. PRIDE’s 2016 Parade on October 21, and Festival October 22 – 23. Edward would like to send a BIG Thank You to our inaugural members, What’s color guard? Color Guard (or members of the color guard Drill Team) is a visual element, usually community, and the Las Vegas PRIDE part of a marching band or ROTC Board for making this happen. displaying colors utilizing flags and/or rifles.

By Ernie Yuen, Las Vegas PRIDE Executive Director

I guess you can show your age when in comes to classifying a group of people who do synchronized routines with colorful flags and raffles. Color Guard, Drill Team to name a few, and back in the day it was for “Women Only”, boy have things changed. Please meet Las Vegas PRIDE Associate Board Member Edward Chan, Edward is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Las Vegas PRIDE Spinners. Las Vegas PRIDE Spinners is a division of Las Vegas PRIDE, which follows our PRIDE mission statement: “To educate the community by invoking, promoting, and celebrating lesbian / gay / bisexual / transgender pride.”

Interested? This activity is open to EVERYONE! Young or old, gay or straight, boy or girl, man or woman, inexperienced or experienced.

After spending 10 years instructing at multiple high schools in the CCSD Edward retired in 2014. Even after Who are the Spinners and what do they retirement, Edward still spins his flag, do? The spinners are comprised of rifle and sabre nearly every day. members of the Las Vegas Community who hope to utilize their skills in color Edward is back in school and after guard to show love and equality at writing a couple speeches for his parades, special events and festivals. communications class he realized his Everyone is working very hard and first and second speech were both Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 37


YES, PETS ALLOWED

LAS VEGAS PRIDE FESTIVAL MOVES TO SUNSET PARK AND WELCOME PETS By Ernie Yuen

We want to provide the animal-loving public and consumers with the most comprehensive and exciting event possible. If you sell pet products or services, you owe it to your business to be at PRIDE Pets! We will also be hosting a Tails and Whiskers Doggie Walk at Sunset Park (picnic area “H”) on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Registration begins at 9:30am with the ribbon cutting and walk starting at 11am. All registered participants for the doggie walk will have free entry to the PRIDE Festival immediately following the walk. A total of 3 pet costume contests will also be hosted throughout the weekend. After all is said and done, we know that Las Vegas PRIDE Pets will be an event not to be missed for animal lovers and will become an annual tradition for those who attend our Las Vegas PRIDE Festival. PRIDE Pets Festival Area: (Please clean up after your pet.)

Woof! Expect a fun weekend out for yourself and the furry members of your family. The Las Vegas PRIDE Festival’s PRIDE Pets area will be the place to be and be seen with our best friends. Join us for PRIDE Pets to take in the spectacular exhibits, demonstrations, educational programs, attractions, pet adoptions and product samplings for pets. PRIDE Pets is all about community. Bringing PRIDE back to Sunset Park has made it possible to allow all attendees to bring their pets and be prideful together. Please be responsible and clean up after your pet. At the PRIDE Pets area we plan to have many attractions for adults and kids alike. There will be plenty of things to see, do, and buy. Las Vegas PRIDE Pets hopes to attract representatives

from all areas of the animal world, including manufacturers; interest groups; distributors; retailers; hobbyists; pet spas; veterinarians; holistic medical professionals; animal care professionals; animal shelters; breed rescues; and agility/training organizations.

Saturday, October 22, 2016 Noon to 6:00pm Sunday, October 23, 2016 11:00am to 5:00pm Tails & Whisker Doggie Walk: Sunday, October 23, 2016 Register 9:30am / Walk Begins 11am


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LAS VEGAS BAR & NIGHTCLUB SCHEDULE

HOURS | SPECIALS | NIGHTLY EVENTS | AMENITIES | LOCALS SPECIALS - BAR & NIGHTCLUB SCHEDULE CORRECT AT TIME OF PRINTING. EVENTS, PRICING AND OTHER INFORMATION IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. -

Badlands Saloon (702) 792-9262 / Badlands-Saloon.com

Open 24 Hours / Gaming Daily Special: 2-4-1 Drinks (Mon-Sat: 12pm-7pm & 1am4am / Sun: 2am-4am) Monday: $10 Well / $20 Call Liquor Bust & 1/2 Price Martinis (9pm-Midnight or 1am-4am Tues. Morning) Tuesday: Charity Bingo with Jimmy Emerson (8:30pm), $4 Absolut or $6 Domestic/$12 Import Draft Beer Pitchers (9pm-Midnight) Wednesday: Karaoke with DJ Eric (9pm-1am) $6 Domestic/$12 Import Draft Beer Pitchers, $3 Fireball Shots or $4 Jagerbombs (8pm-Midnight) Thursday: $1 Draft Beer Pints, $3 Cuervo Gold, $4 Absolut (8pm-Midnight or 1am-4am Fri. Morning) Friday: Drag with Jimmy Emerson (11:30pm) $4 Fireball Shots, $3 Blowjobs, $5 Absolut (9pm-1am) Saturday: Dance Music & GoGo Boys (9pm-2am) Sunday: Free Brunch Buffet (1pm - Until the food’s gone!) $2 Bloody Marys, $2 Margaritas, $2 Pint Micheladas, $3 Mimosas (2pm-10pm)

Bastille on 3rd (702) 385-9298 / BastilleLV.com

Open 10am-2am / Gaming Jukebox / Free Trivia Daily Special: 2-4-1 Drinks (11am-2pm & 4pm-8pm) Monday: 1/2 Price Martinis (8pm-11pm) Tuesday: Top Shelf Tuesdays - $3 Off (8pm-11pm) Wednesday: $3.50 Patron Silver Shots (8pm-11pm) Thursday: $3 Fireball or Jager Shots (8pm-11pm) Friday: $4 Absolut (8pm-11pm) Saturday: $4 Any Jack Daniel’s or Bacardi (8pm11pm) Sunday: $2.50 Well & $2 Off Signature Cocktails (8pm-11pm)

Charlie’s (702) 876-1844 / CharliesLasVegas.com Open 24 Hours / Gaming / Billiards / Darts Daily Special: 2-4-1 Drinks (3pm-8pm & 3am-8am) Monday: Karaoke with Wil (9pm-1am) Tuesday: Double Dare Game (9pm) / $2 Long Islands, $8 Beer Bust (9pm-Midnight) 48 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

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Daily Special: 2-4-1 Drinks (3pm-8pm & 3am-8am) Wednesday: Underwear Night - Guys in Guys Underwear Drink Free Wells & Select Beers Thursday: Free Line Dance Lessons (7pm) / 2-4-1 Drinks till 10pm Friday: Studs and Suds - Hot GoGos Shower on Stage (10pm) / $10 Well Liquor Bust, $20 Premium (9pmMidnight) Saturday: $8 Draft Beer Bust (9pm-Midnight) Sunday: $8 Draft Beer Bust (4pm-8pm) / 3-4-1 Drinks (8pm-11pm)

Flex Cocktail Lounge (702) 431-9775

Open 24 Hours / Gaming / Billiards / Darts Monday: Movie Mondays - Movies & Fresh Popcorn (7pm-1am) Tuesday: $2 Drafts, $2 Wells (7pm-Late) Wednesday: Dragaokie! (9pm-1am) Thursday: FlamBOYance Drag Show (11pm) Friday: Dance Party - GoGo Boys, Live DJ Saturday: What a Drag (11pm) Sunday: $4 Bloody Mary & Mimosa Specials (10am4pm) / Sing-Along Sundays (3pm-7pm)

Fun Hog Ranch (702) 791-7001 / FunHogRanchLV.com

Open 24 Hours / Gaming Daily Special: $2 Well & Domestic Beer (8am-Noon) / 2-4-1 Happy Hour (Monday-Friday 3pm-7pm) Monday: $4 Jager Shots, $3 Smirnoff Flavored Drinks (8pm-Midnight) / $1.50 Long Island Teas (9pm-2am) Tuesday: $5 Fun Hog Brew, $7 Bud Lite/Miller Lite or $10 Well Liquor Bust (9pm-2am) Thursday: $5 Fun Hog Brew, $7 Bud Lite/Miller Lite or $10 Well Liquor Bust (9pm-2am) Saturday: $5 Fun Hog Brew, $7 Bud Lite/Miller Lite Beer Bust (Noon-4pm) Sunday: $2 Well or $4 ABSOLUT Bloody Marys (8am4pm) / $5 Fun Hog Brew, $7 Bud Lite/Miller Lite Beer Bust (6pm-9pm)


The Garage (702) 440-6333 / TheGarageLV.com Open 24 Hours / Billiards / Darts / Shuffleboard Daily Special: 2-4-1 Drinks (11am-7pm)

Monday: $4 Absolut Cocktails / Beer Bust ($5 Domestic, $8 Import, 9pm-Midnight) Tuesday: $3 Fireball Shots / Liquor Bust ($10 Wells or $20 Premiums, 9pm-Midnight) Wednesday: $4 Jack Daniels / Beer Bust ($5 Domestic, $8 Import, 9pm-Midnight) Thursday: $3 Off Top Shelf Liquor Friday: $3 Cherry/Jager Bombs Saturday: Half Price Long Islands Sunday: $3.50 Patron Silver Shots / Liquor Bust ($10 Wells or $20 Premiums, 9pm-Midnight) / Beer Bust ($5 Domestic, $8 Import, 5pm-9pm)

GoodTimes (702) 736-9494

Open 24 Hours / Gaming / Billiards Daily Specials: 2-4-1 Drinks (3pm-7pm) / Lunch Specials (1pm-8pm) Tuesday: Karaoke Thursday: Insurgence Friday: Variety Fridays - American & Latin Pop Saturday: Latin Night

Krush Las Vegas (702) 331-7544 / KrushLasVegas.com

Open Wed-Sun / Hookah Daily Special: 2-4-1 Liquor & Draft Beer (12pm-9pm) Wednesday: Hip-Hop Remixed / 1/2 Price Hookahs / Vogue/Ballroom Dance Battle / Liquor Bust $10 Well or $20 Premium (11pm - 2am) Thursday: $2 Thursday You Call It All Night Friday: F**K It Fridays / $4 You Call It After 4am Saturday: Shirtless Saturdays / 1 Free Drink for Going Shirtless / $4 You Call It After 4am Sunday: Chocolate Sundays / Happy Hour $2 You Call It (10pm-11:30pm) / $2 Hennessy Shots

The Phoenix Bar & Lounge (702) 826-2422 Open 24 Hours / Gaming / Billiards / Food Daily Special: 2-4-1 Drinks (11am-7pm)

Tuesday: Funderwear Night (9pm-1am) / Underwear Night / Go Go Boys / $5 Liquor Bust Wednesday: Hump Day Happy Hour (9pm-1am) Thursday: Karaoke with Sheila (9pm-1am) Friday: Phired Up Fridays (9pm-1am) / Go Go Boys / Drag Show / Beer Bust Saturday: Brunch (11am-1pm) Sunday: Brunch (11am-1pm) / Karaoke with Sheila (9pm-1am)

Piranha & 8 1/2 Ultra Lounge (702) 379-9500 / PiranhaVegas.com

Open 24 Hours / Gaming / Free Billiards Daily Special: 2-4-1 Liquor & Draft Beer (12pm-9pm) Monday: 50% Off Drinks (4pm-9pm, with Industry Card) Tuesday: Piranha Idol Karaoke / La Noche at the Tropics (Drag Show at 2am) Wednesday: Boylesque Drag Show Thursday: Drag Queen Bingo (7pm-11pm) / $20 Unlimited Wells / Hot Body Contest Friday: Theme Party Nights - 2 Rooms, 2 Different Sounds / Hot GoGos Saturday: Theme Party Nights - 2 Rooms, 2 Different Sounds / After Hours (4am) Sunday: El Deseo / Sinful Sundays Goddess Show (1:30am)

Quadz Video Bar (702) 733-0383 / QuadzBar.com

Open 24 Hours / Gaming / Billiards / Darts Daily Special: 2-4-1 Drinks (Noon-8pm) Monday: Martini Monday - 2‐4‐1 Martinis and Drinks (12pm–8pm) Tuesdays: 2-4-1 Drinks (12pm-8pm) / Tasty Tuesday Liquor & Beer Bust (8pm–11pm) Wednesday: Game Night (8pm–10pm) / Free Pool All Night / Way Back Wednesday: Retro Music Videos with DJ Ricoché (10pm‐3am) Thursday: Poker Night – No Buy‐in (6pm) / Liquor & Beer Bust (8pm–11) / Free Pool All Night Friday: Fresh Fridayz – New Music Video Premieres & Your Requests! / DJ Ricoché (11pm‐4am) / Specialty Drinks and Shot Specials All Night! Saturday: All Request Saturdays - DJ Ricoché (11pm‐4am) / Specialty Drinks and Shot Specials Sunday: Boys & Brewz Beer Bust (4pm–8pm)

Spotlight Lounge (702) 431-9775 / SpotlightLounge.com

Open 24 Hours / Gaming / Billiards / Darts / Shuffleboard Daily Special: 2-4-1 Well & Domestic Beer (2pm-7pm) Monday: $10 Well, $20 Call Liquor Bust (9pmMidnight) Tuesday: $3 Jose Cuervo Gold Shots & $2 Dos Equis Draft (8pm-11pm) Wednesday: $3 Jagermeister Shot (8pm-11pm) Thursday: $3 Jagermeister Shot (8pm-11pm) Friday: $6 Long Island Ice Tea (9pm-Midnight) Saturday: $4 Jack Daniel’s Shot (9pm-Midnight) Sunday: $5 Well Martinis (8pm-11pm) Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 49


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From left: Liam wears the Surf Comber Swim Trunk by Andrew Christian, Don wears the Santa Cruz Bikini by Andrew Christian

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Above, from left: Erik wears the Almost Naked Sports Trunk, Daniel stands behind the Surfcomber Swim Shorts and Jordy wears the Momentum Trunk, all by Andrew Christian At right, from left: Jesus wears the Breakwater Trunk, Jordy wears the Plunga Bikini and Daniel wears the Venice Swim Shorts, all by Andrew Christian Opposite page top right, from left: Jonathan wears the Coast Swim Shorts, Don wears the Almost Naked Sports Trunk, Adam wears the Anchor Swim Shorts all by Andrew Christian Opposite page, bottom right, from left: Eric wears the Swift Bikini, Jonathan wears the Varsity Trunk with Show-It, all by Andrew Christian

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From left: Adam wears the Vivid Palm Trunk, Jesus wears the Vivid Palm Bikini, all by Andrew Christian

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LEADING THE WAY

THE 2016 LAS VEGAS PRIDE PARADE GRAND MARSHAL, PHYLLIS A. JAMES Phyllis A. James is Executive Vice President, Special Counsel for Litigation and Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer for MGM Resorts International. As Chief Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Officer Ms. James is responsible for leadership of MGM Resorts’ Corporate Social Responsibility initiative, including the Company’s diversity and inclusion, philanthropy and volunteerism programs and its Corporate Diversity and Community Engagement Department. Not only is corporate responsibility an anchor of our company’s character, values and culture, but today it is central to our employee engagement, customer and business expansion, and reputation growth. In her legal role she is responsible for management and supervision of Company litigation, including the coordination of outside litigation counsel. She also serves as a board member of, and special advisor and counselor to MGM Grand Detroit, LLC. Ms. James joined MGM Resorts in March 2002 as Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel, and then was promoted to Deputy General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer in 2009. Ms. James is a member of the State Bars of California, Michigan and Nevada (inside counsel) and has been admitted to practice before Federal District Courts in California and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Throughout her career she has been active in bar and civic affairs including work with the ABA Conference of Minority Partners in Majority Firms (founding member), the ABA House of Delegates, the State Bar of Cali-

fornia Minority Counsel Program, the State Bar of California Committee on Minimum Continuing Legal Education, the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, and the Bar Associations of San Francisco and Detroit. In 1991 she received the Award of Merit for outstanding contribution to the Bar Association of San Francisco. She served from 1997- 1998 pursuant to appointment by Governor John Engler on the State of Michigan Trial Court Assessment Commission, and in 2000 cochaired for the State Bar of Michigan the President’s Special Committee on Anti-Judicial Speech. From 2003-2004 Ms. James served as a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on the 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. From 20052008 she served as a board member of the American Bar Association’s Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity.

and philanthropic contributions. In 2015 Ms. James was admitted to the American Law Institute, the leading independent U.S. organization producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law. In 2016 the National Bar Association conferred upon her a Lifetime Achievement Award. Black Enterprise Magazine named her among the Top Executives in Corporate Diversity in 2016. Savoy Magazine recognized her as one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers of 2015, and as one of 2014’s Top Influential Women in Corporate America. In 2014, the Las Vegas nonprofit organization Señoras of Excellence and Señores of Distinction honored Ms. James for her philanthropic efforts, and with its Celebrating Community Badge the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada acknowledged her work to advance the roles of women in our society. In 2012, Uptown Professional Magazine selected her as one of the top 100 executives in corporate America, and in 2011 Black Enterprise Magazine listed her as a Top Executive in Diversity. In 20l0 she was credited by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Southern Nevada Chapter, with the Women of Distinction Award in Gaming, Hospitality and Convention Services. Ms. James serves as a director on several nonprofit boards, including The MGM Resorts Foundation, Habitat for Humanity Las Vegas, Nevada Legal Services Inc. and Grand Victoria Foundation (Chicago, IL).

Ms. James graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History and Literature in 1974 from Harvard/Radcliffe College after having received the honors of Phi Beta Kappa junior year, the Captain Jonathan Fay Prize and the lsobelle T. Briggs Fellowship for Graduate Study. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law Ms. James has received several recog- School in 1977. nitions for her legal accomplishments Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 61


HOSTS ANNUAL PRIDE NIGHT PARADE

Photo by Frankie Sanchez

GREG CHASE Greg Chase, Corporate Director of Guest Experience for MGM Resorts International, is excited to bring his charismatic personality to the stage for his 3rd year hosting the Las Vegas PRIDE Parade. No stranger to the Las Vegas hospitality community, Greg has emceed and hosted multiple public & private events throughout the Las Vegas Area, including Las Vegas PRIDE’s National Coming Out Day celebration where he married 8 LGBT couples on the heels of the legalization of Marriage Equality in Nevada. Greg is active in the Las Vegas & LGBT community, serving on the Board of Advisors for the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association as well as supporting multiple philanthropic efforts such as the St. Baldrick’s Foundation as well as through his involvement with the MGM Resorts International LGBT Employee Networking Group. Greg moved to Las Vegas 6 years ago from Orlando, Florida where he worked with the Walt Disney World Resort. He looks forward making time to support the Las Vegas LGBT Community any chance he gets. ANDREW RYAN Andrew Ryan was born and raised in Parker, Arizona. Ryan’s love of the stage began in 3rd grade performing in school plays and participating in the drama program through high school. He was a member of the school band playing clarinet and saxophone. He also participated in Yearbook, FFA Club, 4-H, Swim Team, and 4 years with the Arizona Western College Dance Team. Ryan’s higher education includes an Associate Degree in design, general studies at Yavapai College, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona

State University in Design Management. In 2008, Andrew relocated to Las Vegas and honed his craft as a Female Celebrity Impersonator. Performing in night club and casino showrooms, Ryan is best known for his showgirl illusions and elaborate costumes. He can be seen nightly at Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas at the Linq Showroom! Follow him on Instagram @andrewryandiva

AWARDS

All contingents participating in the annual Las Vegas PRIDE Night Parade are judged as their contingent passes the parade grandstand for the following awards: Best Walking/Marching Contingent Best Decorated Vehicle Best Float

(Best Use of Lighting) Community Ally Award (Best LGBT Community Supporter)

Rainbow Award (Best Use of PRIDE Colors)

Hot Wheels Award (Best Motorcycle/Car Club)

Painted for the Gods Award (Best Drag Entry)

Grand Marshal Award (Best Overall Decorated Vehicle)

LGBT Diversity Award

Parade Director Award (Best Overall Float)

You Light Up My Life Award

Grand Diva Award

PRIDE PARADE PRESHOW Please join us for fun surprises and amazing drag entertainment at the Las Vegas PRIDE Parade Preshow hosted by Las Vegas PRIDE Bingo Host Adrienne Alexander (pictured at left) and Jennifer Warner (pictured at bottom left). The show starts at 7pm and is best viewed from the Parade Grandstand at the corner of 4th Street and Bridger Avenue. Make sure to arrive a little early as seats fill up quickly! While you enjoy the show, make sure to stop by either of the two food and beverage areas near the grandstand. Remember, you can take Uber to the parade! The pickup and drop off area is located behind the grandstand at S 3rd St. and E Bridger Ave.


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March To Equality at Las Vegas Pride

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MAKE YOUR STEPS COUNT CIRCLE THE GLOBE WITH MARCH TO EQUALITY By Jean Napier

of all genders, races, and backgrounds to unite for a global dialogue on equality. “To start the dialogue, it only needs a smart phone and Internet access. You simply upload a selfie of yourself (or with friends) taking a step or video; within just seconds you have contributed to an important global cause. Your social media friends can follow your example and invite their friends in other countries,” Stephan says. MTE will be looking forward to the moment where Las Vegas PRIDE Executive Director Ernie Yuen will announce the steps taken during the 2016 PRIDE parade. Stephan is positive that “Las Vegas can do the million steps”. All it takes is participants to login to MarchToEquality.org/login and share their steps in social media, using the hash tag #MTEatLVPride. All steps taken will be accumulated towards the Equality World Record that MTE wants to achieve in the next three years.

It takes 50 million steps to circumnavigate the Earth around the Equator. Las Vegas PRIDE takes on this challenge by inviting this year’s PRIDE participants to add at least 1M steps to the March To Equality campaign. The most expansive march in history supporting full LGBT equality is the brainchild of German Film and TVProducer Stephan Anspichler, pictured at right, who will visit Las Vegas PRIDE for the first time this year. “I can’t wait to get to Las Vegas and celebrate with the community. MTE is a fun initiative that anyone, anywhere around the world, can be part of. We are proud that Las Vegas PRIDE partnered up with MTE to demonstrate that we are one global family working towards universal Equality.”

Stonewall’s 50th anniversary on June 28, 2019. Every step taken anywhere in the world and uploaded on to the MTE website, is automatically fueling a global conversation for LGBT related topics. MTE wants to connect people

Be part of this global initiative. Log on, be counted in this March to Equality during the Las Vegas Pride. For further information on MTE at Las Vegas PRIDE, please go to: MarchToEquality.org/LVpride

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Feel free to bring the kids, a dish to share and enjoy the day with your family and friends. This is our biggest picnic of the year and we expect a huge turnout. Don’t miss this fantastic, free, must-not-miss event!

BETTY’S PRIDE BBQ AND PICNIC

LONE MOUNTAIN DISCOVERY PARK - PICNIC AREA B Join the Betty’s (Las Vegas’ largest Lone Mountain Discovery Park (Picnic lesbian social group) on Sunday, Area B). The park is located at 4445 October 16 from 11:00 am to 1:00 North Jensen Street. Hot dogs and pm for a PRIDE BBQ and Picnic at

Don’t worry if you aren’t a Betty yet, you’ll have the opportunity to sign-up at the picnic, it’s quick and easy. Betty’s Outrageous Adventures is an organization that plans social and active events for the Las Vegas lesbian community. For more information about the Bettys please visit their website: www.bettysout.com or call: (702) 636-8552

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E: Why Music? Z: Music isn’t a choice I made. It is an inevitable part of my nature, it’s in my blood. E: Who was your inspiration growing up? Z: That’s easy Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, and Prince. E: What style of Music do you represent? Z: World Pop Music. I can sing in any language that you want. E: You have a unique sense of Fashion. Does it come from the same place as your music? Z: No it comes from the very deepest part of the left side of my brain. And it manifests itself in eccentric otherworldly visions. E: Do you design all your costumes? Everything is so different. Z: I co-design everything. I work with a team of engineers and designers who help to bring my visions into reality. E: Vegas is known for our show girls, outrageous costumes, lots of bling and sparkle, we break all of the rules. Z: Ernie you just describe Z LaLa fashion sense. Unique. Bizarre. Eccentric. Outrageous and out of the ordinary. In other words, “The Art of Z LaLa.”

THE ART OF Z LALA An Interview of Z LaLa by Ernie Yuen

Z LaLa, is an American singer and songwriter best known for singing in 19 different languages, coming from a family of opera singers and theatrical performers, Z LaLa began singing at the early age of five. By the age of 14, she was doing performances at humanitarian events and school plays. Z LaLa is also well known for her eccentric costumes that bear resemblance to the outlandish style of Lady Gaga. I had a chance to talk with Z to see what makes her tick. 80 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

E: We are very excited to have you at Las Vegas PRIDE 2016. What can we expect? Z: Expect to be amazed. It will be a vision of gold, erotica and an explosion of energy emanating from the stage. How exciting can’t wait to see what you’ll do at our PRIDE Parade and our Las Vegas PRIDE Festival. Check out Z LaLa online at: www.zlalaofficial.com twitter.com/zlalazlala facebook.com/ZLaLaZLaLa instagram.com/z_lala


The more we are accepting of one another, the more we can grow as a community. My song & music video, “Beautiful”, is an example of what people of different races, religions, ages, sexual orientations, disabilities, and body types can do when they embrace each other. Unite and love. I hope people watch the video and are inspired to embrace their own flaws and others while being authentic to who they are. We are only here on this Earth for a short amount of time. Let’s make it count and make a difference. That’s my story, Happy Pride. David Hernandez Find David Online: www.DavidHernandezOnline.com Instagram: DHernandezMusic Twitter: DHernandezMusic Snapchat: DHernandezMusic Photos of David by Adam Bouska

MY STORY By David Hernandez

I grew up in a divorced family and was a raised by a single mother who gave birth to me when she was 16. My parents shared joint custody but the issue for who would have David this weekend or next week weekend was always a nasty battle. I spent most of my childhood being the go between for both parents who at the time were pretty much children themselves. In addition to this tumultuous period, I was also a kid that was interested in the arts like choir, band & theater. Needless to say, I didn’t really fit into what is was to be a “boy” according to social norms back then. I was teased a lot and barely had any friends until high school. All of this created issues within myself ranging from low self-esteem to insecurities to abandonment. But more importantly, back then I was gay and I just was afraid to say it.

Everyone that knows me, my friends, knew that I’m a gay. I have been comfortable in my own skin for a very long time. I decided to share it with the world for one reason. I had many younger LGBTQ fans around the globe that have messaged me over the years with their stories and their struggles. With my platform, I felt it my responsibility to share my story in hopes that someone, somewhere, would be inspired and maybe even change their lives. Why am I telling you all of this? People are hurting themselves and others because they are afraid to be who they are. Homophobia is still very much alive and thriving in the world and in the entertainment industry. Your sexual orientation isn’t a choice. Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 83


SUMMER NIGHTS WITH

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN By Randy Slovacek / Photos By Denise Truscello

For three years now, Las Vegas has celebrated pop music icon and LGBT favorite Olivia Newton-John at her critically acclaimed residency Summer Nights at the Flamingo Las Vegas. With a career spanning over 4 decades, over 100 million albums sold, four Grammy Awards, numerous Country Music, American Music, Billboard and People’s Choice Awards, an Emmy Award, ten #1 hits and more than 15 top 10 singles, plus starring in the most successful movie musical of all time, Grease, it’s no wonder she’s still “the one that we want.” Olivia’s show, Summer Nights, recently updated for Fall 2016, takes fans on a journey through her extraordinary life and career. The show features many of her hits including “Physical,” “Xanadu,” “Magic,” “Have You Never Been Mellow,” “Let Me Be There,” “If You Love Me Let Me Know” and “I Honestly Love You,” as well as songs from Grease, “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “You’re The One That I Want,” and of course, “Summer Nights.” “I am thrilled to be able to call Las Vegas home for a while,” says Olivia. “I have performed here many times through the years and have nothing but wonderful memories. I love playing to audiences at the Flamingo showroom. It’s perfectly classic Las Vegas.” Reviewing Summer Nights, the Las Vegas Sun wrote, “Newton-John remains nimble afoot and — most impressively — still possesses that lovely voice. Crucial to the appeal of Newton-John is her near-flawless voice. Some artists are recognizable the moment they start a song, and Newton-John is one.” The LGBT community has long embraced Olivia, and she’s returned the love. “I think the gay community are incredibly loyal fans. Indeed, they have been throughout my career. And

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I really appreciate that. Because they really are loyal to the artists that they love,” says Olivia. The vivacious 67 year old has appeared before tens of thousands of LGBTs around the world performing at major international gay pride events in Sydney, New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. And when she sings, “You have to believe we are magic, nothing can stand in our way,” it’s clear she believes in us. In January 2012, Olivia was one of the first A-list celebrities to speak out in support of marriage equality in Australia saying, “With respect to marriage equality, I believe that no one has the right to judge and deny couples who love each other the ability to make a marriage commitment. and expressing their deepest feelings Love is love.” from the most difficult to the most celebratory. It’s the hope that this Newton-John continues to create music can uplift hearts burdened by music that brings people together, grief while at the same time bring and resonates in our daily lives, comfort to the listener. whether for the dance floor or for more personal times. “As a group, it’s our intention with this album to create songs with a message Last year, she had her first #1 hit on the of compassion and hope,” said Billboard Dance Club chart with “You Newton-John. “They are for anyone Have To Believe” with her daughter facing a time of challenge in their life, Chloe Lattanzi becoming the first ever whether it is grieving a loss - or on the mother/daughter team to hit the top journey to health and recovery.” of that chart.

“LIV ON” – means “to thrive, to have hope and to remember.” The message is clear in the lyrics of the album’s title song: Live on, Live on Brighter skies will come again Cry the tears you cry And then live on, live on Love is all we leave when we are gone...Live on Loss and grief occur for many reasons - whether it’s losing a loved one, a relationship, one’s health, a pet, or a job, to name just a few. These are challenges that affect everyone, making the message of LIV ON universal. LIV ON will be released September 30, 2016, on all digital download outlets. And performances of Olivia NewtonJohn’s Summer Nights have been extended through December 3, 2016, due to popular demand. For ticket information, call 855-234-7469 or go to flamingolasvegas.com. You can visit olivianewton-john.com and follow Olivia on Twitter @OliviaNJ. Randy Slovacek is the author of The Randy Report - a daily LGBT blog covering pop culture, politics and entertainment news. Follow him at www.therandyreport.com

This fall, she will release her latest album titled LIV ON. Written and recorded with longtime friends, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky, the project is a collaborative, eleven-song collection intended for those who wish to transcend loss while walking a journey toward new-found meaning and hope. The inspiring new project grew out of the three artists’ personal experiences with loss and illness, which they all survived to “LIV ON” and celebrate each day with a depth of gratitude. This labor of love stemmed from the trio sharing their stories together Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 89


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eople often ask me how to be a better ally to the transgender and gender non-conforming communities. The first thing I tell them is try to put yourself in the shoes of a trans or gender non-conforming (GNC) individual. Imagine that the body you were born in is betraying you every day. Imagine the feeling that you were born in the wrong skin. Imagine looking in the mirror every day and seeing the wrong person looking back at you. That being said, there are some easy solutions to how to be a better ally to us: When you meet a transgender or GNC individual, never ask “What’s your real name?” When we tell you what our name is, that is our real name. Asking our “dead name,” or what our name used to be, is very shaming, uncomfortable and triggering. Our names have very personal meanings to us because we choose them to identify who we are, and they signify the start to a new life of being authentically real. What our name used to be doesn’t matter to us anymore and shouldn’t matter to anyone else, and it makes us feel invalid or not real. We are very real individuals with very real feelings, and our name is simply that, our name, no more questions need to be asked. If you’re not sure what someone’s name is, just ask, but don’t question it or our gender identity. It’s important to remember that if

BY BLUE MONTANA TRANSGENDER PROGRAM MANAGER AT THE CENTER

someone that identifies as transgender or GNC, we’re revealing a piece of very private information about ourselves because we trust the individual we’re revealing that to. It’s never appropriate to misgender someone as the opposite gender than they reveal they are, just to make yourself more comfortable. When you ask a GNC person what their gender is after they’ve told you that they identify as gender non-conforming, again it makes their journey through gender invalidated. It’s always ok to ask someone what their pronoun preference is; we’d rather have you ask than assume. When we choose to reveal our transgender status, we’re telling you — not everyone else — in confidence, so don’t be a tattletale! It’s never appropriate to tell other people about an individual’s gender status, or how they identify, unless you’re correcting someone who is disrespecting that individual regarding their gender identity. Always remember, just ask, if we don’t want to tell you, we’ll let you know that we’re not comfortable talking about it. Another thing that is important to

being a staunch ally is to show your support! If you see someone making fun of a trans or GNC individual, say something! If you stand by and say nothing, you’re complicit in the transphobia that is taking place. See something, say something, and stop the negative talk about us. Challenging transphobia isn’t always easy, but in order to be a good ally, its critical and essential to not allow negativity showed towards us. Lastly and most importantly, treat us like we’re human, like we matter, like we’re just as important as anyone else, because we are. We’re real people with real feelings, real emotions, that are usually already raw from verbal abuse we’ve suffered along the way at the hands of someone that’s transphobic; sadly that often includes our family. Being an ally to the transgender community is critically important to our self-esteem and to our survival. This year, we’ve lost 19 individuals to murder in the trans community because of people that weren’t allies. Stand for us, and we will stand for you. q

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SURVEY SAYS LGB YOUTH NEED OUR PROTECTION A

ccelerated action is needed to protect the health and wellbeing of our lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) youth, according to study results just released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Findings from the report, Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12, show that LGB students experience physical and sexual violence and bullying at much higher levels than their straight peers. The CDC discovered that LGB youth are significantly more likely to report:

• • • • •

Being forced to have sex (18% LGB vs. 5% straight) Sexual dating violence (23% LGB vs. 9% straight) Physical dating violence (18% LGB vs. 8% straight) Being bullied at school (34% LGB vs. 19% straight) Being bulled online (28% LGB vs. 14% straight)

These experiences can place LGB youth at substantial risk for series outcomes: • More than 40% of LGB students seriously considered suicide and 29% reported attempting suicide in the past year. • Sixty percent of LGB students reported having been so sad or hopeless that they stopped doing some usual activities.

• LGB students were up to 5 times more likely than other students to report using several illegal drugs. • More than 1 in 10 LGB students have missed school during the past 30 days because of safety concerns. The results above are based on results from two new questions regarding sexual identity and sex of sexual contacts in the 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), the principal source of data for tracking health risk behaviors among U.S. high school students. YRBS does not tell us why we see such disparities between LGB and straight students, but CDC says other research suggests the differences could be due to social isolation, lack of parental or caregiver support, or not being perceived as being masculine or feminine enough. CDC’s Dr. Jonathan Mermin says, “We all can raise awareness of the urgent prevention needs of LGB youth. But we must do more. Many of our current efforts address factors that can place any young person at risk. More work is needed to tailor these efforts and programs to the specific needs of LGB youth and to further understand their challenges. The information in this report is critical to our work to ensure all young people experience adolescence without threats of violence or bullying and become healthy and productive adults.” q


THE CENTER LAUNCHES MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES COUNSELING

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FLUX

Offered by Elements of Motivation Every Friday, by appointment only Individual and family counseling for the LGBTQ community will be offered at The Center every Friday by Lori Insera, MFT, from Elements of Motivation. Sessions will be billed to the client’s current insurance. Assistance is available to help clients without insurance obtain coverage through the Affordable Care Act. To schedule an appointment for a counseling session, call 702-331-4874 and let Jocelyn know you are calling from The Center. Counseling will take place in the health clinic for privacy and confidentiality. Once you have scheduled an appointment, check in at the front desk in The Center’s main lobby. If you have any questions, please email hreese@thecenterlv.org.

Coming Soon There is a place and time when a child is outed. Sometimes the child voices their own recognition of a difference in themselves to a parent, teacher, caregiver or trusted adult; other times it is beyond the child’s choice. This coming out time is full of fear and trepidation, as the child awaits a reaction and the witness to this life-changing event is forced to react or shut down. This moment, and the time following it, is pivotal. Life can get much better as families grow in understanding and support, or can fall to pieces as all involved struggle with fear and resistance. We want to be there for those families at this pivot point. Pivot is designed to support both the caregivers and the dependent, to provide counselor-led support, education and community to ensure health outcomes. Stay tuned for more details. Email hreese@thecenterlv.org with questions or to be informed when PIVOT launches.

Fridays 3:30–5 PM Starting in November Flux is a place for trans* and gender non-conforming youth to get support, become empowered and feel safe. We recognize the complexities in dealing with gender identity issues. We offer individualized services that encompass the needs of each person’s whole life circumstances and effectively address the individual’s internal and external struggles. Flux is open to ages 16 to 22 is led by licensed marriage and family therapist Lori Insera, every Friday 3:30–5 p.m., starting in November. Please contact hreese@thecenterlv.org with questions and to schedule an intake to evaluate insurance. q

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LGBT HISTORY

a community. To fully understand the significance of the recent victory for marriage equality, for example, we must understand what came before it––like the U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which struck down a ban on interracial marriage in 1967, By Beth Sherouse, former ACLS Public Fellow, HRC Senior Content Manager or the Civil Rights, Women’s Liberation In honor of LGBT History Month, here and communities, learning history in and Gay Liberation movements that are a few reasons why it’s important a way that includes people who look, formed the foundation for modern for everyone, not just members of the live and love like them can give them LGBT organizing and advocacy. LGBT community, to know about LGBT inspiration and hope for a brighter people, communities and political future. For LGBT adults, LGBT historical 3. Our Stories Matter. Many members figures validate our identities and help of the LGBT community still struggle movements throughout history: us remember that no matter what to have our voices heard and our 1. History gives LGBTQ youth (and challenges we still face and what experiences valued, and the historical adults) heroes and role models. messages we receive from anti-LGBT silences surrounding our identities Everyone deserves to grow up seeing people, we have always been and don’t exactly help that struggle. successful people who resemble always will be important and valuable Historical accounts that include LGBT people, whether we’re talking them and to whom they can relate–– members of society. about middle school textbooks, whether that’s people who share the same race or gender, or families 2. History helps us understand where college lectures or historical movies who look like the ones they might we are and where we’re going. or documentaries, make our lives one day want to be a part of. While History doesn’t just repeat itself, as and experiences visible. In turn, that far too many LGBTQ youth still feel the cliché suggests. Instead, it informs allows potential allies to understand isolated and alone in their families our present and affects our future as our ongoing struggle for equality.

THREE REASONS WHY EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW LGBT HISTORY

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I am the future of the LGBT community. I was married to a wonderful woman for 30 years. Now it’s time to be who I really am. Now I’m happy, authentic, and dating a wonderful man. I read EDGE on all my devices, because I have a whole future to look forward to and that’s where I want it to be.

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Same sex marriage rights are in part the result of Gay Pride. When Pride parades, events, movies, parties and discussions happen, LGBT people are seen for more than just a caricature of who we are. We are seen as real people: mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. Funny, silly or serious we become more than just a shadow to be afraid of.

WHY GAY PRIDE STILL MATTERS

(AND ISN’T JUST ABOUT PARADES AND PARTIES) By Mary Malia – Queer Voices

We call it Gay Pride. A series of events that happen in cities big and small that celebrates being gay in a straight world. It’s a powerful symbolic action that started after the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City when gays fought back against police brutality. Since then Gay Pride, which is usually the whole month of June, has expanded around the globe. This celebration of life, love and liberty isn’t just about parades and partying. It’s about the gay community being visible and belonging to a community, a town, a city, a nation and the world. It’s about spreading hope that not only are things getting better but things will continue to improve because we

The first time I attended a Pride Parade after coming out was a deeply meaningful experience for me. Walking in that parade wasn’t just about having fun; it was a declaration of personal self-acceptance. It was a declaration that I really was a part of the LGBT community and I didn’t want to hide it anymore. It was an amazing feeling to spend a whole day and evening hanging out with this mixed tribe of LGBT people who were celebrating being out and open about themselves. It was empowering. And today as I sit in Provincetown, Mass. enjoying a peaceful library space to write this post, I’m in awe of the community that has been created here. There’s pride in being out and open. Pride that comes from being able to hold your lover’s hand openly as you walk down the street. And in most of the USA, it takes a Pride Parade for LGBT couples to be able to do that.

won’t forget the battles, the lives lost and the pain suffered that now affords us a growing list of equal rights in the United States. But let’s not forget places like Russia, India or Uganda that have criminalized being gay or Gay Pride is about caring and doing anything that publicizes the responsibility. We do care for our community and we want to express LGBT lifestyle. that it is important. We want our Pride matters because it’s not always community to kick shame to the curb obvious that our world is built around and celebrate the amazing lives we straight privilege; which says it’s ok are living. We want to take pride in that the top NFL draft can kiss his our community activism, take pride girlfriend but our gay professional in our relationships and take pride in sports hero, Michael Sam is doing ourselves as individuals. something wrong by kissing his boyfriend on television. That kind of Gay Pride is the celebration of life, controversy needs to end. Gay Pride human rights and ultimately the right to love whoever we want. That is helps. always worth celebrating. Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 109


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I Knew I Was Jewish and Didn’t Know I Was Gay

Drinks, Dessert and A Conversation With a Gay Rabbi October 20 / 7 PM / FREE admission and drinks at Midbar Kodesh Temple 1940 Paseo Verde Parkway / Henderson, NV Dessert and Drinks reception to follow in The Teddy Roth Memorial Sukkah Rabbi Joel Alter received Rabbinic Ordination and earned an MA in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in 1996, with additional training at Jerusalem’s Shalom Hartman Institute. When ordained, Joel was closeted as Conservative Judaism then held that homosexuality was forbidden. A reversal of the traditional prohibitions was adopted in 2006 and, in 2012, Joel returned to JTS as the openly gay director of admissions for its fully inclusive rabbinical and cantorial schools. Joel has served in volunteer leadership with the Jewish GLBTQ.

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