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By Clair Koetitz & Lyndon Marquez

We haven’t sat down and visited with you for some time and it has been an event filled summer and fall. All the organizations in the city have been active with their individual events and fundraisers promoting their efforts. HRC and Golden Rainbow had their individual fun evenings with the HRC Gala and Golden Rainbow continues to prosper with many fun fundraising events along with their Dining out for Life which had 20 participating restaurants’ in 2018 and a very successful Ribbon of Life, The Show Must Go On! AFAN continues to be a star with the Annual Aids Walk that will be April 7, 2010 and the always fun successful Black and White Party that was held poolside at Mandalay Bay this year. Check out all their websites to stay turned for the many exciting events going on year around. The Sin Sity Sisters of Preputial Indulgence continue to be a force in our city with their many fun exciting events throughout the year. They continue to have fun fund-raising nights at Fun Hog Ranch, Porn Bingo at the Nunnery, next bingo is November 16. They held a very successful project Nunway Zodiac at the Space and congratulations to all the designers for fantastic outfits. Red Dress – Exotic, Erotic, Chaotic is scheduled for

Treat event October 31 which is always fun. The 25th Honorarium was a huge success and always looked forward too. It was announced that they will be renaming the Wellness Center in the spring of 2019 to the Arlene Cooper Wellness Center. This is a wonderful tribute to a lady that devoted her life to our community.

February 23, 2019 at The Industrial Event Space. Mark your calendar.

PRIDE continues to be a viable part of our community with the annual PRIDE Night-time Parade with over 110 entries this year which is one of the largest we have held to date. Our 2-day festival held at Sunset Park was also a huge success, we had a number of headliners this year including Bianca Del Rio which was a great addition to the festivities. Vendors, entertainers and especially our attendees appeared to have a great time and the weather cooperated with a shower Saturday night but 2 beautiful days. We thank everyone that attended and hope you had a wonderful time and look forward to next year’s event.

NGRA held another successful event with their Bighorn Rodeo September 22 and 23. The Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire, Inc has scheduled an event filled fall and winter with Turn About, November 10, King & Queen of the Desert Competition, November 16th and Coronation XXI at Alexis Park All Suite Resort, December 6, 2018. Again, check out the website and Facebook for continuing events and Stay tuned for more exciting events by all the local organization is the activities by these organizations. Las Vegas Valley. Check, Facebook, The Center continues to be a busy websites, Instagram and Twitter to location with their activities and stay up to date with everything. programs. They held their second annual Scaryland Darkway Trunk O’ Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 5





Holidays in Las Vegas


Commit to a New You for the New Year with Therma-Slim!


Las Vegas Bar & Nightclub Schedule


Tom Goss Likes His Men “Round in all the Right Places”


Aspen Gay Ski Week



Las Vegas PRIDE Family Boozy Bingo

A Bullish New Year: The Bullies & Biceps 2019 Calendar


Legends Celebrating 35 Years


Las Vegas PRIDE Family Bingo Calendar


Accessing a Healthier Nevada


Make the Season Bright


Know Your Status. Get Tested!


Celebrating 11 Years of Las Vegas PRIDE Family Bingo


Top 10 Holiday Gifts for Your Pet


LGBT Community Directory


A Journey to Reason


WOW: World of Wonder


World AIDS Day


RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4 Cast Announcement


HIV Basics


A Drag Queen Christmas


David Hernandez Rules His Kingdom with a Golden Voice


Thousand Oaks Shooting


Holidays at The Park


INNdulge in Palm Springs




Las Vegas PRIDE Family Superhero Bingo


Las Vegas PRIDE 2019


Pride Fort Lauderdale 2019

111 HRC 3rd Thursday & PRIDE Gift Basket Auction 114 HustlaBall


What’s Happening


Las Vegas Guide Map


A Letter from the Editor


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Aspen Gay Ski Week Bi Corner: Looking for the Right Things

Essential Viewing for Christmakwanzakah and Boxing Day Too!


The Sin City Classic 2019

108 Human Nature Holiday Jukebox 112 New Years in Las Vegas

PUBLISHER Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. EDITOR Ernie Yuen LAYOUT & DESIGN Jake Naylor, Chuck Spady ADVERTISING Ernie Yuen, Lyndon R. Marquez & Clair Koetitz PHOTOGRAPHY Barbara Maeker, Yev Z Photography, Photos by Sin, Wayne Schultz/ Shutter Bear, Mike Ruiz, Virgil Ocampo ON THE COVER Mike Ruiz, his partner Wayne and their dog, Julia COVER THANKS Cover Photo by Virgil Ocampo CONTRIBUTORS Kathryn Aull, Casey Arasa, Jeff Carden, Paul Cieslewicz, Chris Davin, Trish Davis, Clair Koetitz, Deejay Labayan-Arevalo, David Hernandez, Pamela Herr, Briana Lake, Lyndon Marquez, Steve Mitchell, Nick Olmstead, Skip Sheffield, Randy Slovacek, Tom Tietjen, Ernie Yuen, The Park, MGM International, INNdulge 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 For information regarding Las Vegas PRIDE events, visit 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 EDITOR By Ernie Yuen, Executive Director, Las Vegas PRIDE

Aloha! Here we are ending our 4th season for Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine. In January 2015, we launched our 501c3 nonprofit magazine, not knowing where this venture would lead us, studying many national magazines for ideas, our vision was to provide our Las Vegas LGBT Community a publication to help promote all local 501c3 organizations and their events. We are also committed to publishing educational articles and supporting events to bring awareness to our community. Happy Holidays everyone, please enjoy our Holiday/New Year’s Issue. On our cover, the world-famous Mike Ruiz and his fur baby Oliver. We all love our furry kids, they are truly a part of our families. Recently Mike lost Oliver. Heartbroken, Mike needed to find a way to celebrate Oliver’s life and the 2019 Calendar: Bicep’s and Bulldogs was born. Don’t forget December 1st is Worlds Aids Day, all over the world many communities light up their buildings in red to horror those who we have lost to HIV. Please welcome Access to Healthcare, our newest Advertiser to our Magazine, Check out their first of many HIV articles on page 25. December 15th at the Las Vegas House of Blues, they will be host “A Drag Queen Christmas” see page 13 for more details. During the holidays show on the strip deck their stages with some holiday magic, Legends and Human Nature celebrate the holidays and spread good cheer. See Writer Randy Slovacek article (page 19) about Legends 35 years entertaining on our Las Vegas strip. Lots to do on the strip to the holidays, a local east side favorite, Mystic Falls Park at Sam’s Town. Boyd gaming on of the new top-level sponsors for Las Vegas is very excited with their new sponsorship and happy to be involved with Las Vegas Pride, lots of great things in the plans, I can’t wait to share them with you.

2019 Calendar ready for you! Fun themes, great costume contest and Musical Bingos are all set for 2019. Please mark your calendar, the first Wednesday of each month for Las Vegas PRIDE Family Bingo RuPaul’s Drag Race- All Stars 4 cast announcement has been made. Mama Ru should be proud of her girls and the lineup looks exciting, ladies and gentlemen- start your engine- it’s gonna be a fun ride. David Hernandez- graced the cover of our second issue, he’s back and just recently released a new album “Kingdom. Get the entire story on page 44 thank you- Skip Sheffield for the great article. Want to get out of the cold? 3-hour drive and you’ll be in Palm Springs- Check Our advertising partner INNdulge and nice resort in Palm Springs, next time I’m in town I need to stop by and give Jon a hug and say Aloha! 2019 is right around the corner, of course the strip will be crazy and let’s not forget our annual promise we make to ourselves and break on January 4th, 5th or 6th. Sean Baughman, owner of Therma Slim has some great advice to start you off in 2019, please see his article on page 60. I would like to thank all of our 2018 magazine advertisers, without you this magazine could never be produce. Thank you to our staff writers, Committee Members Clair, Lyndon, Staff Writers Brianna and Steve. Thank you to all of the photographers for all of your contributions- your photos are beautiful. Graphics guru’s Chuck and Jake for turning our crazy vision into relativity. It takes a great team to pull of this amazing product. To my board of Directors- thank you for your support and love- we completed another year- Who knew?! As we bring 2018 to close, I hope all of you had some great moments. As we welcome 2019, may your New Year’s be bright, safe successful, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us n 2019. I wish you all “Happy Holidays” and a very “Happy 2019 New Year”. I’ll see you soon in 2019. Please be safe, have fun, make good choices and be nice to one another. Peace- Love- Pride! In PRIDE, Ernie “Pineapple” Yuen Executive Director, Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. & Editor, Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

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LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT THINGS BI CORNER By Steve Mitchell What do you see when you look around you? Open doors or closed doors? Winning or losing? Recent studies in psychology tell us that we can, and do, program our brains. That programming ultimately determines the outcomes, experiences and emotions in our lives. Most people program their brains without realizing that they do it. The good news is that we can reprogram our brains for happiness and success in all areas of life. The LGBTQ community is, in some ways, no different than any other community. It is made up of people from all walks of life – some rich, some poor, some in the middle. On the other hand, it is a community of people with a few very important things in common. In many ways, LGBTQ people are still marginalized. Marginalization separates one as being “different than the others”.

That aspect of marginalization is powerfully negative. But that also creates a dynamic which is positive. A lot of people who have been marginalized are now a group of people tied together by that marginalization and a community is born. Yes, people have their differences but they share a very powerful common denominator – they have been pushed out of the “normal” circles (as defined by society) but the commonalities of that marginalized group create a new normal. How do you see your experience? Is it one of being pushed out of a group or being pushed INTO a group? This is an area where one can re-train their brain. How do you view that experience? We don’t see what we are not looking for. If you view your experience as being pushed out of somewhere then you set an expectation that you will face

rejection again. You will look for it and you will find it because you view everything through the that filter. If, on the other hand, you view your experience as being pushed into a community of people who are like you, and you, therefore, feel welcome, you will expect to be welcomed. You will look for experiences that validate that and you will find them because you are looking for them. Our ability to do this is a gift. And it may be the greatest gift we’ve been given. I challenge you to understand your filters and change them where they need changing. Expect kindness. Expect acceptance, especially in the LGBTQ community. Expect friendship. You will find those things because they are all around you. You may be missing them because your filter is set to find the opposite. Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 11


The holiday season in Las Vegas is always over the top. With decorations and celebrations on a huge scale and with all the bling that anyone could ever imagine. Having a reputation as a city that loves twinkly bright lights on a grand scale, the holidays are no exception.

parties, and attractions filled with never seen before décor. The season ends with fireworks-lots of fireworks. There are also plenty of local attractions that are fun for the entire family.

There is always something to see and do during the holidays here in Las Vegas, the city of December in Las Vegas brings a little chill to seemingly endless entertainment and lights, lots the air. The city is busy with many festivals, of holiday lights!

GLITTERING LIGHTS AT THE LAS VEGAS SPEEDWAY It’s time to grab family and friends, and jingle that sleigh to Las Vegas Motor Speedway – only 10 minutes from the Spaghetti Bowl – for the holiday drive-through spectacular, Glittering Lights. The dazzling array of festive lights and sounds feature more than 3 million lights that intertwine through the speedway. Glittering Lights has entertained more than 2.2 million people the past 15 years. Completely LED, the 2.5 course of Glittering Lights is environmentally sound with colors that shine more vibrant than before. 12 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

THE ICE RINK AT THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS The temperature might be well above freezing in Las Vegas but there’s still a 100 percent chance of snow at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ Ice Rink this winter. The resort transforms its Boulevard Pool area into a winter wonderland for the holiday season, complete with an ice rink and gently falling snow throughout the evenings. You can glide around the rink to the sounds of Christmas music while enjoying the views of the Strip from the rooftop location.

ETHEL M CHOCOLATES CACTUS GARDEN Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden will be decorated with over over 600,000 holiday lights across 300 species of plants. Spanning more than three acres, the seasonal attraction is a free holiday tradition for Southern Nevada. In addition to twinkling lights, the holiday hot spot will offer choirs on Friday and Saturday and photos with Santa from Friday to Sunday. The attraction will be open 5 to 10pm at Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Garden, 2 Cactus Garden Drive, Henderson. On the weekend evenings, Santa visits and local choirs perform. This year, a new skating rink was added which is open daily from 10:00am to 10:00pm. There are fresh gourmet collections, seasonal favorites, stocking stuffers and gift baskets available including The Festive Collection, which includes Peppermint Bark, Milk Chocolate Creamy Caramels, Almond Butter Krisps and Pecan Caramel Raptures, the latter two are Kosher.

THE MAGICAL FOREST AT OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE Experience the Magic! Celebrate the holidays with a cherished southern Nevada tradition – the Magical Forest at Opportunity Village! The Magical Forest is a winter wonderland with millions of sparkling lights, nightly entertainment, great food and endless holiday cheer. You’ll enjoy all this glimmering splendor and much, much more. A forest filled with hundreds of dazzling trees, Forest Express passenger train, Cheyenne’s enchanted carousel, Boris the Elf’s Experience. Added this year is The Blizzard, an all-new mini coaster. Also fun, visit Ron’s mini golf, photos with Santa and nightly entertainment and enjoy lots of free parking. Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 13

PALAZZO WATERFALL ATRIUM AND HOLIDAY GARDENS Featuring trees and golden snowflakes, there’s much a-twinkling at the Palazzo Waterfall Atrium and Gardens. Not to be outdone by the twinkle-ness of the golden snowflakes are the gardens bright flowers consisting of poinsettia’s and other seasonal blooms. The Palazzo’s display is definitely worth a visit and is open 24/7 continuing through the first week of January. Be sure to get a photo of you and yours in front of the waterfall, though there may be a wait as it seems to be a prime spot for Las Vegas selfies.

THE BELLAGIO CONSERVATORY HOLIDAY DISPLAY Each season, the enormously talented horticulturalists and designers who make up the Bellagio Conservatory team transform this 14,000-square-foot floral playground into a showcase of the distinctive sights and colors of spring, summer, fall and winter— each year the theme changes. The Christmas tree is always a show-stopper, and the yearly variations in the displays offer something new each season. Christmas explodes with holiday cheer and makes a wonderful place for pictures. Nothing is spared during the holidays. 34,000 Flowers adorn the display including varieties of Poinsettias, Azalea’s, Cyclamen, and Ottowa Mums. Also included are Silver Tip Trees from Mt. Lassen, California. It’s worth fighting the crowds, for aa glimpse of this “must see” display during the holidays. 14 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

HOLIDAY AT THE PARK The holidays are here at The Park with its ornament filled archways, frosted crystal blooms, branches lit with icicle lights, and an 80-foot-tall holiday tree. Everyone is welcome at this festive winter wonderland. Lace up your skates and show us your best moves at the ice rink. Join the fun at the Toshiba Plaza outside the T-Mobile arena.

NEW YEAR’S EVE AT FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE “America’s Party Downtown” will boast 12 bands on three stages, the debut of a new Viva Vision light show from one of the most popular bands in the world, onstage pyrotechnics, an EDM stage and more. New Year’s Eve promises to be the biggest blow-out in all of Las Vegas. Fremont Street Experience has a ton of surprises in store for New Year’s Eve, so don’t miss out! On New Year’s Eve, they are taking the celebration to a new level. In addition to the non-stop live entertainment on three stages, the premiere of a new Viva Vision light show featuring an A-list band, exciting roaming, Broadway-quality entertainment all night long, cool entertainment zones with interactive activities and surprises.


Start off right and usher in the New Year with the Mayor of Las Vegas, Carolyn Goodman’s Party with 25,000 of your new best friends at Fremont Street Experience on New Year’s Eve.

It’s safe to say that New Year’s Eve is the busiest time of the year in Las Vegas -- at least when it comes to partying. There’s a lot going on and you need to plan in advance. Las Vegas Blvd will be shut down to traffic from Russell to Sahara -- which means the Strip will be overloaded with pedestrians watching the fireworks shoot from the rooftops of seven casinos.

Get tickets now and cross a major item off your bucket list as you ring in 2018 in downtown Sin City, the original Las Vegas.

If you plan to drive (and you probably shouldn’t), you’ll have to take the side streets and arrive early to score a parking space at one of the casinos. Uber and Lyft are good alternatives although the flexible pricing rates may be through the roof. Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 15

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Next you’ll be “Jammin’” with another Legends first, Bob Marley portrayed by OneGunn, as he performs the Reggae legend’s hits “Buffalo Soldier,” “Shot the Sherriff” and “Get Up Stand Up,” among others. Lori Mitchell-Gay brings Tina Turner and her classic hits “Private Dancer” and “Proud Mary” among others to the stage, while Kevin Mills pays homage to the King himself, Elvis Presley (through July 19). The other king, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, is portrayed by Brandon Jones - who brings the icons’ hits to the award-winning production with many “Thriller” moments.


By Randy Slovacek //

Legends in Concert celebrates 35 a live band that rocks the house with years as the longest-running show in vivacious back-up singers and dancers Las Vegas with an incomparable cast who bring the performances to life. of music legends. Legends will take audiences on a The acclaimed production, featuring musical journey through various a live band and dancers, will genres of music including Country, bring audiences to their feet with Pop, Rock and Reggae during the performances paying tribute to dynamic 90 minutes show. Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and, for the first “Runaway” for the first time in time ever on the Legends stage, Jon Legends’ history with Jon Bon Jovi Bon Jovi and Bob Marley at Flamingo portrayed by Jason Morey, who will Las Vegas July 1 through September 9, also rock out with Jersey-boy’s hits, 2018. “Wanted Dead or Alive” and the anthem “Living On A Prayer.” The tribute artists perform using their own natural voices, and are backed by

And finally, Johnny Cash is paid tribute by Shawn Barker (beginning July 21), who portrayed the Country icon on Broadway in “Million Dollar Quartet,” as well as on stage all over the world from Australia to Europe. Legends in Concert continues to celebrate the world’s most famous and influential icons, many gone too soon, giving audiences an extraordinary chance to experience live the most captivating music, fashion and memories of these true legends. For more than three decades, “Legends in Concert” has proudly entertained more than 6.6 million Las Vegas visitors and residents, produced over 18,500 performances on the Las Vegas Strip and performed to more than 30 million fans worldwide. Tickets are on sale at all Caesars Entertainment box offices or by calling 702-777-2782. For additional information visit www. Randy Slovacek is the author of The Randy Report - a Las Vegas-based LGBT blog covering entertainment, pop culture and politics. Follow him at Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 21

Accessing a Healthier Nevada By Nick Olmstead

Saving lives and giving Nevadans access to the healthcare they deserve has been our mission since 2007 and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Access to Healthcare Network(AHN) is a local non-profit dedicated to assisting individuals and their families in our community in accessing healthcare services and resources to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Access to Healthcare Network has a wide range of programs that can help all different aspects of the community. Our organization started in Northern Nevada in 2007 and has since then grown to become a statewide organization serving thousands of Nevadans. Access to Healthcare Network has been fortunate to be one of the community partners in the state to receive funding to administer several Ryan White Programs. Our funding at Access to Healthcare Network allows us to identify eligible consumers living with HIV/AIDS as well as providing Medical, Dental, Vision, Insurance, & Medical Case Management assistance. Getting Nevadans to an undetectable state is an everyday fight, and one that we at AHN are never going to stop fighting for. Access to Healthcare Network is one of the organization in the state of Nevada that receives funding for ADAP (Aids Drug Assistance Program) funding.

The ADAP program allows us to assist consumers with their allowable medication costs so that they can be assured they won’t have a lapse in their medication. This program is just one of many services we provide in partnership with Nevada’s Ryan White Programs.

helping to ensure that Nevadans throughout the state have access to the care they need and deserve.

If you need help to access healthcare don’t be afraid to reach out, we’ll be there with a helping hand. We have 2 locations in the state of Nevada. We are at 3085 E Flamingo Rd, Ste A, Las AHN was built on the principal of Vegas, NV 89121 and 4001 S Virginia shared responsibility where everyone St, Ste F, Reno, NV 89502 or call us at contributes something and no one 844-609-4623. group is unduly burdened. The model informs our mission and continues to influence our actions as we evolve within the changing healthcare landscape. As healthcare continues to change, Access to Healthcare Network will change along with it, Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 25

First we’ll make snow angels for two hours,

then we’ll go ice skating,

then we’ll eat a whole roll of cookie dough as fast as we can,

and then we’ll snuggle!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Modo Yoga Las Vegas Please check our website & app for our reduced holiday schedule.

Make the Season Bright Mystic Falls Park® Winter Wonderland Returns with Laser Light Show

Boyd Gaming’s Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall, a proud sponsor of Las Vegas PRIDE, will light up its celebrated winter display at Mystic Falls Park® on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at its annual tree lighting ceremony hosted by Boyd Gaming Executive Chairman Bill Boyd. As part of Sam’s Town’s holiday tradition for more than 20 years, the holiday attraction features a Winter Wonderland theme and holiday-inspired laser light show, 28 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

available for visitors to enjoy through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. The festive, holiday-themed attraction at Mystic Falls Park® is a timehonored tradition goes back to 1994, with decorations beginning in Sam’s Town’s porte-cochere and decorative snowflakes leading guests through the property to Mystic Falls Park®. Garland streams, wreath-adorned lampposts and snow-covered trees fill the atrium, and the decor offers

guests a glimpse inside Santa’s workshop, from elves making toys to loading up Santa’s sleigh with goodies for children. A nine-minute laser light show is the centerpiece of the display, featuring a variety of classic holiday songs, including “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Let It Snow,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “Frosty the Snowman.” Performances run every hour,

between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Adding to the wintery environment, Mystic Falls Park® will make it snow in the Las Vegas desert every night through the new year. Santa will also join in the festivities by visiting Mystic Falls Park® gazebo beginning Nov. 23 through Dec. 23 on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. –

8:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 8:30 p.m. Sam’s Town is also bringing back its annual tradition of hosting a cell phone drive for Cell Phones for Soldiers. Guests are encouraged to bring cell phones and chargers to the B Connected desk or hotel front desk through Wednesday, Nov. 30. Each donated device provides a service member with nearly two and a half hours of free talk time. Guests who

donate cell phones will receive one free dining coupon to Firelight Buffet with the purchase of another buffet. In addition to checking out the Mystic Falls Park® holiday attraction, all families can enjoy a variety of premier amenities at Sam’s Town, including a stay at the property’s newly remodeled hotel suites;

56-lane bowling center; cutting-edge movie theater; delectable dining experiences at The Angry Butcher Steakhouse; holiday parties hosted at Sam’s Town’s lush meeting spaces; and top live entertainment at Sam’s Town Live!, such as the renowned entertainer Clint Holmes, performing on New Year’s Eve. For more information on holiday happenings at Sam’s Town, visit Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 29

Open 24/7 with onsite security and plenty of parking. Mention code PRIDE20 to receive 10% off your entire order! Discounts can be combined with other offers up to 25% off! *For use only by adults 21 years of age and older. Keep out of reach of children.

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1415 E. Charleston Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 831-0621

Badlands Saloon

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

Bastille on 3rd

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

Fun Hog Ranch

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

The Garage

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

The Las Vegas Eagle

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The Phoenix

4213 W. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89102 (702) 826-2422 Open Noon – 4am, Gaming, No Cover

Quadz Video Bar

4640 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89169 (702) 733-0383 Open 24/7, Gaming, No Cover

Spotlight Lounge

975 E. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 431-9775 Open 24/7, Gaming, No Cover

GAY NIGHTCLUBS Charlie’s Las Vegas

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

Flex Nightclub

4347 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89102 (702) 878-3355 Open 24/7, Gaming, No Cover

Hamburger Mary’s Cabaret

1700 E Flamingo Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 733-8787 Open 11am Mon-Sun, No Cover

Piranha Nightclub & 8 1/2 Ultralounge

4633 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89169 (702) 791-0100 Open Nightly 10pm, No Cover

BUSINESSES LAMBDA Business Association 4015 Maryland Pkwy Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 893-2088 LGBT Business Directory & Guide

The Black Room

1000 E. Sahara, Ave, Ste 108 Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 685-8688 Las Vegas Fetish Shop

Entourage Vegas

953 E. Sahara Ave., #19 Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 650-9191 Men’s Gym & Spa

Get Booked

4640 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169 (702) 737-7780 Underwear/Swimwear, Accessories, Novelties, PRIDE Merchandise

Hamburger Mary’s

1700 E Flamingo Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 733-8787 *Restaurant & Bar Opening Soon

Hawks Gym

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

Lion’s Den

2923 Sammy Davis Jr. Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89109 (702) 892-9315 Adult Novelty Merchandise

The Gay & Lesbian Center 401 S. Maryland Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 733-9800

Gender Justice Nevada

7465 W Lake Mead Blvd #107 Las Vegas, NV 89128 (702) 425-7288

Golden Rainbow


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

Aid for Aids of Nevada (AFAN)

HRC Las Vegas

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

Aids Healthcare Foundation North: (702) 639-8100 South: (702) 862-8075

American Civil Liberties Union 401 S. Maryland Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 366-1226

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Betty’s Outrageous Adventures

Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire P.O. Box 46481 Las Vegas, NV 89114

Leather Uniform Club (LUC) of Las Vegas

Las Vegas boys of Leather

Las Vegas Men’s Chorus PO Box 95021 Las Vegas, NV 89193 (702) 594-3393

Las Vegas Prime Timers Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada 714 E. Sahara Ave. National Suicide Prevention Las Vegas, NV 89104 Lifeline (702) 369-8700

1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)


Nevada Gay Rodeo Association (NGRA)

Nevada Tobacco Quitline 1 (800) QUIT-NOW

New Horizons Nevada 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

Prime Timers

PO Box 42424 Las Vegas, NV 89166 (702) 527-2360

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

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

Sin Sity Sisters SADAP P.O. Box 60005 Las Vegas, NV 89160 (702) 592-6969

Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. (Las Vegas PRIDE) 4001 S. Decatur Blvd. #37-540 Las Vegas, NV 89103-5800 (866) 930-3336

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In preparation for its North American premiere, the Rio Showroom at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino was transformed into a world of water including a custom-built stage and pool that promises an up-close and interactive audience experience. Though grand in scale, design and production, the family-friendly show provides Las Vegas audiences with an intimate theatrical water show adventure unlike any other. Set against the backdrop of a spectacular 3,300 square foot LED wall providing breathtaking visuals, the daredevil acrobatics and dazzling choreography are performed by a company of 30 performers featuring thrilling theatrical lighting and magnificent music that guarantees audiences will be wowed!


WO R L D O F WO N D E R By Randy Slovacek of

“WOW,” the internationally-acclaimed production at the Rio Showroom at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, has much to celebrate these days. A critically-acclaimed water entertainment spectacular that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary, WOW has been seen by more than 2.5 million people to date. The award-winning production has assembled a company of international performing artists, acrobats and dancers who fly, flip, fold, dance and defy the imagination in a 180 degree theatrical setting that engages the audience from beginning to end with 3D multi-media projections, water walls, and holograms.

The internationally acclaimed show recently celebrated its one-year anniversary at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Plus, it has also received four prestigious “Best of Las Vegas” awards including Best Value Show (Gold), Best Family Friendly Show (Silver), Best New Act/Show (Bronze) and Best Production Show (Bronze). “We are so thrilled that Las Vegas audiences have embraced our show and our cast over the last year,” said creator and director, Hanoch Rosènn. “Being a part of this amazing Las Vegas entertainment community has been an honor for all of us at WOW – and, to also receive these wonderful awards is icing on top of a very large one-year anniversary cake!”

Not only are audiences loving WOW, but the critics are as well: “WOW blends elements of an oldschool Vegas variety show with modern staging and a soundtrack of familiar, beloved music for an immersive and intimate experience.” – Ken Miller, Las Vegas Magazine “It’s a fast moving collection of extraordinary circus acts for the entire family.” – Robin Leach, Las Vegas Review Journal “WOW” is one of Las Vegas’ newest must-see shows the whole family can enjoy together.” – Sunseeker Magazine The water spectacular “WOW – The Vegas Spectacular” will play at the Rio Showroom at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Tuesday through Sunday at 7:00 p.m. with additional shows at 9:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Tickets range from $49 - $109 + taxes and fees and can be purchased at the Rio Box Office, Ticketmaster, RioLasVegas. com or by calling 702-777-7776. Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 37

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Twinkling lights, festive refrains from strolling carolers and the rich smell of hot cocoa will fill the air as Holiday at The Park returns Thursday, Nov. 29. The sights of the holidays will greet visitors and locals alike the moment they arrive, with towering ornamentshaped arches marking the entrance. As guests wander through The Park, pop-up dining experiences in quaint cabins from Beerhaus, Bruxie and more will offer a variety of bites and sips inspired by European holiday traditions, including German

sausages, waffles on a stick and mulled wine. Strolling carolers will sing the songs of the season and spread cheer throughout The Park, leading guests all the way to the tower 80-foot holiday tree on Toshiba Plaza.

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3- Bastille on 3rd 1402 S. Third St. 702-385 9298

4- Charlie’s Las Vegas 5012 Arville St. 702-876-1844

5- The Phoenix 4213 W Sahara Ave. 702-826-2422

6- 8½ Ultra Lounge 4633 Paradise Rd. 702-379-9500

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Christmakwanzakah AND BOXING DAY TOO! By Paul Cieslewicz

Ah, the Holidays! That joyous time of year when we judge Starbucks cups, brace ourselves for “the war on Christmas” and dream of ‘Dexter’ing our relation. Karen Walker said it best on Will & Grace, when she stated, “It’s Christmas, for goodness sake! Think about the baby Jesus: up in that tower, letting his hair down... so that the three wise men can climb up and spin the dreidel and see if there are six more weeks of winter.” There are plenty of traditional holiday films and specials out there, but what do you watch when you’re exhausted by It’s A Wonderful Life, White Christmas, The Polar Express, Die Hard and Batman Returns (technically the last two do take place during the Christmas season)? I just so happen to have some quirky alternatives for when Will Ferrell’s 90-minute sugar rush in Elf becomes too much to handle. So grab your funny bone and a cuddle buddy, pause Eugene Ormandy & The Philadelphia Orchestra’s “I Wonder As I Wander” or Bob Rivers’ “The Twelve Pains of Christmas” (essential holiday listening!), and settle in for a long winter’s viewing of not-so-obvious holiday favorites…of mine, of course. Putting the “fun” in dysfunctional, Home for the Holidays, Jodie Foster’s

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ode to holiday family gatherings, shows us the sometimes painfully funny side of Thanksgiving dinner. The film stars Holly Hunter as an overwhelmed daughter who loses her job and gets told by her own daughter that she will probably sleep with her boyfriend while her mom is away, all just before departing to see her family in Baltimore. If that weren’t enough already, she must deal with a perfectionist sister (Cynthia Stevenson) and her equally annoying husband and children and her gay brother (Robert Downey Jr. in full man-child improv mode), whom she suspects is having relationship problems when he shows up with a very handsome “friend” (Dylan McDermott) instead of his longtime boyfriend. Charles Durning and the legendary Anne Bancroft, proving she was Mrs. Robinson to the end, play the parents. Watching this every year reminds me of my family gatherings, from the various clashes to the loving nostalgia involved. It’s a reminder that you can’t pick your family, but they are family nonetheless.

Kristin Chenoweth, of Wicked, Glee, Pushing Daisies and countless other gay viewing requirements, Anna Chlumsky (pre-Veep) and Josh Hopkins, who himself is a gay viewing requirement. The story follows Chenoweth’s E.J., a disgraced New York City publicist, who catches her boss and her fiancé shtupping each other at the office Christmas party. To get away from it all, E.J. takes a job in Montana where she forms a “love to hate, hate to love” relationship with Hopkins’ Will, a member of the town’s Rescue Squad. From that relationship comes the inspiration to turn the town’s boring scenic calendar into a studly shirtless calendar featuring the members of the Search & Rescue team that will also help raise money for new equipment. As with most Lifetime Television movies, 12 Men of Christmas is a tad predictable, but Chenoweth never lets the energy or charm wane. You might also find yourself experiencing a mighty thirst when E.J. and Will first meet as he exits a friends’ swimming pool. People with pacemakers beware!

Not all my recommendations are theatrical releases, as evidenced by 12 Men of Christmas, a Lifetime Television network movie (stop rolling your eyes!). 12 Men… stars

Remember when watching Kevin Spacey was cool? When watching the brilliant performances in The Usual Suspects, American Beauty or House of Cards wasn’t overshadowed by a

general sense of creepiness? The good news is that you can watch The Ref without that feeling of dread, as it is Denis Leary who carries the movie with his trademark snarkiness, and Spacey’s bitter husband spends a portion of the film tied to a chair with a gag in his mouth. The story revolves around Gus (Leary), a down on his luck burglar whose latest attempt at thievery bites him in the butt (literally), his getaway driver abandons him, and he is now wanted in a prestigious Connecticut community. In desperation he takes a bickering couple, Lloyd & Caroline (Spacey & Judy Davis), hostage as they are returning from a tumultuous couples’ counseling session on Christmas Eve. Gus soon realizes the error of his ways, as the arguing couple’s equally off-kilter family soon begins to join them, starting with their shipped-offto-military-school son, followed by Lloyd’s brother and sister-in-law with their two kids and his overbearing mother. Christine Baranski as the sister-in-law, Connie, has one of the darkest comedic Christmas lines of all-time: “That is not the spirit of Christmas. The spirit of Christmas is either you’re good, or you’re punished, and you burn in hell!” The Ref comes highly recommended for those who like their Christmas comedy pitch black! Speaking of dark holiday comedies, in my opinion nothing tops Gremlins, the granddaddy of all Christmas mischievousness. Many films have tried to equal Gremlins perfect balance of Christmas cuteness and dark comedy, including 2010’s Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale and 2015’s Krampus, but none have quite succeeded the way Gremlins does.

From the adorable introduction of Gizmo, the film’s innocent non-mischievous Mogwai, who unintentionally gives birth to the nasty green counterparts when “the rules” aren’t followed, to the leader of the gremlins, Stripe, escaping the theater when the rest of the gremlins are destroyed in an explosion while singing “Heigh Ho” from Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to the caroling gremlins that launch a woman from her home in a stairway lift chair (“Deagle! Deagle! Deagle!”), Gremlins is full of memorable moments that make it an underrated

Christmas classic. Just don’t mention that to Phoebe Cate’s character, Kate, during her infamous “Santa down the chimney” speech! Plus the rules in Gremlins could apply to many people in the gay community today: “(1) No bright light, (2) don’t get him wet, and (3) never feed him after midnight, no matter how much he begs.” Paul has been a comic book collector since 1985. This, of course, means he was a comic geek before he was a movie geek. He now understands why he drove his parents crazy in his teenage years.

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Badlands Saloon (702) 792-9262 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

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 / 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 /

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 /

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 /

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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THE CENTER Complimentary Rapid HIV Testing and Counseling

401 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 733-9800 //

Monday: 10AM-12PM and 1:30PM-5PM FREE Rapid HIV Testing (results in 20 minutes) Tuesday: 10AM-12PM and 1:30PM-5PM FREE Rapid HIV Testing (results in 20 minutes) Wednesday: 10AM-12PM and 1:30PM-5PM FREE Rapid HIV Testing (results in 20 minutes) Thursday: 10AM-12PM and 1:30PM-5PM FREE Rapid HIV Testing (results in 20 minutes)

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1120 Almond Tree Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 382-2326 // Monday: 8:30 AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-4:00PM FREE HIV Testing Tuesday: 8:30 AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-4:00PM FREE HIV Testing Wednesday: 8:30 AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-4:00PM FREE HIV Testing Thursday: 8:30 AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-4:00PM FREE HIV Testing Friday: 8:30 AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-4:00PM FREE HIV Testing

COMMUNITY COUNSELING CENTER Complimentary Rapid HIV Testing 714 E Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 369-8700 //

Monday: 8AM-5PM FREE Rapid HIV Testing (results in 20 minutes) Tuesday: 8AM-5PM FREE Rapid HIV Testing (results in 20 minutes) Wednesday: 8AM-5PM FREE Rapid HIV Testing (results in 20 minutes) Thursday: 8AM-5PM FREE Rapid HIV Testing (results in 20 minutes) Friday: 8AM-5PM FREE Rapid HIV Testing (results in 20 minutes)

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280 S. Decatur Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89107 (702) 759-0708 // Monday-Friday: 8AM-4PM The following services are offered at the Sexual Health Clinic: Diagnosis and treatment of active or suspected cases of: • Chlamydia • Gonorrhea • Syphilis • HIV • Trichomonas (females only) • Bacterial Vaginosis (females only) Free condoms and instruction on how to safely use them (both male and female condoms) Follow-up bloodwork High-risk behavior counseling HIV Nursing Case Management Injection series for syphilis medication Partner notification Referrals by private physicians Sexual assault follow-up Test results and counseling

Please Note:

Basic screenings are available at the Sexual Health Clinic for $40. Basic screenings include Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and HIV. Additional fees apply for other tests. Clients seeking treatment at the Sexual Health Clinic should know that the health district is required to report cases involving assault or abuse to appropriate agencies. Services and testing are available on a drop-in basis and done by specially trained licensed and registered nurses.

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World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve educaWorld AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an tion. opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemo- Saturday night, December 1st, at 8 p.m., rate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global several casinos and landmarks on the health day, held for the first time in 1988. Strip, downtown and across the city displayed red lights or a World AIDS Day Over 100,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally there image on their marquees are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have The inaugural World AIDS Day was held died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandem- in 1988 and was the first-ever health ics in history. awareness day to be recognized globally. Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there As of 2015, there are 36.7 million people are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so living with HIV worldwide and AFAN much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK helps more than 1,200 adults and chilaround 6,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know dren in Southern Nevada through direct the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and client service programs, food programs, discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the con- prevention and education programs and dition. community outreach. For more information on this initiative or to make a donation visit 80 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

The Washington Monument

Niagra Falls

City Hall in Toronto Canada

New York Stock Exchange

Freedom Tower

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The London Eye

The Space Needle

What Is HIV? HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome,  or AIDS, if not treated. Unlike some other viruses, the human body can’t get rid of HIV completely, even with treatment. So once you get HIV, you have it for life. HIV attacks the body’s immune system, specifically the CD4 cells (T cells), which help the immune system fight off infections. Untreated, HIV reduces the number of CD4 cells (T cells) in the body, making the person more likely to get other infections or infection-related cancers. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and disease. These opportunistic infections or cancers take advantage of a very weak immune system and signal that the person has AIDS, the last stage of HIV infection.

What Is AIDS? AIDS is the most severe phase of HIV infection. People with AIDS have such badly damaged immune systems that they get an increasing number of severe illnesses, called opportunistic infections.

What Are the Stages of HIV Infection?

Without treatment, HIV advances in stages, overwhelming your immune system and getting worse over time. The three stages of HIV infection are: (1) acute HIV infection, (2) clinical latency, and (3) AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). However, there’s good news: by using HIV medicines (called antiviral therapy or ART) consistently, you can prevent HIV from progressing to AIDS. ART helps control the virus so that you can live a longer, healthier life and greatly reduces the risk of transmitting HIV to others. These are the three stages of HIV infection:

Acute HIV Infection Stage Within 2 to 4 weeks after infection, many, but not all, people develop flu-like symptoms, often described as “the worst flu ever.” Symptoms can include fever, swollen glands, sore throat, rash, muscle and joint aches and pains, and headache. This is called “acute retro viral syndrome” (ARS) or “primary HIV infection,” and it’s the body’s natural response to the HIV infection. People who think that they may have been infected recently and are in the acute stage of HIV infection should seek medical care right away. Starting treatment at this stage can have significant benefits to your health.

Clinical Latency Stage After the acute stage of HIV infection, the disease moves into a stage called the “clinical latency” stage. “Latency” means a period where a virus is living or developing in a person without producing symptoms. During the clinical latency stage, people who are infected with HIV experience no symptoms, or only mild ones. (This stage is sometimes called “asymptomatic HIV infection” or “chronic HIV infection.”)

AIDS This is the stage of HIV infection that occurs when your immune system is badly damaged, and you become vulnerable to opportunistic infections. When the number of your CD4 cells falls below 200 cells per cubic millimeter of blood (200 cells/mm3), you are considered to have progressed to AIDS. (In someone with a healthy immune system, CD4 counts are between 500 and 1,600 cells/mm3.) You are also considered to have progressed to AIDS if you develop one or more opportunistic illnesses, regardless of your CD4 count.

Is There a Cure for HIV? No effective cure currently exists for HIV. But with proper medical care, HIV can be controlled. Treatment for HIV is called antiviral therapy or ART. If taken the right way, every day, ART can dramatically prolong the lives of many people infected with HIV, keep them healthy, and greatly lower their chance of infecting others. Before the introduction of ART in the mid-1990s, people with HIV could progress to AIDS (the last stage of HIV infection) in a few years. Today, someone diagnosed with HIV and treated before the disease is far advanced can live nearly as long as someone who does not have HIV. Content Source: CDC’s HIV Basics

How is HIV spread?

HIV is spread mostly through four body fluids: •


vaginal fluid


breast milk

HIV is spread mostly through four body fluids: •





How is HIV spread through sex? You can get infected from sexual contact with someone who is infected with HIV. Sexual contact that can transmit HIV includes: •

vaginal sex (penis in the vagina)

anal sex (penis in the anus of either a man or a woman)

oral sex (penis in the mouth)

If you have sex, the best thing you can do to prevent HIV infection is practice “safer sex” with any partner who is not proven to be HIV negative (on recent testing). To do so, always use protection--this could include using a condom, dental dam, or other latex barrier, and/or PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis, a daily medication taken daily to prevent HIV). It is also important to avoid “rough sex” or other activities that might cause bleeding. If you use lube with a condom, make sure it is water based, not oil-based. Oil-based lube causes latex condoms to break. if used correctly and consistently, condoms also protect against other sexually transmitted infections and against pregnancy. If you have unprotected sex with someone who is infected, it doesn’t mean that you will be infected, too. But there is always a chance, especially if your partner is not on effective HIV medicines. Using condoms and PrEP reduces your risk.

HIV is NOT spread by: •

hugging or massage



dry kissing

phone sex

cyber sex

sex toys you don’t share

daily living with someone who has HIV

How is HIV spread through blood? You can become infected if you have contact with the blood of someone who is infected with HIV. Blood-borne infection with HIV can occur through:

• • • • •

sharing injection equipment when shooting drugs getting tattoos or body piercings with unsterilized needles accidental needle sticks blood transfusions splashing blood in your eyes

HIV is NOT spread by blood passed through insect bites. If you inject drugs, the best thing to do is to use new or sterilized injection equipment every time. You can also take a daily medication called pre-exposure prophylaxis (Prep) to lower your risk of HIV.

Can HIV pass from mothers to their babies? Infection can pass from HIV positive pregnant women to their babies in the womb and during birth. Taking anti-HIV drugs during pregnancy and childbirth dramatically lowers the risk of a baby becoming infected with HIV. After birth, transmission can occur through breast milk of infected women. The highest risk may be in the early months after birth. It is recommended that new mothers who have HIV infection bottle-feed their babies rather than breast-feed. If you are a woman living with HIV and you intend to become pregnant, or you find out that you are HIV positive during your pregnancy, talk to your doctor immediately about ways to minimize the chances that your baby will become infected, too.

HIV can affect anyone regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender or age. However, certain groups are at higher risk for HIV and merit special consideration because of particular risk factors

Is the Risk of HIV Different for Different People? Some groups of people in the United States are more likely to get HIV than others because of many factors, including the status of their sex partners, their risk behaviors, and where they live. Gay and bisexual men have the largest number of new diagnoses in the United States. Blacks/African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos are disproportionately affected by HIV compared to other racial and ethnic groups. Also, trans gender women who have sex with men are among the groups at highest risk for HIV infection, and injection drug users remain at significant risk for getting HIV. Risky behaviors, like having anal or vaginal sex without using a condom or taking medicines to prevent or treat HIV, and sharing needles or syringes play a big role in HIV transmission. Anal sex is the highest-risk sexual behavior. If you don’t have HIV, being a receptive partner (or bottom) for anal sex is the highest-risk sexual activity for getting HIV. If you do have HIV, being the incentive partner (or top) for anal sex is the highest-risk sexual activity for transmitting HIV. But there are more tools available today to prevent HIV than ever before. Choosing less risky sexual behaviors, taking medicines to prevent and treat HIV, and using condoms with lubricants are all highly effective ways to reduce the risk of getting or transmitting HIV. How Can You Tell if You Have HIV? You cannot rely on symptoms to tell whether you have HIV. The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested. Knowing your status is important because it helps you make healthy decisions to prevent getting or transmitting HIV. The symptoms of HIV vary, depending on the individual and what stage of the disease you are in: the early stage, the clinical latency stage, or AIDS (the late stage of HIV infection). Below are the symptoms that some individuals may experience in these three stages. Not all individuals will experience these symptoms.

Early Stage of HIV About 40% to 90% of people have flu-like symptoms within 2-4 weeks after HIV infection. Other people do not feel sick at all during this stage, which is also known as acute HIV infection. Early infection is defined as HIV infection in the past six months (recent) and includes acute (very recent) infections. Flu-like symptoms can include: Fever, Chills, Rash, Night sweats, Muscle aches, Sore throat Fatigue, Swollen lymph nodes, Mouth ulcers

These symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. During this time, HIV infection may not show up on some types of HIV tests, but people who have it are highly infectious and can spread the infection to others. You should not assume you have HIV just because you have any of these symptoms. Each of these symptoms can be caused by other illnesses. And some people who have HIV do not show any symptoms at all for 10 years or more. However, if you think you may have been exposed to HIV and could be in the early stage of HIV infection, get an HIV test. Most HIV tests detect antibodies (proteins your body makes as a reaction against the presence of HIV), not HIV itself. But it take can take a few weeks or longer for your body to produce these antibodies. Some places use HIV tests that can detect acute and recent infections, but others do not. So be sure to let your testing site know if you think you may have been recently infected with HIV. Tests that can detect acute infection look for HIV RNA or p24 antigen. Most doctors and clinics that provide a full range of health care services can do this test, but some places that only do HIV testing may not have it. So you may want to contact the site before you go to ask if they can test you for acute HIV infection. .


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Inspired by “Christmas In July,” HUMAN NATURE, one of the world’s greatest pop vocal groups and a true Las Vegas success story announce their special ROCKIN’ HOLIDAY JUKEBOX performances for a limited engagement beginning November 27, 2018, at The Sands Showroom inside The Venetian® Las Vegas. The 19 holiday shows will celebrate the sounds of the season and, of course, some of the classic jukebox songs that have audiences on their feet nightly at The Venetian. Due to the critical and audience acclaim of their previous holiday shows, the group is bringing this full holiday show take-over back by popular demand – something the group and The Venetian have become renowned for as the ultimate holiday destination in Las Vegas. “Last Christmas we added a special holiday ‘juke joint’ section to our 108 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

show but, this year we decided to go full out with spreading the holiday cheer by hitting ‘play’ on a rockin’ holiday jukebox of classics!” said Human Nature’s Phil Burton. JUKEBOX is an infectious, 90-minute, nonstop extravaganza of energy as the band belts out chart toppers with a Tyson knockout punch - it’s a winner the entire way,” said the legendary Robin Leach. Leach sang the praises of this talented quartet’s Christmas delivery: “The [Human Nature] show is full of tidings of great joy and songs of wondrous delight, and it’s all a truly beautiful and entertaining musical night.”

They show that this “Jukebox” plays everything from The Temptations to Timberlake, from The Beatles to Bruno Mars. Human Nature’s, career statistics are staggering. Since signing to Sony Music Australia over two decades ago, Human Nature have sold more than 2.5 million albums, earned 27 platinum awards, scored 17 Top 40 hits and have had five Top Ten tracks worldwide.

HUMAN NATURE’S ROCKIN’ HOLIDAY JUKEBOX performs November 27-30, December 1, 4-7, 13-15, 16 (at 2:00 pm) 18-22, and 23 (at 2:00 pm) 2018; all shows are at 7:30 p.m. in The Sands JUKEBOX is not only a playlist of the Showroom at The Venetian Las Vegas. groups influences, but some of the Tickets can be purchased by calling most-loved hit songs from the best 702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469. vocal artists and groups of all time, including “Why Do Fools Fall in Love,” Tickets are also available at: “Stand By Me,” “Unchained Melody,” or “Higher and Higher,” “Dance To The Music” and “Under The Boardwalk.”


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Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine - Issue 24  

The Holiday Issue