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Las Vegas PRIDE has continued to be busy with our monthly Bingo at Alexis Park Resorts Hotel, both the January “Bling Bingo” and the February “Moulin Rouge Musical Bingo” were well attended. We continue to have record breaking crowds as the event grows each month. Mark your calendar for the first Wednesday of each month and join us for a fun evening. Don’t forget you can reserve your table by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. Please check our website for additional information on Bingo and other events scheduled throughout the year. Las Vegas PRIDE was proud to host this year’s annual meeting for Consolidated Association of Pride, Inc. (CAPI). This year we hosted the event at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino and had a wonderful attendance. CAPI is an organization inviting the Pride groups in the western half of the country encompassing Washington, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Hawaii and Mexico to get together and share ideas and best practices for their individual prides of any size. Workshops are held on 6 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine
how to, from fund raising, parade organization, insurance to Pride Pets! It is a great gathering to share ideas and meet fellow board members from other organizations. Along with the workshops and sharing, Las Vegas PRIDE treated attendees to Las Vegas style entertainment with tickets to Frank Marino’s Divas at The Linq and Cher at The Park Theatre at the Monte Carlo. A fantastic dinner gala was held at Gold Coast with entertainment provided by David Hernandez, Prince Poppycock, DJ Devi Dev and the incomparable Kristine W. CAPI continues to be a sharing group and now includes Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas and Oklahoma so it is truly a group that can share ideas to increase Pride’s in the western half of the country.
Sin Sity Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence held their annual Red Dress event at The Space. The annual event was a two day event this year with a Red Dress Review held at Charlie’s on Friday evening prior to the “Art in Sin” Red Dress on Saturday evening. Everyone in attendance at both events had a wonderful time and can’t wait to see what is planned for next year.
The Betty’s held a wonderful Valentines event February 11th at Westgate Resort Hotel a great time was had by everyone attending. The Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire held many events during the first couple of month of the year, beside crowning new royalty they held a Divesture, Investiture, King & Queen of Hearts crowing with additional events scheduled. Follow them on social media to keep up to Stay tuned for many exciting events date on their many wonderful events. including Pride Outside and of course BINGO, in the near future, we are Don’t forget to check the calendar sponsoring events with the 9th for ongoing events and remember Island Cultural Club of Las Vegas and Badlands Charity Bingo every Tuesday Organizacion Vaqueros Las Vegas. and the monthly Lambda Business Check the website or social media for Association Luncheon on the 3rd upcoming events. Wednesday of each month.
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2017 HRC Gala
Women’s March on Washington in Fabulous Las Vegas
Save the Date for Las Vegas PRIDE 2017!
Yellow Pants Prom
April PRIDE Family Quinceñera x2 Bingo
Super Ally Mervat Berry PRIDE Spinners
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Keyska Diva - Celebrity Stylist, Performer & Trans Idol
May PRIDE Family Grease Lightning Musical Bingo
The Center’s Open House Fiesta
Fashion: Beautiful Acceptance LGBT Community Directory
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Against All Odds
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Grief is the Word
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PUBLISHER Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. EDITOR Ernie Yuen LAYOUT & DESIGN Jake Naylor ADVERTISING Ernie Yuen, Lyndon R. Marquez & Clair Koetitz PHOTOGRAPHY Miguel Cortes, Marc Garcia, Barbara Maeker, Kate Nutt, Yev Z Photography, Denise Truscello ON THE COVER Olivia Newton-John, photographed at Olivia’s Gaia Retreat & Spa COVER PHOTO Kate Nutt CONTRIBUTORS AFAN, Danielle Aveyard, Shayla Chiaverini, Miguel Cortes, Kevin Crossley, Cristina Di Gioa, Keyska Diva, GLSEN, David Hernandez, Christilee (Hot Mess Boutique), Kyndra Jackson, Clair Koetitz, Briana Lake, Lyndon Marquez, Jamie Morris, Randy Slovacek, Tayla St. James, Rejoice Sunshine, Josh Terris, Emily Walter 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 firstname.lastname@example.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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March is Women’s History Month, which means it is time to reflect on the past milestones for women, examine the issues facing women today, and celebrate the incredible women who are working to change lives around the world. Lesbian, bisexual and transgender women make up some of the most important female figures in history and have made some of the most important contributions to history.
Tammy Baldwin served as the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate. Wanda Sykes is an openly lesbian comedian and actress. Anna Paquin is an out bisexual actress. Georgina Beyer was the world’s first openly transgender mayor and Member of Parliament. Today, LGBT women are still making history and shaping our culture. Ellen DeGeneres is one of the most popular figures in all of entertainment. Alice Walker is a Pulitzer Prize winner and one of the most beloved authors and poets in the world. Amanda Simpson is an aerospace expert and one of the first transgender presidential appointees to any federal government. And Iceland’s Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir is the first out lesbian head-of-state in the world.
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WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH Courtesy of GLSEN: This article originally appeared on the GLSEN Share Blog
Within the movement for LGBT equality, many of our trailblazers have been women. Barbara Gittings, Del Martin, Phyllis Lyon, Mandy Carter, Kay Lahusen, Stormé DeLarveri, Anne Kronenberg and LaWana Mayfield. Women allies played a big role moving our culture to where it is today. Figures like Janice Langbehn and Laurel Hester changed countless hearts and minds by telling their stories. And moms like Sirdeaner Walker, Judy Shepard, Elke Kennedy and Tammy Aaberg have fought through personal family tragedies to deliver messages of hope and inspire people to change. Despite the great strides LGBT women have made, there is still more work to do. Not only do women face more discrimination in employment than men. Transgender women, especially
transgender women of color, face a disproportionately higher rate of discrimination in employment, housing and several other areas compared to the general population, according to reports from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey. LGBT women also continue to face high levels of bias-motivated and intimate partner violence. A study by the Williams Institute of UCLA found bisexual women were at an elevated risk of facing intimate partner violence compared to lesbian and heterosexual women. In the 2011 report on anti-LGBT bias-motivated violence by the Anti-Violence Project, transgender women made up 40% of murder victims, but only 10% of violence survivors.
LIV ON, a collaborative eleven-track song cycle intended for those who are coping with grief while walking a journey toward new-found meaning and hope. Newton-John had planned on launching her residency at the Flamingo Las Vegas in the spring of 2013. But the sudden passing of her sister, Rona, sidelined the project for a year. Olivia needed the time to process the loss. Looking for music to help ease her journey through grief, she found there was little music available that directly addressed losses we experience in life. “It evolved out of grief. I lost my sister Rona to a brain tumor. It was sad and shocking, and of course I had a lot of grief,” says Newton-John. “I wrote a song for her, and I explained to my friends that it was the best way for me to explain my feelings. I asked my friend Amy Sky if she would help me with it. I said, ‘You know there’s not much music for people going through grief and loss.’ We talked about creating an album. I thought of Beth, a breast cancer survivor, who wrote an amazing song, ‘Sand and Water,’ when she lost her husband 15 years ago.” This inspiring new project grew out of all three artists’ personal experiences with loss and illness, which they all survived to “Liv On,” and celebrate each day with a depth of gratitude.
GRIEF IS THE WORD By Randy Slovacek
Inspired by the experience of losing her sister in 2013, international superstar (and LGBT ally) Olivia Newton-John spent much of last year 12 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine
with Songwriter Hall of Famer Beth Nielsen Chapman and SOCAN Awardwinner Amy Sky at the Palm Studios in Las Vegas writing and recording
We connect to memories through music during difficult times like the loss of a relationship, a pet, one’s health or even a job. While grief has no gender or sexual orientation, LGBTs experience with loss can sometimes be heightened due to prevalence of sexual prejudice, social stigma, heterosexist interpretations about grief and loss,
and lack of support. Without the support of family or friends, due to disapproval or lack of acceptance, the ache can feel exponentially greater. In times of loss, it’s natural that we turn to music for healing. According to grief counselor Marty Tousley, “Music can lift us up, take us out of our current mood, and transport us to another time and place. When we cannot find the words, a particular song may express our thoughts and feelings even better than we are able to do.” need of support to heal through this music. And so, the music we associate with personal aspects of our lives becomes With songs such as “Don’t Know a conduit to induce, express and What To Say,” “My Heart Goes Out process all kinds of emotional pain. to You,” “Immortality,” and “Stone In My Pocket,” the lyrics express “As a group, it’s our intention with this different phases of the delicate album to create songs with a message recovery process while validating the of compassion and hope,” said experience so the listener can heal Newton-John. “They are for anyone once again and soar. facing a time of challenge in their life, whether it is grieving a loss - or on the journey to health and recovery.” “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
For example, Newton-John explains, “‘Stone In My Pocket’ describes how when you first go through loss and grief, you feel like you are carrying a boulder. The grief comes in waves. Sometime’s it’s a pebble; sometimes it’s a grain of sand. But the stone in your pocket will always be with you. You just feel it differently.” The title song of the album, written for the launch of a new campaign for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, is about moving forward through stress and grief, and finding life afterwards. The campaign, also titled LIV ON, encourages people to share their own stories at onjcancercentre.org. LIV ON showcases the transforming power of music - to heal and shed light on the fact that it’s OK to grieve – and that the process is different for everyone. The message of LIV ON is clear and affirming: the reason we grieve is because we love, and therein lies the strength for healing.
With the fast-paced society we live in, we are often urged to “get over things.” However, for every individual, grief has its own clock. Olivia, Beth and Amy called upon their personal experiences in creating this collection of songs which will aid, uplift and comfort those working their way through the maze of grief and loss. While taking into consideration the many causes of grief, they hope to provide the unique ability for those in
Find more about the project at LIVONmusic.com. - - Randy Slovacek is the author of The Randy Report - a daily blog covering pop culture, politics and entertainment news for the LGBT community. Follow him at www.therandyreport.com Photography by Denise Truscello
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Welcome By Ernie “Pineapple” Yuen
March is Women’s History month and we dedicated our entire issue to all of the women in our lives. We celebrate their achievements and their contributions to our community. Beautiful Olivia Newton-John graces our cover and shares what’s new in her life in an exclusive article for Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine.
Comedy and Camp” will entertain you on March 25th at The Space. Las Vegas PRIDE Family Bingo will return on April 5th and May 3rd please save the dates for these amazing events which raise money for our community.
Don’t forget about 9th Island Cultural Club of Las Vegas’ 2nd Annual Mahalo Luau March 25th featuring five-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning Hawaiian musical group Waipuna. Do you remember the “Sunkissed” Also join us for a Mother’s Day Brunch pool parties at the Luxor many years on May 14th at the Texas Hotel and ago? We got to meet up and chat Casino. with the organizer, Mervat Berry. Read the story to see what’s going on Please support all of Las Vegas PRIDE’s in her life now. We have a fabulous sponsors (hotels, restaurants, retail fashion spread of beautiful women stores, fitness outlets, etc.). We would and a truly diverse blend. Thank you, fashion stylist Keyska Diva and your team for providing another great fashion pictorial. We also got to chat with Keyska; see what’s going on with this former Las Vegas PRIDE Royalty. We have a great story about the Women’s March that just recently happened. The entire world joined in support and our Las Vegas Community did their part as well. Read a firsthand account of the experience, it’s a great read. Plans are in the works for the “In Solidarity” National Pride March Rally in Las Vegas on June 11, 2017. We will keep you posted once we secure plans for this soon-to-be historic event. AFAN’s 27th Annual Aid’s Walk Las Vegas is happening in Sunday, April 23, at Town Square. Norma Llyaman and friends “Misbehavin’ - Champagne, 14 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine
not be able to produce this community magazine without the support of our advertisers and sponsors. 2017 Pride season is about to start and the west coast kickoff will be at Phoenix Pride on April 1 & 2. We have also confirmed Las Vegas PRIDE 2017 dates with the parade on October 20th and festival on October 21 & 22. We have over 10 days of events planned for you, and are currently seeking volunteers and Associate Board members. If you are interested in getting involved and giving back to your community, please contact us! The weather is beautiful, Spring is just around the corner. I hope you enjoy our Women’s Issue. Please enjoy the rest of your day, be safe and please be nice to one another. In Pride, Ernie “Pineapple” Yuen Executive Director Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc.
“Stronger together, we won’t fall! Justice, peace, and equality for all!” echoed throughout the streets of downtown Las Vegas as we marched. Donning our pink pussyhats and empowering slogans emblazoned across our homemade signs, we marched. Unbeknownst to us at the time, we were a part of the largest single-day demonstration in American history. Within 24 hours of Trump’s inauguration, an army of women and allies, roughly 15,000 strong, crowded the streets of downtown Las Vegas, demanding to be heard by the incoming administration in Washington. Our march was one of almost 700 peaceful demonstrations occurring simultaneously around the world. With one voice of outrage, from the streets of Denmark to the markets of Iraq, millions of women and their supporters came together to stand in solidarity against the impending oppression of the right-wing administration. We the people opposed Trump’s rhetoric, condemning it as sexist, racist, homophobic, and xenophobic. Our voices were united, declaring to Donald J. Trump that we would not silently accept the regression of our rights under the incoming administration. The National Women’s March in Washington D.C. was the primary demonstration, and included over a half million participants. Many of these women traveled from across the country, and even the world, to stand in the National Mall and make their voices heard. The National organizers responsible for the rally released a policy platform which addressed a range of issues; including reproductive rights, immigration reform, LGBTQ rights, healthcare reform, religious discrimination (primarily against Muslim Americans), gender and racial inequities, and workers’ rights. Some notable partnering organizations involved included the Nevada 16 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine
WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON IN FABULOUS LAS VEGAS By Cristina Di Gioa
National Organization of Women, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Battle Born Progress, and the Nevada Advocates of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. Here in Las Vegas, the signs were all supportive and uplifting; we were left with a feeling of hope. There were many men present as well, and some participants used the opportunity to make their opposition to some of Trump’s general stated intentions known, with signs reading “America IS great!” and “Don’t tread on our equality!” The march route began at the corner of 9th and Fremont St and ended at the steps of the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse on Las Vegas Blvd. While thousands of the first marchers waited for thousands more to complete their shared route, many speakers took the stage on the steps of the courthouse. Conversations could be heard all around me about why each woman, and each ally, chose to spend her or his Sunday standing up and protesting. Many specific issues were discussed, but all felt that their rights (or the rights of those they loved) would be under attack by the Trump administration. The issues I heard most frequently included restricting women’s access to healthcare, looming anti-immigration executive orders, and fears of disappearing LGBTQ protections. We Nevadans are fortunate to have so many politicians who are looking to keep the Battle Born State on the forefront of progress. Those politicians have been our allies in many social justice battles. Some of our local politicians who came to support the march included Congresswoman Dina Titus, Congressman Ruben Kihuen, State Senator Pat Spearman, State Senator Yvanna Cancela, Assemblyman Nelson Araujo, and County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani. Many of our officials addressed the crowd with messages of hope and support.
Roberta Lange, chairwoman of the Nevada State Democratic Party, also addressed the crowd with a rousing speech. As they should have been, the messages from all speakers were very supportive of women’s rights and minority rights. A particularly memorable quote from Congressman Kihuen, speaking about Latinos in America, was: “Not everybody [are] rapists and criminals. Some of us are members of Congress.” The speakers urged attendees to stay alert and involved in fighting for the rights they had gained during the Obama administration. One of the
most concrete calls to action came from Kiyana Asemanfar, of For Nevada’s Future, who had the crowd pull out their cell phones and save the phone number of Senator Dean Heller’s office. At her insistence, the crowd made an audible promise to call his office and voice their disapproval of the Trump administration’s stated intentions to “defund” Planned Parenthood. It is important to note that Planned Parenthood does not receive any dedicated federal funds. It only receives federal funds in the form of Medicaid and Title X reimbursement (which many medical clinics receive). Furthermore, federal funds cannot be used for abortion services (due to the 1976 Hyde Amendment), with three very narrow exceptions adopted in 1994 (e.g. pregnancy resulting from rape, incest, or when it results in a woman’s life being in danger). Fellow LGBTQ activist Gary Brewer, who marched by my side as an ally, remembers the march this way: “Standing among all those people, in that moment of time, it just felt like the right place to be at the right time. Looking back, we know we were a part of history, the right part of history, and we did our part to stand up and be seen, to be heard.” Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 17
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MERVAT BERRY SUPER ALLY By Briana Lake
Mervat Berry is a self-made business owner, ally, and mother, but she’s hardly stopping there. She’s agreed to sit down with us and discuss some of her next big business moves, and what it means to balance several flourishing businesses with philanthropy and motherhood.
my companies 10 years ago and I definitely sacrificed a huge part of myself throughout that time. That was one of the hardest things, just staying dedicated and keeping my eye on the goal through both the hard times and the great times. Your business can go up and down. I always try to stay positive and dedicated to my work, Q: You’ve been so successful in your and to focus on never losing sight of role as an entrepreneur, what are my goal. Regardless of what was going your suggestions for women looking to follow in your footsteps and grow their own businesses? A: One of my primary motivations is inspiring others, especially women, and empowering them to grow to their fullest potential. My biggest piece of advice to women that are just starting out would be to do their best to stay focused, positive, and dedicated. Dedication and sacrifice have been the largest contributors to my success, especially in the beginning. Now I’m getting to the point where I can relax a little bit and start to really enjoy my time, especially with my daughter, but for many, many years I sacrificed a lot of my social life. I started building 26 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine
on with the business, I stayed positive and I believed in myself. Q: If you had to give your 25-yearold self one piece of career or life advice, what would it be? A: I was a completely different person at 25 so this is tough, but if I look back I remember that I was spreading myself very thin. I own three separate companies, and I was very active in all three of my companies at that time; I tried to take on everything. I’ve since learned that if I spread myself thin I can be good at three different things, but I’m not going to excel in any one of them. I would tell my younger self to pick one thing, and to make that one project as amazing as I possibly could. I turn down so many different business opportunities now, even if they’re tempting, because I’ve committed to what I’m doing with the boutique and the tanning salon. If I decide to transition in a couple of years that’s fine, but I’m committed to my current project, and to making it the very best that it can be. Q: Tell me a little about your businesses? A: I started out with an event production company, and that’s how
and on top of that, I am excited to announce that we will be going live with the boutique’s website within the next couple of months, which should be a really exciting expansion. Q: Tell me about your involvement with the LGBTQ community and with PRIDE?
I first became acquainted with PRIDE. I’ve put on a lot of LGBTQ events, and I am the original founder, creator, and producer of Temptation Sundays, the first LGBTQ pool party on the Las Vegas Strip. Luxor is actually still hosting that event to this day. I went on to produce Hydrate Sundays at Mandalay Bay, and then the Sunkissed Sundays pool party which I transitioned into my first Sunkissed Tanning Salon location in 2014 and within a couple of years I had opened a second location. I expanded the second location with a full women’s retail boutique which features 2,000 ft. of handbags, jewelry, accessories, jeans, shoes, tops, dresses, and one-of-a-kind, high quality items, and we were so excited to become the official tanning
salon of The Chippendales. We offer services such as spray tanning, UV tanning, red light therapy, body wraps for weight loss, and a large variety of other services at our tannins salons
My involvement with the community started with my LGBTQ pool parties, Sunkissed Sundays and Hydrate Sundays. I also really enjoy giving back to the community, and every Sunday we would have a different charity organization at the events, so PRIDE was there several times. We had all sorts of organizations there, and proceeds from the beer buckets that we sold would go to that organization that would also be there representing their mission and outreach. Having the opportunity to give back like that was really important to me, and it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with PRIDE. I still do a lot of work with PRIDE with my tanning salon and boutique, including donations for their bingo, and I place ads in the magazines. I am always more than happy to give back and help in any possible way that I can. While I donate to many organizations, a piece of me is definitely tied to the LGBTQ community. It’s grown to be such a big part of me, my career, and my friends; it’s just built into me now after many, many years of working together.
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my attitude aside when dealing with certain models or celebrities! Q: Are there any obstacles in your career that you have faced as a woman, that you feel that men in the same position may not face, and are there any particular advantages? A: Fortunately, the fashion industry is largely run by women, so there are not as many obstacles based on gender. If anything, as a stylist working with models and designers, I find that they are often more comfortable working with and taking fashion advice from a woman or a gay man. My long term goal is to open my own modeling and stylist agency, so I think that I may face some new challenges as a woman business owner.
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Celebrity stylist, performer, and trans idol; Keyska Diva holds all of these titles, and her resume continues to grow. From her humble roots, to styling celebrities and rocking a pair of heels like nobody’s business, Keyska has fearlessly blazed a trail for other young trans women; her persistence and hard work has served her well, and she hopes to inspire other young women to pursue their dreams. Q: Were there any challenges that you face during your transition that you would like to share with other young women? If so, how did you overcome these challenges? A: My main challenge turned out to be myself. Growing up in my generation there was no Caitlin Jenner or Laverne Cox to look up to, so I had no role model in the media to look up to. It took me awhile to feel comfortable enough with myself to tell my family, who I am very close with, that I
A: Russel Frank is my mentor, and I am truly honored to have met him. I have learned so much from him, not only in my career as a stylist, but in my personal life as well. He took me in under his wing years ago, when I was first starting out, and we remain close friends to this day. While working with him I have had the great pleasure of styling celebrities such as Christa White, Don Benjiman from “Americans Next Top Model”, Nicole Murphy ex-wife of Eddie Murphy, Q: If you could give your 25-year-old and Eden Sasson from the TLC reality self one piece of career or life advice, show “Global Beauty Masters”. what would it be? In addition to thanking my amazing A: Don’t second guess yourself, and mentor, I also want to give a shout don’t turn any job down! I started out to my team. To my styling out as a volunteer, moving chairs assistant Anthony Ellis, makeup artists and stacking shoes for runway shows Josh Terris and Steven Mack, Kevin wasn’t glamorous, but from my Crossley, and, of course, Yev Zakarkin. position there I meet Russel Frank, I truly love working with all of you. I and he gave me the opportunity that I am also very grateful to the owners of needed to grow my career. Don’t ever the Phoenix, you have always helped think that you’re too good for anything me and supported me in every aspect that comes your way. My last name is of my career, and I love you all more Diva after all, and even I’ve had to put then you know. wanted to transition. Thank God that I was blessed with such a loving, supportive family that was so very accepting. Even to this day, they are my biggest fans in everything that I do. My biggest advice to younger trans kids would be to be stay strong; this lifestyle is very hard and there will be challenges. Don’t give up, and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough, or bring you down.
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Danielle (seated) wears a chiffon blouse $25 and Shire black bra and pantie set $60. Sweetie (standing) wears a black/gold bow tie $15, striped â€˜Mobstersâ€™ vest $18, Strappy black bra and pantie $50. 40 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine
Emily (seated) wears a vintage pink silk with black lace night set $40. Shayla (center) wears a high wasted black and white vintage pantie and bra set $40. Sweetie (right) wears a vintage cream slip $35.
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Danielle (seated) wears a burnt orange lace bra and pantie set $30, and cream floral cover up with fringe $24. Tayla (standing) wears a black and white lace bustier with garters $45, and black chiffon cover up with fringe $30
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Kyndra (left) wears a 100% Tired crop tee $20, and pink/black bow tie $15. Shayla (center) wears a Dogs B4 Dudes tee $20. Danielle (right) wears a Tiger crop tee $15, and ‘Barbie’ bow headband $6
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Standing From Left: Kyndra wears a black strap bra and pantie set with stockings and garters $50. Sweetie wears a black vintage bra and pantie with fish net stockings $45. Tayla wears a black and white lace body contour $60. Seated From Left: Danielle wears an olive lace bustier with black high waisted panties $60. Shayla wears a silver one piece body wrap nightwear $45. Emily wears a black chiffon vintage baby doll night gown.
LOCATION: Hot Mess Boutique, 1104 S. 3rd St, Las Vegas, NV 89104 OWNER: Christilee MODELS: Danielle Aveyard, Emily Walter, Rejoice Sunshine, Kyndra Jackson, Shayla Chiaverini, Tayla St. James STYLIST: Keyska Diva MAKEUP ARTIST: Josh Terris HAIR: Kevin Crossley PHOTOGRAPHY: Yev Z Photography PHOTOGRAPHERâ€™S ASSISTANT: Miguel Cortes
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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
3430 E. Tropicana Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89121 (702) 458-8662 facebook.com/thelasvegaseagle Open 24/7, Gaming, No Cover
The Locker Room
700 E Naples Dr #111 Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 444-4004 facebook.com/thelockerroomlv Open 3pm-3am 4213 W. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89102 (702) 826-2422 facebook.com/thephoenixlv Open Noon – 4am, Gaming, No Cover
Quadz Video Bar
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
LAMBDA Business Association 4015 Maryland Pkwy Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 893-2088 lambdalv.com LGBT Business Directory & Guide
The Black Room
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
495 E. Twain Las Vegas, NV 79169 (702) 791-7001 funhogranchlv.com Open 24/7, Gaming, No Cover
1700 E Flamingo Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 733-8787 flairvegas.com Open 10pm-4am Thurs-Sun, No Cover
4640 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169 (702) 737-7780 getbooked.com Underwear/Swimwear, Accessories, Novelties, PRIDE Merchandise
Fun Hog Ranch
1487 E. Flamingo Rd., Suite C Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 440-6333 thegaragelv.com Open 24/7, Gaming, No Cover 46 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine
4347 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89102 (702) 878-3355 flexlasvegas.com Open 24/7, Gaming, No Cover
953 E. Sahara Ave., #35B Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 731-4287 hawksgym.com Club for Men
COMMUNITY RESOURCES Aid for Aids of Nevada 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
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
714 E. Sahara Ave. #101 Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 384-2899 goldenrainbow.org
HRC Las Vegas
Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire P.O. Box 46481 Las Vegas, NV 89114 desertempire.org
Leather Uniform Club (LUC) of Las Vegas lucoflv.com
Las Vegas boys of Leather lasvegasboysofleather.org
Las Vegas Menâ€™s Chorus lvmenschorus.org
Las Vegas Prime Timers lasvegasprimetimers.com
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
Sin Sity Sisters SADAP P.O. Box 60005 Las Vegas, NV 89160 (702) 592-6969 sinsitysisters.org
Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. (Las Vegas PRIDE)
Southern Nevada Bi-Sexuals
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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Chippendales® has announced the return of international supermodel, fashion icon and actor, Tyson Beckford, but this time as the show’s first longterm celebrity guest star in residency. After breaking box office records during his limited engagement in 2015, Beckford returns to the awardwinning #1 male revue at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas beginning March 30, 2017. “We are thrilled to bring Tyson Beckford back,” says Kevin Denberg, Managing Partner, Chippendales. “He was an obvious choice when considering talent for a residency. Tyson has the star-power, charisma, and sex appeal to complement and enhance our existing production.”
commented, “Fans of Beckford will not leave the show disappointed, as he not only flexes his buff bod throughout the adult male revue, but also bares his backside in a solo act with a member of the audience…Beckford The critics agree that Tyson was the fits like a glove in Chippendales.” one the girls wanted… During his brief stint in 2015, the Las Vegas Sun “Performing with the guys from Chippendales in front of sold-out houses at the Rio was one of the most fun times I’ve had in my career,” said Beckford. “I love Vegas and I love women so when the Chippendales brass approached me about coming back for an extended run, I was like
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TYSON IS BACK!
ummm…YES! I can’t wait get back on that stage!” In November 2016, Chippendales was honored for the fifth consecutive year as the “Best Male Revue” at the prestigious Best of Las Vegas! Awards. The show succeeds in bringing every fantasy to life in an intimate, immersive environment that is perfect for any Girls Night Out. Whether looking to celebrate their bestie’s bachelorette party in Las Vegas, their big birthday bash or just a have wild night, Chippendales provides the perfect backdrop to let loose and have fun in Las Vegas.
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the stage with a theatrical twist and a spark of naughty! She has assembled an eccentric cast of glamorous and eccentric Juke Joint Jezebels and Gin Gents who will delight your every sense and then some! Journey with Norma and her cast as they turn back the clock to a bygone era of silly, sexy and sinful delights. Guests are encouraged to join in the party revelry and come to the event dressed in the appropriate costumes of the era. Are you a jezebel or a Gent? Guests should also come prepared for a Flinging Flapper Charleston dance contest with extraordinary prizes and treats! Bring your friends, neighbors, colleagues, lovers and complete strangers because you will not want to miss this truly SPECTACULAR SPECTACLE that benefits our Las Vegas LGBTQ The Center! Lavish Cocktails at 7PM Show at 8 PM. General admission seats $20 and VIP $40, tickets available on line at www.ThespaceLV.com. The Space is located at 3460 Cavaretta Ct Las Vegas NV 89103.
CHAMPAGNE, COMEDY AND C*%#! (CAMP) Norma’s back! BIGGER THAN EVER! Join us and take a step back in time as Norma and her friends recreate a vintage 1920’ - 30’s underground nightclub - where the booze is cheap and so is the talent! The SPECTACULAR SPECTACLE - MISBEHAVIN’ is set to take the stage March 25, 2017 at The SPACE! This inaugural charity benefit 54 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine
for The Center is sure to be a very wild night full of original entertainment and a lot of surprises! Champagne, Comedy and C*%#! (camp) - A show guaranteed not to be like any other show you have seen before! Norma promises to bring some of her most treasured songs to
Norma Llyaman has been described as “the saw dust and the glitter” that remains after the circus tent has been pulled down. Known as The Bearded Lady of Las Vegas, Norma enjoys bringing old school theatrics and camp to the stage whenever she performs. Her unique style of bawdiness and eclectic performance makes her a fan favorite entertainer within the Las Vegas Community. The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, a community-based organization, supports and promotes activities directed at furthering the wellbeing, positive image, and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, its allies, and low to moderate income residents in Southern Nevada.
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AGAINST ALL ODDS By David Hernandez
It’s hard to sum up the caliber of a woman like my mother in 480 words or less. I have never seen a person raise 2 kids on their own, work multiple jobs and struggle to put food on the table while making it seem effortless. Growing up, we didn’t have much, but I never felt it. In her eyes, her son could do anything he dared to dream and not just survive, but thrive. In short, she beat all of the odds and taught me to do the same. Spring Hernandez is the toughest woman I know. Born in Phoenix, AZ, March 21, 1966, she immediately became a single mother just months after her 17th birthday when she gave birth to me. But, despite the obstacles, we always overcame. My mom and my grandmother were the dream team in raising me and instilled an enormous amount of confidence in the man I was soon to become. 60 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine
To this day, I will tell you that mom is my best friend. Many people throw that word around but she is the ultimate definition of loyalty and love that has never failed me. She is front row at every one of my shows and the first to answer the phone when my heart is broken. It is a relationship not many people have with their parent(s) nor completely understand. We can share anything with each other without judgment. Anything. My mom is about as real as they come and I cannot imagine my life without her. She is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most important person in my life, full of strength and wisdom. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t t express my love for her and the gift that is my life.
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Put on your yellow pants, dress, hat, shoes or shirt, and join us at the Yellow Pants Prom!
Saturday, April 29, 2017 • 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. Ron Decar’s Event Center • 1201 Las Vegas Boulevard South Tickets $75 per person • Includes Buffet Dinner & Live Music & Dancing Must be 21 to attend
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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) 64 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine
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)
Flair Nightclub (702) 733-8787
Open 10pm-4am Thursday - Sunday Thursday: Industry Night $5 Well Specials Friday: Flair Fridays $5 Well Specials
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)
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)
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)
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 (4-9pm, 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 / Hot GoGos Saturday: Theme Party Nights - 2 Rooms / After Hours (4am) Sunday: El Deseo / Sinful Sundays Goddess Show (1:30am) Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 65
and a hilarious opening act “fluffer’ in the form of a female comedian - here, the talented Kristeen Von Hagen - and you have a formula that has worked since 1996. The show was a runaway hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and then went on to play London’s West End, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Montreal’s “Just for Laughs Comedy Festival” and private party shows for Elton John and many other celebrities. After an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and a rave review in the New York Times, the show has toured the world and launched multiple companies in the United States including Vegas where YOU can catch “Puppetry” - produced by David J. Foster - at The Jewel Box inside The Erotic Heritage Museum located at 3275 Sammy Davis Jr Road. Robert and I play Thursdays through Sundays at By Jamie Morris 8PM. Tickets can be purchased at The most frequently asked question I company in 2017. I remember the www.puppetryofthepenis.com. get is, “What was the audition process show vividly with original creator like?” I always reply with, “It wasn’t Simon Morley and David Friend and Too bad you couldn’t have attended hard.” (cue drum roll) thinking to myself, “I want to do that.” my “soft” opening. I can’t believe Well, now that internal urge has how many people came. Ok. Now I’m When you are joining an already well- manifested itself into a three-month done. oiled machine like “Puppetry of the run alongside my good friend and Penis” which has played over 400 fellow “puppeteer” Robert Ryan, who shows in the last year and a half in Las has been with the show since day one Vegas, the puns write themselves. here in Sin City. We assume the roles originated by Rich Binning and Barry “I’m looking forward to my un-dress Brisco who have taken the show on rehearsal.” tour to Australia, the birthplace of “genital origami” through April 30. “At least I’m familiar with my part. ” And I guess you could say we have Having already performed a couple of big shoes to fill. Well, because that’s shows at the time of this article, I like all we wear. If you’ve never seen the to say, “It’s great to have two under show in one of the 35 countries it my belt.” has played, you should be warned. There are no puppets. There are Ok. I’m done. For now. no strings. You should expect to see full-frontal male nudity. And plenty When I first saw “Puppetry” fifteen of “installations” also known as dick years ago off-Broadway at the John tricks. Still confused? Basically, we Houseman Theater in New York City, make things out of our junk. Add a there’s no way I could have predicted tongue-in-cheek script loaded with Top Left: Jamie Morris I would be joining the Las Vegas lots of innuendo and double entendre Bottom Right: Robert Ryan
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Many people have reached out to ask if Las Vegas PRIDE is going to participate in this new global event. We are and we are coordinating with the national group that is organizing this event, in collaboration with the hundreds of other cities around the country and world that will participate.
Mucha gente ha preguntado que si Las Vegas PRIDE participará en este evento mundial. Por supuesto que si y estamos coordinando con el grupo nacional quien está organizando el evento, en colaboración con cientos de ciudades alrededor del país y mundo quiénes participarán.
Additional details will be announced in the near future.
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