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CONTENTS

VOLUME 4, ISSUE 22

EVENTS

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Festival Map

Las Vegas PRIDE Family Bingo

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PRIDE Festival After Party

13

Superfruit & Betty Who

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Las Vegas PRIDE OUTside Hike

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Blame it on Bianca Del Rio Comedy Tour

24

Bianca Del Rio After Party

27

PRIDE Family Turkey Lurkey Bingo

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Las Vegas PRIDE Pets

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PRIDE Parade Pre-Show

35

Las Vegas PRIDE Night Parade

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Hamburger Mary’s Parade After Party

38

Eclipse Parade After Party

45

Glampyres Parade After Party

50

Las Vegas PRIDE Festival Entertainment

51

Las Vegas PRIDE Festival DJs

19

Bi Corner: All We/You Need is Love

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Blame it on Bianca Del Rio, An Interview

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ACTION Adrenaline PRIDE Party 33

Meet Our 2018 PRIDE Royalty

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Coronation XXI

42

LGBT Community Directory

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Winter Dazzle

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NIGHTRIDER Festival Closing Party

Camp Wannakiki: Summer Camp is a Drag

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NYC World Pride

America’s First All Openly Gay Boyband Reach for the “Rainbow”

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PRIDE Closing Dance Party at Hamburger Mary’s

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Las Vegas Guide Map

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Las Vegas Bar & Nightclub Schedule

91

Meet the Men of Aussie Heat

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PRIDE 101: LGBT Community Flags, Colors & Symbols Explained

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Las Vegas Queer Arts Film Festival

ARTICLES 7

A Letter from the President

9

Las Vegas PRIDE Sponsors

10

An Interview with Ada Vox

15

Betty Who Celebrates PRIDE

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Superfruit Rocks PRIDE After Show

PUBLISHER Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. EDITOR Ernie Yuen LAYOUT & DESIGN Jake Naylor ADVERTISING Ernie Yuen, Lyndon R. Marquez & Clair Koetitz PHOTOGRAPHY Barbara Maeker, Yev Z Photography, Photos by Sin ON THE COVER Bianca Del Rio COVER THANKS Cover Photo by Yev Z Photography CONTRIBUTORS Ada Vox, Aussie Heat, Bianca Del Rio, Briana Lake, Clair Koetitz, James Healey, John Stein, Lyndon Marquez, Steve Mitchell

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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A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT By James Healey President, Las Vegas PRIDE

On behalf of the Las Vegas PRIDE Board of Directors, I am excited to begin 2018 Las Vegas PRIDE! We are celebrating the 35th Annual Las Vegas PRIDE this year - and I am very proud to share our recent and upcoming milestones. October marks national LGBT History month. Now - as much as any other time - we are reminded of the importance of LGBT visibility, positivity, and solidarity. We strive to bring fun to all that we do - but we also hope to inspire and drive growth and acceptance of LGBT issues and causes. Our theme for 2018 is, “All We Need is LOVE”. We have received our biggest support from our sponsors ever! Thank you to every single one of the sponsors, vendors, advertisers, and you for all of your help and support - we could not make all of this possible without your LOVE and PRIDE! We have our biggest entertainment lineup as well! Bianca Del Rio will join us for her comedy special, “Blame It On Bianca” in the Zumanity Theater on 10/18/18. She will also join us at the Parade, 10/19/18 - AND - she will headline the PRIDE Festival on Saturday night! We also have performances by Ada Vox, Jamie Wilson, Blair St. Clair, and many more! Parties are set to be big this year too. Our Ladies events will be great this year in partnership with TopGolf. We have Superfruit with Betty Who at COSMOPOLITAN of Las Vegas, Erika Jane at Orleans event center, and parties at Eclipse Theater, Voo-Doo Lounge, The Space, and Hamburger Mary’s Las Vegas - visit our website for details. Throughout the history of SNAPI (Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc.), the volunteer Board has worked diligently to deliver a great PRIDE Parade and Festival and we plan to deliver that and more this year! “All We Need Is LOVE”! Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 7


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Ada Vox AN INTERVIEW By Briana Lake

Two-time American Idol Alumni, Semifinalist, and Top 8 contestant; Ada Vox holds all of these titles, and her resume continues to grow. From working a stage to releasing her first single, Ada has fearlessly blazed a trail for other drag performers; and she hopes to continue to inspire others to dream and do more through her hard work and dedication to her craft. Q: You’ve been on “American Idol” now not only once, but twice. How has this experience shaped you as a person and singer? A: All of the times I’ve auditioned or anything and everything has been a learning experience. Doing a show like American Idol has taught me a lot about what the big-time industry will be like. I’ve learned a lot about who I am and what I can do as not just a singer but as an artist. I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunities it has granted me and the friendships I have gained. Q: You have been open about facing negative comments after your first appearance on “American Idol” and you bounced back so beautifully – do you have any advice for anyone facing similar negativity? A: Negativity is all to familiar in today’s society. We all have to realize that through all of the darkness there is light. I had to learn to create my own. Always remain strong, follow your dreams, and let your heart lead you on your path to love and success. Q: You have performed so many amazing songs including a memorable performance of Radiohead’s “Creep”, do you have a favorite song to perform? A: As a drag diva, I love a good classic diva tune. I honestly love to perform anything that allows me to dig deep into my soul. A couple of my favorites include “I Know Where I’ve Been” from Hairspray, “I Will Always Love you” by Whitney, and of course “Creep” by Radiohead. All of those


really allow me to feel every word and the way of your heart and your passion. sing with full passion. We will all find our way if we stand strong, believe in our art, and actually have the Q: Did you have any favorite cast talent to back it all up. members, or lasting connections from the show? Q: Do you have any pre-performance rituals that help you prepare to be on A: I love every single one of the cast stage? members! We had such an amazing time together just enjoying each other’s A: I like to have a couple minutes where company and each other’s gifts. This everyone just steps away from me. I like was honestly such an insanely talented to have just a minute to get into my zone. season. The people of America didn’t Aside from that, light vocal warmups are even get to witness half of the power and always going on backstage and lots of talent that we possess. hydrating! Q: What originally inspired you to perform as Ada Vox?

of my struggles through some of the more outlandish issues that I’ve encountered. Patti has been an idol for me since a very young age. I honestly can’t say enough how her artistry and talented has helped to shape me as a singer today. On top of all of that, all of the judges on the panel are legendary for their success in their respective genres.

Every single person on that show has inspired me in one way or another. There are so many great and wonderful things that I want to experience for myself and seeing that these artists who came from Q:You’ve been so successful in your nowhere any different than myself have role as an entertainer, what are your gotten to be where they are by doing what suggestions for drag queens looking to they love is inspiration beyond belief. follow in your footsteps and grow their own brand? For more information on Ada’s next steps, follow her on her social media A: Be confident in who you are and what platforms listed below: you do, but never close yourself off to learning from others. Never allow anyone Instagram: @Adavox to change you, but always be open to Facebook: Ada Vox Official criticism and suggestions. You never know Twitter: @QueenAdaVox when someone just might have the key to what is really missing in your brand or your artistry.

A: I was originally inspired to perform as Ada after my run on season 12. I was invited out to perform in my hometown’s pride celebration. That was the first time I ever got to see drag queens! I quickly realized while watching the show that I may be able to do something a little different than all of the girls up on the stage. I could do all of the songs they were doing LIVE. From there I did a lot of research and catching up on drag culture, and at 21, I decided to step out and Ada made her debut to the stage on June 1st at the Silver Dollar Saloon in my While you should prepare yourself for hometown, San Antonio, TX. success, make sure that you also prepare yourself for everything that comes along Q: You are releasing a new pop single with it. “Because of You” in August; what are some of the other exciting new steps in Q: You’ve had the chance to work with your singing and drag careers? some truly amazing talent on “American Idol”, do you have a specific artist that A: I have so much going on! I’m beyond has inspired you? excited to continue touring, and on top of “Because of You”, I’ve also got a perfume A: I was and am still so honored that I had in the works! It’ll be something ‘Sweet the chance to work with some of the best and Sassy’ just like me. people in the industry!! I am 100% still in awe of some of the opportunities I’ve Q: If you could give aspiring singers any had. advice about preparing for “American Idol”, what would it be? Lea Michele was a huge part of my life while Glee was going on. It’s crazy to A: Stand firm on your beliefs as an artist. think that a tv show can really play such People in this industry will try to sway you an important part in someone’s life, but into doing what they believe is “right for seeing a lot of what Rachel went through you”, but never let their opinions get in in the show helped me to deal with a lot

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BETTY WHO Celebrates PRIDE with Performance at Official PRIDE After Show at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Las Vegas PRIDE is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning how best to celebrate. The Official PRIDE After Show on Saturday, Oct. 20 will take place at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ Boulevard Pool, where fans can enjoy performances by pop duo Superfruit and singer-songwriter Betty Who under the stars and among the glimmering lights of the iconic Las Vegas Strip. Australian-born pop star Betty Who has quietly elevated herself to a worldwide phenomenon, receiving acclaim from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed, Elle Magazine, and more. Betty most recently released her first independent EP in five years, Betty Pt. 1, out everywhere now via AWAL Recordings.

Betty’s commitment to charity, health, and wellness matches her passion for music. A dedicated supporter of human rights, women, children, and the LGBTQ community, she has given performances to benefit UNICEF, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, The Trevor Project, Human Rights Campaign, and various other organizations. An activist for LGBTQ rights, Betty has attended PRIDE festivals around the United States and uses her music as a platform to be an outspoken supporter of the LGBTQ community. Betty also recently worked with the Fab Five crew of the Netflix Original series, Queer Eye, to revamp the show’s theme song, “All Things (Just Keep Getting Better).” With the gorgeous Las Vegas Strip as their backdrop, fans can catch Betty Who along with Superfruit

at the perfect venue for the Official PRIDE After Show. The Cosmopolitan is a proud supporter of diversity and inclusion, and an especially strong supporter of the LGBTQ community. PRIDE attendees won’t want to miss their chance to sing and dance along with these talented performers at an amazing venue. After the show, keep the party going and check out some of The Cosmopolitan’s sleek lounges like The Chandelier, draped in over 200 million sparkling crystals, or CliQue Bar & Lounge for tableside mixology in a lively atmosphere. Tickets for the Official PRIDE After Show are available now, starting at $28. Tickets can be purchased online at cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 15


SUPERFRUIT ROCKS PRIDE AFTER SHOW AT

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Las Vegas is hosting its annual PRIDE Festival October 19 through 21 and everyone is invited! Add a soundtrack to your PRIDE experience this year with the Official PRIDE After Show at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 20. Featuring pop duo Superfruit and singer-songwriter Betty Who, this outdoor concert will take place under the stars at the resort’s Boulevard Pool, with the breathtaking view of the Las Vegas Strip serving as its backdrop. Superfruit consists of vocalists and YouTube sensations, Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi. The duo hails from the multi-Platinum-selling a cappella group, Pentatonix. In 2013 Hoying and Grassi launched Superfruit and have since become a YouTube sensation, amassing over 2.5 million subscribers and more than 378 million views. In 2017, the duo’s full-length studio album, Future Friends, an LGBTQcentric album, debuted at No. 9 on Billboard’s Album Chart. Beyond their music, Superfruit has built a strong connection with its fans through frequent video blogs on YouTube and a strong presence across social media. As proud members of the LGBTQ community, Hoying and Grassi have collaborated with other well-

known, outspoken LGBTQ supporters including YouTube star and activist Tyler Oakley and popular singer, dancer and Drag Queen performer Todrick Hall. In addition to their toptier collabs, Superfruit also performed at L.A. PRIDE in June of 2018.

For those looking for pre or post-show bites, The Cosmopolitan’s expansive restaurant collection will suit any craving. Check out Blue Ribbon, Estiatorio Milos, or Momofuku for a fun unique dinner or stop by the Pizzeria, Eggslut or China Poblano for a quick and delicious bite. PRIDE encourages individuals and businesses across Las Vegas to come together in celebration of the diversity of our city, especially the local LGBTQ community. A major supporter of the LGBTQ community, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a perfect venue for the Official PRIDE After Show. At its core, the resort encourages diversity of guests and inclusivity of all individuals. Tickets for the Official PRIDE After Show are on sale now starting at $28 and are available online at cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 17


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ALL WE/YOU NEED IS LOVE BI CORNER By Steve Mitchell If you are a member of the LGBT community there is a greater than 50% chance that you are bisexual (but don’t publicly identify as such). There are many reasons why bisexuals stay closeted and you have your reasons. There are many incorrect assumptions made about bisexuals and their behavior. These assumptions continue because bi individuals remain a silent and hidden majority in the community. Recent research has shown that when most participants were first aware of their attraction to both women and men (usually when quite young), they discounted one or the other and described being fraught with selfdoubts and inability to make sense of their attractions. Many participants attributed the length of time coming to acknowledgement of their bisexuality and the confusion along the way to the lack of role models and

to derogatory associations with the The Suicide Prevention Resource term “bisexual”. (1) Center synthesized several studies and estimated that between 5 and Bisexuals are caught in a Catch-22. 10% of LGBT youth, depending on The absence of other visible bisexual age and sex groups, have attempted people is a factor in their own ability suicide, a rate 1.5-3 times higher than to be visible. This leads to a deep heterosexual youth. The power of sense of isolation. They are often visibility to help teens who are LGBT perceived as too straight for the gay far outweighs the struggles faced. community and too gay for the straight community. Biphobia is deeply rooted The first step in becoming visible in our culture. To affirm one’s bisexual is acceptance of who you are. It’s identity requires transcending the almost a cliché but you really must culture. You have to value your own love yourself first. That doesn’t mean experience. It takes courage and that you have to love everything independence. It requires facing about yourself. You simply need to a constant struggle with isolation, love your humanity, your individuality, prejudice, and invalidation (but most the core of your being. Let the circle closeted bisexuals are feeling these of bi visibility grow larger every day. things internally already). While Let this Pride season be the beginning these are very real consequences of that wave of visibility in the LGBT of visibility, it is also a positive Community. opportunity for personal and social progress. You never know for whom (1) “Current Research on Bisexuality”, Ronald C. Fox, PhD, Harrington Park Press, pages 12-13 you will be a role model. Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 19


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BLAME IT ON

BIANCA DEL RIO

AN INTERVIEW

By Briana Lake

Famed drag queen, actress, and comedienne extraordinaire, Bianca Del Rio is best known for winning season six of Ru Paul’s Drag Race, and for her irreverent wit. After her victory, Bianca has been busy building her brand with her feature-length films, Hurricane Bianca and sequel Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate, her book Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert on Nothing with an Opinion on Everything, comedy tours and specials, and even a line of makeup remover. Bianca has agreed to share some inspiration, laughs, and of course, a little of her trademark sass. Q: You started out at a young age as a talented clothing designer and began performing drag shortly thereafter – was there ever a time that you wanted to be in anything other than show business? A: For my entire childhood when I would blow out birthday candles or throw a penny in a wishing well or see a shooting star, I would wish with all my might to work in a circus with elephants when I grow up. I ended up working in nightclubs with Lady Bunny. Guess I should’ve been more specific. Q: Were there any challenges that you faced during your career that you would like to share with other aspiring drag performers? A: Yes...razor bumps. I would like all aspiring drag queens to know that shaving is the enemy and razor bumps will haunt you for the rest of your natural drag life!! Q: If so, how did you overcome these challenges? A: Lots and lots of foundation. Q: You have an extensive list of movies that you’ve been involved in – do you have a favorite appearance? A: Out of my extensive list of high quality films, my proudest moment was in “Look What The Boys Dragged In”....a

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gay porn scene by Men.com. Both of my personalities (good Bianca and evil Bianca) were in this scene, and it required very serious acting skills. Don’t get too excited though. I wasn’t in the sex scene. I was in the pivotal plot bit that lead up to the guys having sex. Q: What was your experience like winning “Ru Paul’s Drag Race”? A: All joking aside, winning “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” truly changed my life. Before being on the show, I was working in a Broadway costume shop during the day and doing drag at night. I planned to stop doing drag when I turned 40. Well, I’m 43 years old now and I’m doing drag full time. I’m incredibly grateful and have no plans to stop anytime soon. I never expected my entire life to change the way it has. Prior to winning, I had only been out of the country on cruises. Now I’ve traveled to over 20 different countries performing in drag. It’s insane. TV is a powerful platform.

moments or performances from the tour? A: Ohhhhhh....have I had some memorable moments?!?! I most certainly have. Lost luggage, no air conditioning, no ice for my cocktails....oh wait...you wanted positive experiences? The crowds have been AMAZING!! It’s truly been a great tour. I just finished shows in the UK, The Netherlands, and Ireland. I’m heading to South Africa now for the first time to do a couple shows there. Then I have a couple weeks off before heading back to Europe for another couple weeks of shows, and then back to the US for my final two shows of this tour in Las Vegas and Palm Springs!! Q: You’ve been so successful in your role as an entrepreneur, what are your suggestions for drag queens looking to follow in your footsteps and grow their own brand?

A: Be professional and trust your instincts. Q: Did you have any favorite cast Those are the two best pieces of advice members, or lasting connections form I can give. Be professional....don’t be a the show? diva and remember that it’s a business. If you’re not professional, there are lots A: Adore, Courtney, Darienne, and I of other drag queens waiting to take your formed a close bond on the show and place. Trust your instincts....if your agent still text each other almost every day or manager or some monkey on the through a group thread we’ve had going street tries to guide you in a direction that for 5 years now. I also speak to Jiggly doesn’t feel right, stick your ground. It’s regularly....because no one else wants to. your career and your life. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. Q: You’ve also recently very recently published your book “Blame it on Q: You’ve had the chance to work with Bianca”, can you share a little about the some truly amazing talent throughout book? the years, do you have a specific artist or actor that has inspired you along the A: It’s an advice book that I’m very proud way? of. All I’m going to say is if you ask a 43 year old drag queen for advice, you A: Joan Rivers was an inspiration to me deserve the answer you get. If you want for many years. She was unapologetic to know more, the book is available on and had the most incredible work ethic. HarperCollins.com, Amazon.com, and Getting to be a guest on “In Bed with anywhere else reputable books are sold. Joan” was a surreal experience. She was so genuine and generous. Her stamina in Q: You’re currently on your “Blame it on bed at her age was truly remarkable. Also, Bianca” comedy tour in Europe, have getting to have drinks with Wanda Sykes is you had any particularly memorable comedy gold. I love that funny bitch!

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Miss Las Vegas PRIDE Hola mis amores! My name is Cereza Mateus A.K.A LaCherry. I have been a part of this wonderful city of Las Vegas for about 22 years now. In my two years of doing drag I have held numerous titles throughout our community. I was crowned Miss Piranha Buscando Mis Sueños 2016, Miss Dragqueen 2016, El Dorado / Backdoor Best Newcomer 2017, Miss Absolut 2017, and Person of the Year 2017. During my spare time I love venturing into the great outdoors with my fur child. (Koopa). I am a blessed individual because I have had the constant support of the people around me and I continue to feel blessed because I know in my adventure there are a million more wonderful people to meet. Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. Always remember, #allweneedislove. Besos mis amores.

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Bringing the Latin heat and tropical Chamorro flavor to Las Vegas is Christian Gonzalez your Mr. Las Vegas PRIDE 2018. He has been a featured underwear model with the local company VicedMan and has graced the pages of Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine and billboards across California. Giving back to the community is a passion of his and prior to being crowned Mr. Las Vegas PRIDE he was an associative board member for Las Vegas PRIDE. During the day you’ll find Christian overseeing retail fashion as a General Store manager for BCBGMAXAZRIA. He has been in the fashion industry for over 10 years dressing celebrity clients such as Tyra Banks, Eva Longoria, and Coco from the hit reality show Iced T and Coco. Christian is very excited to make 2018 an amazing year for his community by bringing more awareness to the LGBTQ community and uniting everyone to make a better tomorrow, and remember “All We Need Is Love”! Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 33


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AMERICA’S FIRST ALL OPENLY GAY BOYBAND

REACH FOR THE “RAINBOW” BY JOHN STEIN

Jay, Mike, Randy, Devin and Gama are ECHO V, five guys with distinct, echoing voices that combine to create one beautiful sound. By all outward appearances, they seem to be the typical boyband with good looks, lush harmonies and killer choreography, but they have one important difference: they’re all gay. Their debut single, “Rainbow,” reflects their decision to be out about their sexuality. While it is a fun, high energy pop anthem with an explosive hook that will get listeners dancing and singing, it also has an important message. “Be proud,” explains Jay. “Our hope is that the song inspires people to stand up and claim their truth, be happy with who they are and find comfort in the fact that they are not alone.”

recorded the song. “It kind of came from a place deep within that was filled with despair and even frustration. The first few lines of the song are about finding yourself. It then continues with how the struggle to conform to society’s standards can be harmful to some. In the second verse, there is a moment of acceptance and defiance where we come to terms with how this one life is for us and not for them.” “Rainbow is about unapologetically owning your multifaceted-ness and realizing that you have to live for yourself. It’s a journey to selfdiscovery and the strength it takes to live life in the open, day in and out.”

Part of what the boys of ECHO V are hoping to break is the stereotype that being an out, gay musician is a nail in the coffin of an artist’s career. In 2018, “The narrative in ‘Rainbow’ is the entertainment industry is more personal,” Jay continues from the vibrant than ever with the mainstream Los Angeles studio where the band success of television shows like Queer 56 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

Eye and RuPaul’s Drag Race; but there is still progressing to be made, especially in the music arena. “We hope our album can be enjoyed by all regardless of age, gender, sexuality or race because art and creation is universal,” says Mike. Mike helped to conceptualize the music video for “Rainbow,” along with videographer Chris Greenwell and editor Adam Amore. They drew inspiration from The Wizard of Oz in terms of color scheme and the switch from black and white to color. (Sharp listeners will notice the lyrics of the song also draw inspiration from The Wizard of Oz.) The video cuts back and forth between ECHO V singing and real people of all different shapes, sizes and colors marching in Pride parades. Mike felt it important that the video show the personalities of each boy in the band but also show


something bigger than ECHO V: the is strong today and she remains very diverse world around us. supportive of his music. “It seemed only fitting that a song called ‘Rainbow’ show a rainbow of people,” he explains. Mike was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Rhode Island when he was 10. He grew up in a typical working-middle class household with his parents fully supporting his love for music and financing his hopes and dreams the best they could, for which he is extremely grateful. Unfortunately, they weren’t as supportive of their son being gay. Jay, (from Sanford, NC), Gama, (Mexico), Randy (Denver) and Devin, a self-described musical theater nerd who grew up in central Florida, also experienced difficulty with family after coming out to them. “My mother would be a lot happier if I were not gay,” admits Jay. But their relationship

Gama, Randy and Devin also say their relationships with family have gotten better. The five were united by their management who were looking to build the next generation of boy bands. At first, management didn’t know the group they had assembled were all gay. It was the guys that realized it after coming together. They and management decided to go with it. “At the end of the day we are musicians who take a great pride in the art we create,” Jay explains. “We want listeners to be proud of who they are and there is no other way for us to do that other than to be honest with who we are.”

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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. -

The Back Door (702) 831-0621 / TheBackdoor.vegas Open Friday & Saturday

Friday: Noches Norteñas Live Music / Drink Specials Saturday: Drag with Paloma Macary / GoGos

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 (8pm-11pm) Sunday: $2.50 Well & $2 Off Signature Cocktails (8pm11pm)

Charlie’s Las Vegas (702) 876-1844 / CharliesLasVegas.com

Open 2pm-5am / Gaming / Billiards / Darts Daily Special: 2-4-1 House Cocktails & Bottled Domestic Beers, $3 Domestic / $4 Imported Draft Pitchers (MonSat: 2pm-8pm) 2-For-1 Drinks (Tues/Thurs: 2pm-5am) Monday: Karaoke with Sheila Wright and DJ Mohawk (9pm), $4 Domestic/$5 Imported Draft Pitchers Tuesday: Join BGMO Las Vegas for Shirtless Tuesdays with D.j. Scott K (10pm), Beer/Liquor Busts till 2am, Best Chest Contest (1am) Wednesday: Wet Wednesdays - Hot Body Shower Contest. Guys in Men’s Underwear Drink FREE House Cocktails (10pm-2am), Show (12 am) Thursday: Charlie’s Angels Drag Show (11pm), 2-4-1 Drinks (11pm - 2am), Late Thursday Night: Cantina Night Show (1am) + Drink Specials (1am-5am) Friday: Hosted by La Cherry & DJ Luke Dice, Show (11:30pm) $20/$30 Liquor Busts, $5 Fireball Shots (9pm2am) Saturday: Studs of Charlie’s All-Male Show (11pm) DJ Mohawk, Beer Bust (9pm-2am) Sunday: Drink Specials All Day, Sexy GoGos All Night, Drag Show Hosted by Desree Herrera (10pm)

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 (10am-4pm) / 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)

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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 (9pm1am)

Hamburger Mary’s Las Vegas (702) 733-8787 / HamburgerMarys.com/LasVegas/ Restaurant Open 11am - 11pm Club Mary’s Open 11pm - Close

Monday: Maryoke with Shiela (7pm-10pm), $7 Domestic Draft Beer Bust or $10 Well Liquor Bust (7pm-10pm) Tuesday: Maryoke with Shiela (7pm-10pm), $5 Tito’s Cocktails Wednesday: PRIDE Family Bingo (1st Wednesday of every month, Dining 5:30pm / Bingo 6:30pm), Bonkerz Comedy Club (3rd Wednesday of every month, 7:30pm) Thursday: $7 Domestic Draft Beer Bust or $10 Well Liquor Bust (7pm-10pm), $4 Absolute Cocktails Friday: Dining with the Divas Drag Show (8pm), Cocktails and Couture Drag Show (10pm) Saturday: Drag Yourself to Brunch (All You Can Eat Buffet and Bottomless Mimosa‘s) Show at Noon, Star’s & Stilettos Drag (8pm), Cocktail Drag Show (10pm)

Sunday: Gospel Brunch and Drag Show (All You Can Eat Buffet and Bottomless Mimosa‘s) Show at Noon, Dining with the Divas Drag Show (8pm)

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)

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 (9pm-Midnight) 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)

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AUSSIE HEAT < ADAM BARR (MC) Adam was born Melbourne, Australia, grew up playing professional tennis. He had a bad injury at the age of 17 and decided to join the military. After the military he got offered a contract for Universal Studios Japan, where he worked for four years. Coming back home to Australia, he signed with Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest modeling agency and worked full-time as a model for two years. He then auditioned for Universal Studios Singapore, which he landed and worked for them 2 years. He then moved to Los Angeles to pursue film and television acting, where he was offered the MC role in Aussie Heat. He loves his job making audiences have a fun experience. Fun fact: Adam owns his own medical cannabis business, Green Barr, which he has a line of products which target health and wellness and fitness professionals.

GEORGE BLICK (HANDSOME GEORGE) > Born in Melbourne, Australia, George started line dancing at the early age of 10. He then went on competing in Line dance where he won 6 consecutive world championship titles. His desire for competing grew stronger where he then found himself competing in Latin and ballroom dance. Fun fact: George landed himself a full ride scholarship to Lane Theater Arts in London. During his time studying, George was asked to dance in front of the Queen for the Royal variety show. After graduating college, George auditioned for Royal Caribbean and performed out at sea in over 50 countries. He now resides in Las Vegas. George is honored to be here for his first season of Aussie Heat!

< BEN FORBES (THE CLEANER) Ben grew up in Sydney, Australia. He performed for a show called Hot Shots, Sydneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best male revue show. He moved to America to pursue new opportunities where he was hired by Aussie Heat and has been a key part of the team ever since. Fun fact: Ben studies fire science at CSN. He looks forward to be a firefighter in the near future. Ben wanted us to tell you he rides a motorbike.

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JAYDEN BROWN (YOUNG BUCK) > Jayden, born in Tasmania, Australia. At a very young age Jayden was passionate about dance and performing. Jayden was the lead dancer in Australia’s number one male revue, where the Aussie Heat scouted him and hired him at the start of 2018 to perform here in Las Vegas. Fun fact: Jayden’s parents own a grocery store in Tasmania in a very small town, if you’re lucky when he’s not performing he may be there scanning your items and checking you out.

< LENNY TRAE (POP AND LOCK KING) Lenny grew up in Melbourne, Australia, as a youngster, he loved different forms of dance. He is very passionate about old school hip-hop and pop and lock dancing. He’s our choreographer and dance captain. He also handles our music mixing and visuals. Fun fact: Lenny loves playing PlayStation and watching Avenger movies.

SIMON ATA (BREAKDANCER) > Simon is from Melbourne Australia, grew up breakdancing for Australia’s most popular breakdancing crew, Wicked Force and toured the world breakdancing and performing. Also, Simon was a finalist on ‘So you think you can Dance, Australia’. Fun fact: Simon is a physiotherapist, so if any of you have sore shoulders he can help you with a massage, lol. Simonster (his nickname) has his own company teaching people to achieve their goals in strength and fitness. He’s been working with Aussie Heat since the start, three years ago. He’s not only a crowd favorite, but a great friend of all the guys on the team.

< SIMON FARROW (6’4” MOUNTAIN OF MUSCLE) Originally from the surf coast of Australia Simon’s professional entertainment career for the past 18 years took hold after graduating with his Dance / Theater degree. After working for years in the fields of classical, contemporary and commercial dancing he shifted to musical theater, this line of work moved him into Film / Television work as a Stunt Actor. He has worked around the world and beside some of the major names in the industry, now he is very happy to be here in Las Vegas working for Aussie Heat. Simon feels privileged to be performing alone side such talented performers and for such warm crowds, seeing the amazing smiles on their faces makes the journey worthwhile. He also speaks fluent Japenese. 92 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine


PRIDE 101

FLAGS, COLORS & SYMBOLS EXPLAINED Pride festivals/parades are famous the world over for their exuberant and unique message-driven themes. A colorful, fabulous celebration, parades are often distinguished by lively participants with brandish colorful flags and symbols. But what does each color of the pride flag represent? What does that pink triangle stand for? Ever wonder what the meaning of each color is? Las Vegas PRIDE’s Mission is “to educate the community by invoking, promoting, and celebrating lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender pride.” In pursuance of this mission, we would like to share with you the meaning of the colors displayed in some of the LGBT community flags as well as basic facts about some of our symbols.

INTERLOCKING MALE SYMBOLS

INTERLOCKING FEMALE SYMBOLS

INTERLOCKING MALE & FEMALE SYMBOLS

These symbols signify men attracted to men and women (left) and a women attracted to men and women (right). Two interlocking female gender symbols, the singular of which is borrowed from LAMBDA the astrological sign of Venus, began representing The 11th letter of the the lesbian community in Greek alphabet. The the 1970’s. lowercase letter has symbolized the LGBT community since 1970, INVERTED PINK TRIANGLE when the Gay Activist Alliance selected it The pink triangle was originally used to represent the gay to denote homosexual men as a Nazi TRANSGENDER SYMBOL rights movement. Some concentration camp badge. The AIDS believe the “l” stands for Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT-UP) This symbol combines and modifies “liberation,” while others adopted the inverted pink triangle elements of the male and female argue it is taken from the to symbolize the “active fight back” symbol for “energy.” against HIV/AIDS “rather than a passive resignation to fate.” gender symbols. Two interlocking male gender symbols, the singular of which is borrowed from the astrological sign for Mars, have represented gay men since the 1970’s.

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8 STRIPED HOT PINK: Sexuality RED: Life ORANGE: Healing YELLOW: Sunlight GREEN: Nature TURQUOISE: Magic/Arts INDIGO/BLUE: Serenity VIOLET: Spirit

TRANSGENDER LIGHT BLUE: Baby Boys LIGHT PINK: Baby Girls WHITE: Those who are transitioning

BI-SEXUAL ROSE: Same-gender attraction LAVENDAR: Attraction anywhere within the gender spectrum BLUE: Opposite gender attraction

RAINBOW PRIDE FLAGS 7 STRIPED RED: Life ORANGE: Healing YELLOW: Sunlight GREEN: Nature TURQUOISE: Magic/Arts INDIGO/BLUE: Serenity VIOLET: Spirit

LEATHER BLACK: Leather & Permanence BLUE: Devotion & Loyalty White: Purity & Innocence RED HEART: Love of Leather Men

BOI / BOY BLACK: Leather & Permanence White: Purity & Innocence GREEN: Denotes the inexperienced young man RED HEART: Signifies where the boyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart is

PANSEXUAL 6 STRIPED

RED: Life ORANGE: Healing YELLOW: Sunlight GREEN: Nature INDIGO/BLUE: Serenity VIOLET: Spirit

PINK: Those who identify within female spectrum YELLOW: Transgender BLUE: Those who identify within the male spectrum

BEAR BROTHERHOOD

LIPSTICK LESBIANS

All seven stripes represent the colors of fur throughout the world. BEAR PAW: Love of Bears & thier Admirers

The creator of the Lipstick Lesbian Flag did not indicate a meaning behind the stripes of the flag, only the group to which the flag belonged.

FURRY

LEATHER GIRL

PALE BLUE: Male Gender PINK: Female Gender LANVENDER: Transgender FELINE PAW: Represents feline anthropomorphism across all gender boundaries

BLACK: Leather & Permanence PINK: Female Leather White: Purity & Innocence RED HEART: Love of Leather Women

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Las Vegas Queer Arts Film Festival (LVQA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that is focused on creating a platform for LGBTQ+ filmmakers to share their artistic work. This is the first allinclusive, diversity-driven film festival for LGBTQ+ filmmakers and artists hosted in Las Vegas, NV. Its inaugural run will take place on November 2 November 4, 2018 at Eclipse Theaters in downtown Las Vegas. The festival will be a mixture of short film blocks and feature length films with each project having had a member of the community playing a prominent role in its production, or encompassing a story that speaks directly to or from within the community itself. The festival will kick-off with an opening social mixer on November 2, 2018. The film screenings will run throughout the weekend of November 3 - 4 for ticketed audiences. Submissions for

the festival will be accepted between and will be a memorable experience July 24 - September 30, 2018. for attendees to look forward to, year after year. LVQA will stand out amongst other film festivals for its own unique Another unique aspect of the festival aesthetic and message. The first will be the screenings. Queer art is thing that will set this festival apart individual to the artist and impossible from others is the Annual Ball, and to authentically reproduce elsewhere. associated social mixer hosted by Therefore, LVQA seeks to provide Ajรก. Ajรก regularly plays a role in the the space and screening resources production and hosting of a monthly for these voices to be heard and Ball culture show that includes live observed by a larger audience. The performances, runway competitions, screenings will include two days and vogue battles through the local of films and narratives created by collective, Far Out. A Ball is an event queer-identifying artists working closely tied to the queer community in various roles of production and that allows people to live out their representation. creative fantasies through their chosen form of artistic expression, For more information, please visit: and is inspired by a category. www.LVQueerArts.com Categories are given as a guideline to individuals that wish to participate for exhibition. Ball culture has always been full of so much life and energy, Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 99


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