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CONTENTS EVENTS (BY DATE) 187 198 211 186 188 192 216 72 189 9 10 13 4 15 18 20 21 23 25 26 34 40 49 57 23 74 68 69 77 80 83 111 114 115 127 54 55 63 134 138 142 149 161 210 157 182 183 209

Women’s Fest Charity Bingo (Sept 12) Kona Pride (Sept 13-15) The Power of Pink & Purple (Sept 16) Beautiful Skate Party (Sept 18) Beagle Rescue Charity Bingo (Sept 19) Tongue Pop Invasion (Sept 20) BigHorn Rodeo (Sept 21-22) Parade Contingent Meeting (Sept 24) Junior League Charity Bingo (Sept 26) PRIDE Family Bingo Pre-Party (Oct 2) Las Vegas PRIDE Rainbow Bingo (Oct 2) PRIDE Naughty & Kinky Bingo (Oct 3) 2nd Annual PRIDE Luau (Oct 4) PRIDE Kickoff & Turnabout (Oct 4) The Center’s Honorarium (Oct 5) Love is Love at Pinot’s Palette (Oct 5) Brilliant Branches at Pinot’s Palette (Oct 6) Women’s PRIDE Picnic (Oct 6) PRIDE Opening Pool Party (Oct 6) Coco Vega’s Gospel Brunch (Oct 6) Rainbow Kisses at Pinot’s Palette (Oct 8) Las Vegas PRIDE Idol (Oct 8) Trixie & Katya Live in Las Vegas (Oct 9) PRIDE Pets Charity Bingo (Oct 10) Mama’s Blacksheep PRIDE Concert (Oct 10) PRIDE Parade Pre-Show (Oct 11) Las Vegas PRIDE NCOD Parade (Oct 11) PRIDE Parade Route Map The Kings of PRIDE (Oct 11) Stars n Stilettos (Oct 11 & 12) Bears Roam the Ranch (Oct 11) Las Vegas PRIDE Festival (Oct 11 & 12) Las Vegas PRIDE Kid’s Zone (Oct 12) Las Vegas PRIDE Pets (Oct 12) PRIDE Festival Headliners Grown & Sexy Night Out (Oct 12) Coffee for a Cause (Oct 13) Las Vegas PRIDE OUTside (Oct 13) PRIDE Closing Pool Party (Oct 13) Ultimate Lesbian PRIDE Pool Pary (Oct 13) Coco Vega’s Gospel Brunch (Oct 13) PRIDE Festival Closing Party & Skate Night (Oct 16) Vegas Urban Pride (Oct 18-20) The Boulet Brothers Dragula Tour (Oct 20) PRIDE Family Under the Sea Bingo (Nov 6) Las Vegas PRIDE Charity Bingo Las Vegas PRIDE Bingo Calendar Palm Springs Pride 2019 (Nov 1-3)

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ARTICLES 12 17 19 36 43 46 51 56 60 66 70 78 87 90 94 96 102 104 108 120 122 123 129 136 140 150 152 155 162 164 172 178 194 198 216 219 220 221 223 226

A Letter from the Editor Las Vegas PRIDE Sponsors Rainbow Flag Color Meanings He’s Gonna Make Your Tongue Pop Summer, Sex, & STDs LGBT Community Directory What PRIDE Means to Me A Day Without Lesbians is a Day Without Sunshine Catching Up With Mr. & Miss Las Vegas PRIDE 2019 What is Spirit Day PRIDE NCOD Parade Grand Marshal: Lisa Vanderpump Just Edie! Las Vegas Gaymers Las Vegas Guide Map Play Proudly With Caesar’s Entertainment Andrew Christian Fashion Las Vegas Bar & Nightclub Schedule Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil Neon Fashion by Addicted Las Vegas PRIDE Festival Host LGBT History PRIDE 101: Flags, Colors & Symbols Explained LOVE Condoms PRIDE Pets Safety The History of Coming Out Vegas Strong Resiliency Center Know Your Status: Get Tested! Strong is the New Skinny - Talking GRRRL Power with Kortney Olson National HIV/AIDS & Aging Awareness Day National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day The Trevor Project Survivors - Justin Utley ADDICTED Heatwave Fashion Kona Pride BigHorn Rodeo Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Breast Cancer Awareness Month Neon Museum Fundraising Campaign to Restore Hard Rock Guitar LGBT PRIDE History Month Mikalah Gordon: A Las Vegas Idol


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A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Aloha! Las Vegas PRIDE 2019 is here kids! We have a lot of changes planned for 2019. Most obvious, is the PRIDE Festival location has moved! The new home of the 2019 Las Vegas PRIDE Festival is the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center just 1 block west (3rd St. & Bridger Ave.) of the PRIDE Parade Main Stage (4th St. & Bridger Ave.). This year, our entire 14-day celebration is centered around the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall. It is hard to imagine that the pride movement began just 50 years ago. We have a lot to be proud of! Save the dates! Las Vegas PRIDE is one week earlier and now on a 3-day weekend. October 11, NCOD (National Coming Out Day) is the date of the Las Vegas PRIDE Night Parade & Parade After Party, and October 12th is the Las Vegas PRIDE Festival. Lisa Vanderpump is the Celebrity Grand Marshal for our Parade. The Las Vegas PRIDE Festival will be open on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the grounds are open from 5:00pm until 1:00am and on Saturday from 12:00noon to 1am. Tickets are available for both single and two-day admission. Presale tickets are on sale now! Please visit www. lasvegaspride.org for more details. A VIP area is returning to the PRIDE Festival. VIP tickets include weekend pricing for specialty cocktails, food and snacks, with entertainer meet and greets. The VIP area is located on a second level patio overlooking the entire PRIDE festival. I suggest that you purchase your tickets online, come to downtown early on Friday, get your weekend pride festival bracelet early, have dinner grab a couple of cocktails, watch the parade, and as soon as the parade is done, join us at the festival. Las Vegas PRIDE Pets and the Kid’s Zone are returning. There will also be great food, lots to drink, many retail vendors and exhibitors and some amazing entertainment. Friday night, starting immediately after the parade we have a great lineup of entertainment inside the festival grounds, so follow the end of the parade right to the entrance of the festival grounds. 12 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

Las Vegas PRIDE Family Rainbow Bingo is also part of our Las Vegas PRIDE Celebration. This year’s event is sponsored by Cox Communications. Our most popular bingo event of the year returns to Alexis Park on October 2nd. Come early for a Pre-Party, open to all paid Bingo players, from 5-6pm. The special pre-party will have complimentary food and fun. Don’t forget to save yourself a seat for Bingo! Daubers go up at 6:30pm! Watch for lots of great prizes at this bingo including a large flat-screen TV. A special Naughty & Kinky Bingo will also be held at Hamburger Mary’s on Thursday, Oct. 3rd at 8pm. Consider yourself warned, this isn’t your typical Grandma Bingo and is age-restricted to 21+ only. Friday, Oct. 4th at 10:30pm is our Turnabout/PRIDE KickOff Party at Hamburger Mary’s. Sunday, Oct. 6th is our opening Temptation Sundays Pool Party at the Luxor Hotel from noon to 4pm. On Tuesday, Oct 8th, please join us at Hamburger Mary’s as we showcase the winners of Las Vegas PRIDE Idol 2019. You’ll get a little tease of their performance coming to the main stage at the festival. On Thursday, Oct 10th, we are hosting a very special Las Vegas PRIDE Pet Charity Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s; all proceeds will benefit 5 different pet-focused nonprofit organizations. On Sunday, Oct 13th, join us for Recovery Gospel Brunch hosted by Miss Coco Vega at Hamburger Mary’s. Our PRIDE Festival Host, Jenifer Warner, and our Miss Las Vegas PRIDE 2019, Alei’Aloha Savage will be the special guest performers. Reservations are suggested. The Down and Derby Skate Party will close out our 14-day celebration. The 21+ Skate Party includes a Halloween costume contest with lots of prizes. The fun starts at 10pm at the Gold Spike. We still have many events to add to our list, many are still in the planning stages and will be announced on our website once everything is confirmed. For more information please go to www.lasvegaspride. org for more details. A full list of events will be posted on our calendar. Thank you to all of the volunteers helping us with our PRIDE events this year. Please be safe, have fun, celebrate Las Vegas PRIDE, and please be nice to one another. In PRIDE! Ernie “Pineapple” Yuen Executive Director, Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. & Editor, Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine


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SUMMER, SEX, & STDs By Nick Martinez

course, with these summers, come: pool parties, lots of day drinking, very little clothing, and summer “romances.” I’m pretty sure you can guess what happens next. Clark County has been rated one of top counties in the US for contracting STDs. According to the CDC, Clark County has been rated the number one county for Syphilis in the US. It’s no surprise that with Sin Cities continuous flow of international tourists coming and going, unprotected sex is bound to happen, and more than likely bringing along diseases. This gives a whole new meaning to “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!”

This year’s hashtag is #FunintheSun. But when does it become too much fun? I’ll tell you, it becomes too much fun when you have to go to your local Health District to get a shot in your ass or a two pill antibiotic because you were having too much #FunintheSun, that you forgot to wrap it up, and now you have a lovely Sexually Transmitted Disease that you need to treat.

Of course, other factors play in to our high numbers of STD contraction. It is important for all of us to be vigilant when it comes to protecting ourselves interested in sex because it boosts against all sexually transmitted their mood. Studies have shown, that diseases. Unfortunately, not everyone there is an increase in contracting does. an STD during the summer months. Dr. Nadkarni once told Glamour We should all be able to have Magazine, “Sunlight has been shown #FunintheSun, but we should also be to have an association with serotonin, smart about our choices when having a key neurotransmitter in the ability sex, especially, if we have multiple sex to experience pleasure. In addition partners. Whether someone uses a everyone’s wearing less clothing, sex condom or not, they should still be might be on your brains more than getting tested and utilizing services usual.” available in their county. It is always

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People are unique in their own ways, and like everyone’s fingerprints, no two people are the same. This leads us to interpret things differently, apart from one another.

believe it’s important to listen, discuss, and reflect upon where we’ve come from and where we are, then look to the future and see where we want to go collectively. Our history is like a fable that will be told to generations to come; like a time, capsule in the form of words. The story we tell, to remember and educate is mine and YOURS.

Last year, I asked myself after another year of LGBTQ+ Prides across the world, “Stephan, what does Pride mean to you?” Well, I will share with you what I discovered, but please, share with me what Pride means to I is for Inclusion: Pride means leaving none behind. you too! Everyone deserves a chance to be P is for Potential: included. You never know what Pride means owning your potential. situation someone is in and what Look how far we have come in all they are going through. It can be sorts of different pursuits of equality, tough to feel included sometimes with Pride! Most of US are constantly but when we come together with our evolving in mindset and how we view common purpose, include everyone the world. Coincidently, a lot of that who defends that purpose and who is based on worldly views. We have practices the golden rule, “Do unto the potential, as humanity, and the others as you would have them do LGBTQ+ community, to keep spreading unto you.” Well, we are stronger love and striving for equality because together. When our communication our potential is unlimited when we breaks down, it causes our bonds to are united. At the same time, it is up be severed.   to you and me to spread love and positive energy and put our individual D is for Diversity: differences aside. My mom always Pride means discovering your diversity says, “you get more bees with honey.” and letting it shine! Occasionally we get caught up in the everyday flow of R is for Remembering: the world that we forget to gaze up Pride is to remember. In this day and at the sky and look inside, instead of age with such instant gratification, we looking for ourselves in each other’s sometimes are living in the moment eyes. Through meditation and soul all too frequently. I don’t think there searching I’ve been able to uncover is anything wrong with living in the the authentic diversity inside me. I moment, I quite enjoy it myself. I do

am constantly embracing it, just like I encourage everyone else to do.

E is for Educating:

Pride is a feeling you get when your educating people on your true feelings. It is a very diverse world we live in; we are all so different and that is what the LGBTQ+ community is about.  We can’t seem to comprehend why other people don’t share our views, or we just don’t want to figure it out. Maybe we just don’t truly understand we are all different? Just like letting blue and red strongly divide us brings out nothing good inside of US.  If anything, I hope most of us can agree to disagree. More people come into the LGBTQ+ community every day, whether it be to support the community, to “come out,” or just to celebrate. Once we gain their support, I think it is important to sit down and have those conversations to educate people on who we are and what we are about. After all, #WeAreHumanity   As I said, Pride can mean so many things, but that best sums up how Pride is defined in my mind. Please let me share what Pride means to all of US! Please send what Pride means to you at Pride@ PrideTourGuide.com, and your piece could be selected to be published on www.PrideTourGuide.com. Peace, Pride, and Love to you all! Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 51


A DAY WITHOUT LESBIANS IS A DAY WITHOUT SUNSHINE BY JOSLYN HATFIELD

October 8th marks International Lesbian Day, (yasss honey it is a thing). The worldwide celebration of ladyloving ladies originated in Australia and has gained momentum in regions outside of Oz over time. The holiday differs from Lesbian Visibility Day (celebrated in April) which focuses on combating the systemic erasure of lesbians from within the male-dominated LGBTQ+ activism community and media.

Emily O’hara of Out, “the creators at major queer media outlets authored an open letter slamming the message these so-called lesbian publications are sending to trans women and to young lesbians — including trans lesbians — and we want to make it clear this is not in our name.” After Ellen Editor-in-Chief Memoree Joelle countered the statement in an open letter stating, “Being an ally should not require lesbians to deny their own reality. It should not require lesbians At the core, both days share a theme to relinquish all autonomy, to believe of identity. Commonly defined as a exactly as others do, or fall silent.” fact of being who or what a person is, identity is a complex intersection Enter International Lesbian day. of sexuality, gender identification, Arguments can be made for and ethnicity, and socio-economic factors against a gradual blurring of lines in (to name a few). Yet recent years gender identity and sexuality. There is have seen a noticeable shift among certainly a segment of the community LGBTQ+ individuals (particularly which does not now, and will probably younger generations) shying away never understand the every changing from binaries and embracing fluid landscape, but the fact remains, constructs of identity. Where this every single identity (not to mention leaves lesbians is anyone’s guess. identities yet to be defined) are Take for example, the long-standing deserving of respect. queer media titan After Ellen, who saw a 17 year run in the LGBTQ+ community In this case, it is the lesbian nearly undone by a tweet alleging community deserving of celebration. a pattern of Trans-phobic content. After all, it was lesbians Barbara So much so, that according to Mary Gittings and Kay Lahusen who 56 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

spearheaded efforts to convince the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality as a mental disorder and mental illness in its official guidelines. It was lesbians who cared for our gay brothers when few others would during the onset of the AIDS crisis. It was a lesbian (Jean O’Leary) who organized the first-ever meeting between a sitting president and leaders of the gay rights movement. And, it was a lesbian (Ellen DeGeneres) who changed everything when she came out to 44 million viewers in April of 1997. To be clear, a celebration of lesbians does not automatically imply transexclusionary radical feminist lesbian (TERFL) ideologies. The number of inclusive spaces where authenticity is valued (even exalted) continues to grow. Recognizing the contributions and identity of one identification in the community simply does not have to threaten another. We can celebrate lesbians without rendering the identities of Trans women invalid. It really is that simple. The future for lesbians, is (and must be) intersectional.


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Catching Up With Mr. & Miss Las Vegas PRIDE 2019 By Ernie Yuen, Las Vegas PRIDE Executive Director I had the pleasure of interviewing this year’s Las Vegas PRIDE Royalty for 2019, Alei’aloha and Deejay Savage. Having the opportunity to share something truly unique within a community, is not something everyone gets the chance to accomplish or experience. I caught up with the married couple Jonah and Deejay Labayan-Arvelo to get a brief insight from them.

ever given thought to.” I’m not really a person that likes to be in the spotlight.” says Deejay. When I approached Deejay, he was taken back and wasn’t really sure it was for real. After all was said and done, the couple made the mutual agreement

and commitment to reign as a family. Deejay also wanted to have something for their daughter to look back on when she gets older. They said it’s important to show their child that their family represented a common goal for an entire community. Unity,

Jonah, AKA Alei’Aloha Savage, has always dreamt of one day representing the city of Las Vegas as Miss Las Vegas PRIDE. He started doing drag in April of 2012. He became the drag daughter of the beloved Tracy Savage AKA Kalani one of my best friends growing up in Hawaii. Sadly, Tracy passed away in November 2012. She was in preparation to be crowned Miss Las Vegas PRIDE 2013. As many of us were distraught with her passing, Jonah was crushed. He made a promise to Tracy that he would make her proud in his journey as Alei’Aloha Savage. Performing at many local venues and some out of state venues, Jonah has been perusing the art of drag ever since. He enjoys creating art through movement and the exploration of passion with self-awareness. Like many others, he also loves to share the art of drag with other people. He works in the day time as a federal employee and is a loving husband and father. He feels very proud to represent the city of Las Vegas in honor of Tracy Savage (R.I.L.) and those who have supported him through his drag career. As for Deejay, becoming Mr. Pride was actually not something he has Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 61


acceptance, and love. Deejay says that being Mr. Las Vegas PRIDE 2019 is a new challenge that will definitely be a proud moment in his life. Their daughter Anuhea was born in April 2015 in Houston, Texas. Both Jonah and Deejay are her biological parents. Of course, they get the standard questions... ‘’ So, who’s the real dad?” “Was she adopted or was there a surrogate?’’ They answer the question based on who’s asking. The true answer is Deejay is a transgender male. He says that perhaps being trans was a hidden gift brought to them. Many gay couples have to jump through hoops and boundaries to have children. Rarely are both parents biological to the child. However, “Having a trans identity is only a secondary element in our family, it is not something that is heavenly fixated upon’’ says Deejay. “Being trans or being a drag queen is irrelevant when you’re just a normal loving family” says Deejay. When the Las Vegas PRIDE board asked the couple why they wanted to be PRIDE Royalty. They confidently responded that they agreed to identify and be visible for anyone who is like them... or anyone who strives to achieve the same goals. They have shared their story on a number of different media platforms, and a lot of that activity has led them up to this point. They explained to us, that in the world today, they notice every time people turn on the television, or open up their favorite social media page... they see mostly negativity. Unfortunately, most of the worldly drama is pertaining to the lack of acceptance by people everywhere. Jonah and Deejay say, ‘’There is violence and hatred everywhere. We want to share another demographic within our life experiences. We identify with the people, because we ARE the people. We are your postal worker, we are the parents next door, we are your local watering hole security man, 62 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

we are your photographer and drag may never come true. They want to performer.’’ express the beauty of our culture. They want to show the world that They wanted to become Mr. and our community is made up of people Miss Las Vegas PRIDE to show us the that belong to all walks of life. The power of acceptance and love. They couple accepts everyone; if you are are a gay couple consisting of a female a boy or a girl, someone in between, illusionist, and a trans-masculine or someone completely unique to individual. They brought a beautiful the norm. They strive to try making a baby girl into this world who loves better world for everyone’s children and accepts everyone. They stand up to grow up in, a world better than the for those who cannot be visible or one we experienced in our youth. think maybe their hopes and dreams


They represent the city of Las Vegas and leave us with a quote. ”If we could give our children 3 things, it would be the confidence to always know your worth, the strength to chase your dreams, and the ability to know how deeply loved you are.’’ And it can be said that they wish these things upon everyone and anyone. They don’t want to share thier stories based only on experiences, they want to share a story that investigates what it is to be human. The last time I talked to Tracy, I made a promise, never in my wildest dreams, had I known this would ever take place. Truly a blessing to everyone they meet and the hearts that they touch. Love comes from the inside and you can see that with Jonah, Deejay and Anuhea. I love you! XOXOX Papa

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Businesswoman, TV personality, author, and philanthropist, Lisa Vanderpump hails from London, England. Lisa and her husband Ken Todd have been entrenched in the restaurant and nightclub industry since they started their partnership over 30 years ago. Their four very successful restaurants and bars in Los Angeles are just a peek into their joint ventures. Lisa Vanderpump has most recently become known for the hit Bravo TV series, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Her unique mix of sparkling glamour and down-to-earth style has appealed to thousands of viewers. Fans can also catch Lisa on her spinoff show Vanderpump Rules, of which she is an Executive Producer, which centers around her West Hollywood eatery SUR, as well as her Beverly Hills favorite Villa Blanca, and gorgeous 70 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

culinary endeavor PUMP. Vanderpump Rules’s success has been touted by the New Yorker, The New York Times, Time Magazine and more, and led to its own spinoff, Vanderpump Rules: Jax & Brittany Take Kentucky, which Lisa also Executive Produced. In 2018, Lisa opened Tom Tom Restaurant and Bar, with junior partners Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz, from the cast of Vanderpump Rules. The latest addition to the Vanderpump empire is Vanderpump Cocktail Garden, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Lisa also competed on the ABC hit show Dancing with the Stars in 2013 and was featured in the Lady Gaga music video for “G.U.Y.” in March 2014. In 2017, Lisa was named Editorin-Chief of Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine, one of the world’s leading luxury publications, and helmed the publication for over a year. On top


of this endeavor, Lisa’s brands have included her own “Vanderpump Beverly Hills” tabletop collection, the “Vanderpump Estate Jewelry” Collection, a pet accessories line at VanderpumpPets.com and a soon to be released fine jewelry collection. Lisa also has her family’s signature Vanderpump Vodka, Vanderpump Rosé and LVP Sangria in retail and on-premise outlets both domestically and internationally. Most importantly, Lisa’s philanthropic ventures are extremely close to her heart. In 2016, Lisa and her husband Ken launched The Vanderpump Dog Foundation to help end animal abuse on both an international and domestic level, which opened the doors to its first rescue and adoption center in 2017. Currently, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Foundation has adopted close to 800 dogs in the U.S. to their new forever homes. In October 2015, Vanderpump organized a peaceful protest march against The Yulin Dog Meat Festival and launched StopYulinForever.org, starting a movement to end the abuse, torture and slaughter of dogs worldwide. Lisa went on to address Congress about the same issues and produce and release her documentary, The Road to Yulin…and Beyond, which covers the last two years of The Vanderpump Dog Foundation’s mission trips to China, to expose the torture that occurs during the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival. The film gives an in depth look at the horrific and brutal interactions that dogs face in parts of the world that have an unrestrained dog meat trade. The Documentary held its World Premiere at the LA Awareness Festival, where it subsequently won the Audience Award, and is now available on Prime Video. Recently, Lisa was thanked on the congressional floor by Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) for her aid in helping pass House Resolution 401, a formal condemnation of the dog meat trade by the United States.

Lisa and husband Ken have been steadfast advocates for the LGBTQ community for many years. Lisa is a spokesperson for GLAAD and has worked closely with the Desert AIDS Project, The Trevor Project, and the L.A Gay & Lesbian Center helping homeless LGBT youth. Lisa was a recipient of the Ally Leadership Award from Equality California, an LGBT rights organization, in 2015. Lisa has also conducted fundraising for Susan G. Komen in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, and recently led the 30th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles, cutting the starting ribbon for over 25,000 walkers. In addition, in 2015 Lisa was named Monarch of the Krewe of Orpheus

Mardi Gras celebration; addressed the United Nations Concert for the EBOLA effort; and was recognized by the State of California Assembly as “Woman of the Year.” Lisa and Ken have been married for 36 years and have two children. Lisa has a great passion for life and she has tried to instill that in her children; Pandora, 32, and Max, 26. As Lisa said, “I’ve really adored being a mother; but my children have grown now, so I’ve filled my nest with 7 four-legged furry friends. They are the loves of my life.” Lisa and Ken currently reside in Beverly Hills with their 2 miniature ponies, 7 dogs, 7 swans and a variety of other animals. Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 71


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JUST EDIE! EDIE is the creation of Christopher Kenney, a native of Portland, OR who started dancing at 8 years-old. At 17, he began his professional dance career with Ballet Oregon. For the next eleven years he danced with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Les Ballets Grandiva. In New York he quickly found work dancing on the MTV Video Music Awards with Roseanne Barr, on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and was invited to be a part of the workshop that lead to the Tony-winning Broadway musical “Fosse.” Shortly after that EDIE was born on a crisp Halloween 78 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

EDIE made her big screen debut in “Pot Luck” and followed that up with a cameo in “A Four Letter Word.” As the director of “Mommie Queerest” the award for the 2005 LA Weekly Theater Award for Best Comedy Director soon followed. In 2006, she made her Broadway debut in the Tony-nominated revival of “The ThreePenny Opera” with Alan Cumming and Cyndi Lauper” at Studio 54. The next year EDIE got the call of a lifetime from Cirque du Soleil. She was invited to audition for the role of the Emcee in their hit show “Zumanity” in Las Vegas. She got the job and is now in her 12th year as the host of the “Zumanity: The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil” at the NY-NY Hotel & Casino.

Since joining Cirque du Soleil’s hit show ZUMANITY 12 years ago as the Mistress of Sensuality, the show’s leggy emcee has performed over 5000 shows for over 5 million people. When not performing 10 shows a week, Edie finds time to add even more to her plate. She has appeared on the TV night at a local West Village hotspot shows “Manzo’d With Children,” “Say called Universal Grill. She was offered Yes To The Dress,” “Carnival King” on to host her own night on the spot. Food Network, and starred alongside “Drag Race” veteran Alyssa Edwards EDIE quickly became a fixture in in a commercial for LasVegas.com. New York City racking up a bevvy of awards including Best Drag performer Edie has served as Grand Marshall in (HX Magazine Award), Best Dance Provincetown’s Carnival Parade and Artist and Entertainer of the Year at San Fransisco Pride. In her spare (Glammy Award). She starred in time Edie loves to donate her time her autobiographical, off-Broadway to local charities. Edie has hosted original musical “LEGS!,” was seen on The Center’s Honorarium, Broadway HBO’s “Sex and the City,” was featured Bares, and Golden Rainbow’s Ribbon at Wigstock, and in several benefits of Life for 9 years in a row. She was the for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights first recipient of Golden Rainbow’s AIDS including “Broadway Bares,” Volunteer of the Year Award. And “Gypsy of the Year,” and in the all- when it comes to hosting Las Vegas star performance of “Funny Girl” with PRIDE there is no greater joy.


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LAS VEGAS GAYMERS By Andrew Jenkins

Tears for Fears famously told us in 1985 that “everybody wants to rule the world.” But the truth is, not everybody wants to rule the world. Some want to create it, some want to save it, and some want to destroy it. Gamers do all that and more.

that “gay gamers experience a double edged sword of prejudice... The mainstream gay culture and media is not supportive of video games. Then you have the video game culture that is not supportive of gay culture. So you have these people stuck in the middle who have this double-edged But as visibility for LGBTQ* people prejudice.” increased in other forms of media representation, such as movies, TV, But thanks to passion, community, and comics, in video games their and a silly social media post, gaymers visibility was stagnant until the in Las Vegas have a place to call home. birth of the “gaymer” movement Or base camp. Or tower. Or save spot. around the mid-2000s, when a study published by the University of Illinois The Las Vegas Gaymers group was at Urbana-Champaign first used the created in 2012 by Tyler Winsatt, a term “gaymer” as an umbrella term non-binary queer gamer just looking for queer people into video gaming. to get a laugh out of a Reddit thread. The study noted that LGBTQ* gamers The idea started, they said, when faced multiple facets of judgment they were “noticing an uprising of not only from the gaming world, but these small location-based gaymer in queer culture itself. In the study, communities, primarily on Reddit. I sociologist Alexander Sliwinski states remember seeing the group pictures

like ‘LA Gaymers!’ ‘NYC Gaymers!’ And I posted a sad picture of myself with the title ‘Las Vegas Gaymers!’ which actually got a bit of attention from other people saying they were also in Las Vegas. The realization hit me that there was a community here waiting to be brought together.” Winsatt, 25, who says their current obsession is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, says the group has expanded their gaming interests. “From the more mundane ‘Hey, buy this cheap game on Steam and play with me!’ to a more official ‘Try out this brand-new board game and post it on your social media’ to a general ‘What’s everyone playing right now?’, the existence of this group has expanded my interests in ways I can’t even fully describe.”

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The group draws in not just LGBTQ* video gamers, but table-top, board, and card game players as well, as tournament coordinator Tim Avist has learned. The 31-year-old Vegas resident said his love of fighting games got him involved. “I was getting annoyed with the lack of rotation in games,” he says, “and could see less people playing as time went on because with the lack of rotation usually the same people were winning.” Avist took to the helm, starting with tournaments at The Phoenix, a bar becoming known for their gaymerfriendliness, offering bar tabs and Amazon gift cards. Today, his

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tournaments have gone beyond bar tabs to finding a spot with the Sin City Classic, the annual LGBTQ* sports competition hosted in Las Vegas every year.

The sentiment is shared with Winsatt, who touts inclusivity as the thing that sparks the love for the group. Says Winsatt, “Our members create real lasting friendships, and while the intent of the group is not a match making site, I have seen so many happy relationships blossom from this group, and that’s something really special to get to watch happen.”

Avist says the group of gaymers has made him more confident in himself. “Until I started with the tournaments,” he says, “I barely talked to anyone, and would even tend to stay in the back and seclude myself. Someone who has understood and felt the inclusivity and sense of “I have seen more people socialize community firsthand is current Las and make new friendships, myself Vegas Gaymers President, Andrew included, with more people getting Jenkins, a 35-year-old hospitality out of their comfort zone and professional residing in Henderson. participating.” He attends most events After moving from his home state of with his partner, who is also a gaymer. Utah to a brand new city and state,


he was looking for a new social circle. “When I discovered there was a gay gaming group in the city, I was excited there were others who shared my interests, because something like that did not exist in Utah,” recalls Jenkins. “I nervously attended my first event, and after waiting a short while for people to arrive, a member recognized me from the introduction post I had made on Facebook and greeted me. I knew after that night I had found the right group of friends for me.” Jenkins, who says he is “perpetually playing” Civilization 6, plans and organizes the majority of the group’s events with the help of the rest of the administrative team, as well as keeps track of finances and addresses issues that arise. “However,” he says, “I feel my main responsibility -- and my most favorite -- is meeting all the wonderful, diverse people who join our community. I love getting to

know them and making sure they feel welcome and safe, because if it were not for someone doing the same to me, I would not have returned and my life would be vastly different.”

be. I’m making promotion deals with local businesses, I’m leading the charge at events which 17-year-old socially anxious, friendless Me would never believe.”

How different? “I literally would not be who I am today without this group,” says Jenkins. “Every aspect of my life has been positively impacted by them. I have had and currently live with roommates I met through the community, and I see many others on a regular basis. I have no idea where I would be without them.”

Gamers have multiple journeys -saving the world, pilfering priceless artifacts from caves, vanquishing evil. Thanks to this group of local gaymers, more people are enjoying the one journey most try to escape from: life. “We are friendly, inclusive, and fun!” says Jenkins. “Everyone is welcome, even cis heterosexual allies. Our goal is to make sure all our friends feel Winsatt agrees, both personally and included, safe, and valued, and I think professionally. Says Winsatt, “I’m not we do a great job accomplishing that.” exaggerating when I say that every single aspect of my life has been To learn more about the Las Vegas affected by not only the existence Gaymers, check out their official of this group, and just meeting all of Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ these different people and learning thelasvegasgaymers or email them at: their stories, but also being the lasvegasgaymers@gmail.com. creator and founder has pushed me so far beyond where I thought I could Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 89


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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)

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ZUMANITY

Zumanity is a provocative cabaret-style production with a Cirque du Soleil twist. On the cutting edge of contemporary Las Vegas entertainment since 2003, the adult-themed 90-minute production blends playful innuendo with daring eroticism in the intimate Zumanity Theatre at New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

and music by composer Simon Carpentier, all enhanced by tantalizing new projections.

In 2015, Cirque du Soleil introduced new sensual surprises to Zumanity including choreography by Yanis Marshall, erotic aerial acts, costume by French designer Thierry Mugler

Zumanity celebrates its 16th anniversary on September 20. To mark the event, we invite you to explore its anatomy and learn more about the show. So here it is—the anatomy of Zumanity.

Zumanity is inspired by infinite individuality and variety—a concept embodied by its artists, who come in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and genders. Featuring an international cast of 46 performers, the artists of Zumanity are more With Zumanity, Cirque du Soleil takes a bold identifiable as individual characters than in new direction, exploring the full spectrum of any previous Cirque du Soleil production. The human sexuality and intimacy to create a mosaic show’s seductive theme is highlighted by such of love in all forms and from all perspectives. traditional circus arts as contortion, acrobatics, Emceed by Zumanity’s “Mistress of Sensuality” aerial stunts and hand-balancing, while Edie (famed drag diva Christopher Kenney) and sensuality comes alive through a multicultural distinguished by an unconventional culture of variety of dance genres including African dance, artists and candid exposition of eroticism, the tango, contemporary dance, striptease and production renders a tale of emotional freedom, men dancing in high heels as made famous by natural beauty and acceptance of differences. Yanis Marshall.

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DID YOU KNOW? Hair – In all, Zumanity’s inventory includes 99 wigs and hair pieces. Enough to make your head spin! Eyes – Over the past five years, over 2.4 million voyeurs have enjoyed the show. Ears – Spectators’ ears have tuned in to, and been turned on by, the sensual rhythms, seductive melodies

and provocative lyrics of the original Breasts – This is the only Las Vegas music. show where you learn how to make perfect breasts using Ziploc bags and Nose – The intoxicating smell of roses a soupçon of alcohol. handed to spectators at the start of each show perfumes the air in the Heart – At the heart of Zumanity theatre night after night. are 46 delightful artists, 53 very sexy technicians and fourteen marvellous Mouth – In addition to the artists’ people ensuring smooth operations. delectable bodies and mouthwatering acts, Zumanity audiences Navel – The sensual side of Cirque can enjoy the apples, bananas and du Soleil was born on September 20, strawberries on offer. 2003. Hips – Like hips, the theatre’s design is all about sensual and curvaceous lines. Arms – To heat up the atmosphere every night, the artists on stage often sensually embrace and caress each other through the 18 regular acts of the show. Hands – Sixteen designers had a hand in creating the unique Zumanity universe, including René Richard Cyr and Dominique Champagne, to whom we owe the staging of the show. Fingers – Use them to write to Madame on the zumanity.com website, and confess to her your musings, pleasures and passions. Sex – Every intimate part you see in the show might be fake. . . but all the emotions transcending are real! Legs – After the closing number, aptly entitled Orgy, audience members are invited to try some of their own legsin-the-air acrobatics when they return to their hotel rooms. This, of course, is merely a suggestion! Feet – The tallest pair of high heels is 7 inches. That’s what we call high heels! Toes – During each show, as many as 1,261 visitors can dip their toes into a sea of fantasies. Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 105


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LGBT HISTORY

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

THREE REASONS WHY EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW LGBT HISTORY

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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

RAINBOW PRIDE FLAGS 7 STRIPED

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

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

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

LIPSTICK LESBIANS 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.

PANSEXUAL

BEAR BROTHERHOOD

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

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

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LEATHER

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

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

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LEATHER GIRL

BLACK: Asexuality GREY: Grey-Asexuality and Demisexuality WHITE: Non-Asexual Partners and Allies PURPLE: Community

BOI / BOY BLACK: Leather & Permanence White: Purity & Innocence GREEN: Denotes the inexperienced young man RED HEART: Signifies where the boy’s heart is

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

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


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Partnering agencies represented at the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center (VSRC) to assist those affected by the shooting include Clark County Social Service, Nevada Victims of Crime Program, Nevada Division of Child and Family Services, Clark County Department of Family Services, Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services, and the LVMPD Victims Services.

The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center  is a place of healing and support dedicated to serving as a resource and referral center for residents, visitors and responders affected by the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. The Center is staffed by knowledgeable and caring professionals to help people access resources to help them build strength and resiliency in the aftermath of this incident. Anyone impacted by 1 October is welcome to call, email or visit the resiliency center. To protect the confidentiality of visitors, media are not allowed to visit the center without making arrangements in advance. Services that are available include victim advocacy and support, case management, counseling and spiritual care referrals, technical assistance with applying for online services including FBI Victim Assistance services and more. Free civil legal services are available including legal consultations and possible legal representation for issues involving insurance matters, medical billing problems, debt collection, housing and evictions, family law matters and more. Together our community is  #VegasStrong  as we support those affected by the 1 October shooting incident.


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THE CENTER Complimentary Rapid HIV Testing and Counseling

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

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 // afanlv.org 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 // cccofsn.org

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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SOUTHERN NEVADA HEALTH DISTRICT Services and Testing

280 S. Decatur Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89107 (702) 759-0708 // southernnevadahealthdistrict.org 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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Rev Wilfred Moor, Senior Pastor 3930 Cambridge St, Las Vegas, NV 89119 www.apcucc.org

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Rev J Barry Vaughn, Rev Jorge Hernandez Sunday: 7:45am, 10:30am, 12:30pm 6:30pm 2000 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 735-7655 // www.christespicopallv.org

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Pastor Brian Saturday: 5pm Sunday: 8am, 9:30am, 11am, 7pm 3720 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89121 (702) 458-2241 // www.communitylv.org

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Rev Jamie Hyams Friday: 7:30pm 2685 S. Rainbow Blvd Suite 108, Las Vegas, NV 89146 (702) 436-4900 // www.pnaitikvahlv.org

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Father Shannon Leach Sunday: 8am, 9:45am 10:30am 2004 Spring Gate Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89134 (702) 838-7444 // www.graceofsummerlin.org

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Pastor Char Morgan Sunday: 10am 2685 S Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146 (702) 288-8050 // www.indigovalley.org

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Rev Jamie Lee Sprague-Ballou Saturday: 4pm, Bible Study 5:30pm 1140 Almond Tree Ln, Suite 305, Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 906-4608 // www.marymagdalenefriends.org

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(MCC) METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH OF LAS VEGAS Pastor Robert Fleming , Asst Pastor David Gillentine Sunday: 9am, 11am 1140 Almond Tree Ln, Suite 302, Las Vegas, NV 89104 (702) 369-4380 // www.lovemmclv.org

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Pastor George Balgan Sunday: 11am 401 N Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89104 www.rainbowpraise.org

UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION

Rev Rachel Baker Sunday: 10:30am 3616 E Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89115 (702) 437-2404 // www.uuclv.org

CHRIST KING CATHOLIC COMMUNITY

Father Ray Saturday: 8am, 4pm Sunday: 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am 4924 S Torrey Pines Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (702) 871-1904 // www.CTKLV.org

If your congregation is welcoming to, and accepting of the LGBTQ community of Las Vegas and not listed in this directory? Please contact us at art@lasvegaspride.org so that we may add you to our directory.


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