We volunteer Wednesday nights at The Center’s front desk. If you’re new to Vegas or looking to become more involved, please come visit us!
Kristopher Minnich Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself, and your involvement in the LGBTQ Community in Las Vegas? A: Happy Pride, Las Vegas! My name is Kristopher Minnich, my wonderful partner Gary Brewer and I have been a part of the LBGTQ community here in Las Vegas for about 4 years. I currently serve on the board of Bears Las Vegas and volunteer with the The Center, Human Rights Campaign, and many other great organizations. Q: What are some of the things that you love about the LGBTQ community here in Las Vegas? A: From my point of view, the greatest part of the Las Vegas community are the community members and their irrepressible passion. Scrolling through social media, attending events, meetings, or rallies, you can see the devotion that the members of the community have for each other. It is great seeing that passion transform into action as our community needs rise. We have so much support from our businesses and allies who provide an overwhelming response in the face of challenge and diversity. The people of this community have made Las Vegas home for Gary and I; In a few short years, we have made lifelong friends that we consider family. Many of these friends are fellow hard-working community advocates forever making positive change. 14 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine
community members out, proud, and joining us with a larger presence within the community. I also feel like there may not be as many bisexual people that are out and proud within the community either. I honestly feel like I’ve met more of the bisexual community through the fetish community than the LGBT. It would be great to see more of the other half of the acronym (The “B” and “T”’s.) out, about, and mingling.
Q: What has been your most PRIDEful moment? A: I guess my most PRIDEful moment has really been watching my cousin, Ernie Yuen with PRIDE, with all of the amazing things that he does, all of the Shannon Haffa late nights, costuming, and hosting events. I get to watch him do what Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself? he loves and does best, and he is A: My name is Shannon, I am bisexual, just such a beautiful reflection of our and I am a musician. I’m in two family, and we all couldn’t be more different bands, I play base for an proud of him. all-girl punk band called the negative Nancys, and I am also the lead vocalist for a band called Stereo Glass. Q: What are some of the things that you love about the LGBTQ community here in Las Vegas? A: I really have to applaud The Center for everything that they are doing within the community, with all of the free STD screening and other resources, I actually remember when it used to be in the same parking lot as the Greendoor, Badlands, and Onyx in a rough part of town. They have really grown, and it’s so great to see. Q: What are some downsides, if any, that you’ve experienced within the community? A: I have to say that I would really love to see a little bit more of a trans presence within our LGBT community. I don’t know if part of it is that they are still finding their safe space within the community, or that the community hasn’t them quite enough exposure or faith, but I would really love to see some more of the
Kaneda Yoshida Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself? A: My name is Kaneda Yoshida, I am 32 years old, I am Asian, and I identify as a bisexual, trans man.
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