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Contents

39 Colors of PRIDE Family Bingo 47 PRIDE Boy’s Party 63 PRIDE Parade Pre-Party 58 Annual PRIDE Night Parade 64 Adrenaline: Parade After Party

EVENTS

61 Las Vegas PRIDE Festival

PRIDE Events

79 PRIDE Festival After Party

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85 PRIDE Family Super Hero Bingo

69 Shenanigans

PRIDE Family Rainbow Bingo

12 Official PRIDE Celebration Events

89 PRIDE Pajama Brunch 116 Hangover at the Spa

70 Shedonism: Official PRIDE Women’s Events

93 T-Dance - Temptation Sundays

ARTICLES 6

Caitlyn Jenner: Trans Superstar

11 Between You & Me 13 PRIDE Sponsors 14 PRIDE Superstars 18 PRIDE Board & Committees 20 From the President 30 Not a Dom, Not a Sub 32 Survey Says: Readers Prefer Paper to Screens 40 PRIDE 2015 Royalty 50 PRIDE 101: Flags, Colors & Symbols Explained

19 Noches Calientes

95 True Colors - PRIDE Concert

23 PRIDE Kick-Off Party

97 PRIDE Family Skate Night

25 LGBT Senior Prom

101 PRIDE Closing Party

26 PRIDE Night Parade Presented by MGM Resorts International

Other Events

62 Vegas, Meet the New Kid in Town... Downtown Crown Pub

29 Flaunt - Temptation Sundays

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74 PRIDE Festival Entertainment

31 Leather Church

80 Life is Beautiful Festival

76 PRIDE Festival Map

34 La Noche at the Tropics

105 Qmmunity Connections

86 N2N Bodywear PRIDE Fashion

34 El Deseo

108 Picnic by Design

88 Spotlight: DW Bistro

35 PRIDE Tickled Pink

109 World Gay Rodeo Finals

102 Community Resources

114 Rockin’ Rainbow Night

110 Gay Days Las Vegas

106 PRIDE Comes Alive!

AFAN Black & White Party

59 PRIDE Parade Hosts & Awards 60 Parade Grand Marshal: Randy Arnold

PUBLISHER Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. EDITOR Ernie Yuen LAYOUT & DESIGN Jake Naylor ADVERTISING Ernie Yuen, Lyndon R. Marquez & Clair Koetitz PHOTOGRAPHY Barbara Maeker, Marc Garcia, Chris Purdum (Orange Soda Photography), and Frankie Sanchez ON THE COVER 2015 Las Vegas PRIDE Royalty COVER PHOTO BY Marc Garcia CONTRIBUTORS Randy Arnold (Barefoot Wine & Bubbly), Paul Cieslewicz, Bryce Krausman (DW Bistro) Karen Ocab (News Editor, Frontiers Magazine), Ernesto Perdomo, Pacifico Entertainment, Dalton Wilson (DW Bistro) Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. (SNAPI). No part of this publication, including stories, artwork, advertising or photos, may be reproduced without written permission from SNAPI. For information regarding the Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine or to advertise in future issues, contact SNAPI at 4001 S. Decatur Blvd. #37-540, Las Vegas, NV 89103-5800, (866) 930-3336 or email ernie@lasvegaspride.org. For information regarding Las Vegas PRIDE events, visit www.lasvegaspride.org. The appearance of any person, business or organization in this publication, by name, advertisement or photograph, is not an indication of sexual orientation. SNAPI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.

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Caitlyn Jenner:

Trans Superstar at 65

Perhaps this rich, white Republican can explain transgender issues to the deliberately uninformed By Karen Ocamb, News Editor of Frontiers Magazine. This article originally appeared on frontiersmedia.com.

The world was stunned—stunned— when Vanity Fair posted its stylistic Annie Leibowitz cover photo of Caitlyn Jenner, the woman living within 1976 Olympic star Bruce Jenner for 65 years. Additional shots inside her $3.5 million Malibu hideaway revealed her as glamorous, sexy and good at striking a pose—a 2015 version of a 1940s movie queen.

TMZ stalked Jenner, capturing her trips to get facial feminization surgery. And there were hints of Jenner’s transition on the various Kardashian shows. The world was curious—what was happening to the man who once graced the Wheaties box as a gold medal athlete? About 17 million people tuned in to watch sports and reality TV star Bruce Jenner’s final interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer— “Call me Caitlyn,” the headline read, more than the number of people who as if she needed no last name, like watched the final episode of Late Cher or Madonna. Show with David Letterman. “Bruce always had to tell a lie. Caitlyn doesn’t have any secrets. As soon as the Vanity Fair cover comes out, I’m free,” Jenner says in a video accompanying the magazine’s June 1 cover story. Jenner then joined Twitter. “I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.” She broke President Obama’s record, reaching 1 million Twitter followers in four hours. As of June 8, Caitlyn Jenner has 2.49 million followers with just seven tweets. And that’s how you know she’s a fresh, new social media superstar. And at age 65! But it’s been a very long, painful, quietly arduous journey to authenticity.

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During that April 24 interview, Jenner asked Sawyer if it was OK to unleash his ponytail. As he pulled the tie off, there was a change in his demeanor. He shook free his long hair and he became her, starting the official ‘coming out to the public’ process. “Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman. People look at me differently,” Jenner told Sawyer. “They see you as this ‘macho male.’ But my heart and soul and everything I do in life—it is part of me. That female side is part of me. It’s who I am.” Among the most startling of moments was Jenner’s account of how stepdaughter Kim Kardashian West learned to accept Caitlyn— through her husband, rap star Kanye West. Jenner recalls that West said, “I can be married to the most beautiful woman in the world —and I am. I can have

the most beautiful little daughter in the world—and I have that. But I’m nothing if I can’t be me. If I can’t be true to myself, they don’t mean anything.” Since then, Jenner said, “Kimberly has been, by far, the most accepting.” Perhaps Snoop Dogg, who called Caitlyn “a science project” on Instagram, could take decency lessons from West. But he’s not alone in being obnoxious. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette columnist Jennifer Graham wrote that people like Jenner “would have headlined the tragic freak shows in carnivals of old.” And at Spike TV’s Guys’ Choice Awards on June 6, director Clint Eastwood compared Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to other famous athletes, such as “Jim Brown and Caitlyn Somebody.” Spike TV is editing out the “joke” before the show airs on June 18.


In fact, most people have been positive about Jenner’s transition, calling her “courageous” and “brave.” But several trans activists and allies have expressed caution, too. “Yes, Caitlyn looks amazing and is beautiful, but what I think is most beautiful about her is her heart and soul, the ways she has allowed the world into her vulnerabilities,” said Orange is the New Black trans superstar Laverne Cox on her Tumblr page, also noting that not all trans individuals have the same kind of money and privilege as she and Caitlyn have. Cox’s co-star Selenis Leyva wrote for Huffington Post Gay Voices about the troubles experienced by her “beautiful and kind young transgender” Latina sister. “My sister is not famous, in fact she is having a hard time finding employment to this date,” Leyva wrote. “She is still struggling to be accepted, and she is still in danger every time she leaves her home.” Photo by Chris Purdum of Orange Soda Photography

But some unexpected allies have emerged, too. On June 7, Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham responded to conservative radio host Steve Deace saying Jenner—a Republican worth more than $100 million with a new CAA agent—has a “mental disorder.” “If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be safe and have a prosperous economy, vote for me,” Graham told CNN. “I haven’t walked in her shoes. I don’t have all the answers to the mysteries of life. I can only imagine the torment that Bruce Jenner went through. I hope he’s—I hope she has found peace. I’m a pro-life, traditional-marriage kind of guy. But I’m running to be president of the United States. If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be a Republican, she is welcome in my party.”

Trans Latina activist Bamby Salcedo, a leader in the #TransLivesMatter movement, underscores that point— there have been 15 murders of trans women nationally since the beginning of 2015.

to confront an even broader issue— sex discrimination. “Trans rights don’t exist in a vacuum. We fight as part of the LGBT community, but, just as importantly, with the women’s community,” Beyer tells Frontiers. “Caitlyn Jenner, by choosing to debut to the world as a ‘30s starlet—in line with the 1952 presentation of the world’s first trans media darling, Christine Jorgensen— contributes to the sexual objectification of women that was common in the decades before the ‘60s civil rights movements, and which unfortunately, has only improved slightly since,” says Beyer. “While the visual of Jenner in a feminine sexual pose helps millions see her as the woman she’s always been, as she’s seen herself, it not only minimizes the understanding of the broad manner of expression of many trans women today, it thrusts a wedge between the women—trans and cis (someone who identifies with the sex they were born with)—who are fighting for a broader equality.”

Fighting for broader equality includes stopping the growing storm of anti-trans “bathroom bills” that conservatives are trying to put on the 2016 ballot, including in California. But perhaps others will now understand “Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out is only the desperate need for the freedom giving her more money and privilege,” that comes with authenticity. Salcedo tells Frontiers. “I hope that she is able to learn and understand “If I was lying on my deathbed,” Jenner the needs of the community and told Vanity Fair’s Buzz Bissinger, “and intentionally invest some of her I had kept this secret and never ever millions in supporting programs did anything about it, I would be lying that will eliminate the continuous there saying, ‘You just blew your entire structural and institutional violence life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and that trans people face daily. Caitlyn, I don’t want that to happen.” share the love, share the wealth and help your community, since you are Jenner’s next anticipated public saying that you are one of us now.” appearance is on July 15 when she accepts the ESPY Arthur Ashe Dana Beyer, Executive Director Courage Award. of Gender Rights Maryland and a Huffington Post columnist, considers Read more LGBT news and analysis at Jenner’s coming out as an opportunity frontiersmedia.com Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 7


THE 29TH ANNUAL

Black & White Party

AUGUST 29TH AT THE JOINT INSIDE HARD ROCK | AFANLV.ORG

As Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) prepares for the 29th Annual Black & White Party on Saturday, Aug. 29 at The Joint at Hard Rock, it’s amazing to think of the party’s humble beginnings when it was just a small gathering in a backyard in a Green Valley apartment on a hot August night with about 25 attendees. Concerned about the wellbeing of the growing number of gay men becoming sick, losing their jobs, having no insurance to cover medical costs and not being able to pay their bills, let alone food and toiletries, the group collected non-perishable donation items for AFAN’s small food bank. Coincidentally, the generic brand labels in simple black and white lettering were a popular item 8 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

as the low cost allowed for greater cuisine from the Strip’s best chefs and quantities. top-shelf liquor brands from Back Bar USA, all included in the $50 general Each year, the event grew and the admission price. A limited amount idea of wearing black and white attire of $130 VIP tickets will grant early theme was adopted to go with the admission. food labels and thus the “Black & White Party” was conceived. Today, The “Fashion Icon” award will be the Black & White Party is one of back this year with Macy’s awarding Las Vegas’ most fashionable and a $500 shopping spree to the most anticipated events, drawing 3,000 fashionable guest. For those looking guests last year and raising nearly to make a weekend out of it, Hard $130,000 with 100% of the night’s Rock will offer a special room package proceeds supporting AFAN’s client and Luxor’s Temptation Sundays will services. host a pool party the following day. This year will be even bigger and over Tickets are on sale now at afanlv.org the top with a surprise celebrity host, and you won’t want to miss out - we’ll The Perry Twins DJ’ing, lavish decor see you (and your outfits) there! from The International Special Events Society Las Vegas Chapter (ISES-LV),


said “When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.” We all just want to be treated equal, right? Bullying is also a very hot topic in our LGBT community, Harvey Fierstein said it best “Never be bullied By Ernie “Pineapple” Yuen, Executive Director, Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE into silence. Never allow yourself to Time just seems to fly when your be made a victim. Accept no one’s having fun. It seems like only definition of your life; define yourself.” yesterday we started working on our Remember you’re never alone, and it very first “Guide to Las Vegas PRIDE”, can only get better. Diversity a word and as I’m writing this article we are with many meanings, it pulls on our wrapping up our second guide. What heartstrings. We are all different, a year it has been for myself and but we all should be able to love the Board of Directors of Southern and be loved, George Takei said “We Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. As should indeed keep calm in the face we face each challenge as a team, of difference, and live our lives in a we remember the reason why we do state of inclusion and wonder at the what we do. For me, the answer is diversity of humanity.” “to do the best that we can, the best way we know how, with honestly and I would like to say THANK YOU, to the integrity”. Do we make mistakes? Of marriage equality, this is awesome, Board of Directors of Southern Nevada course we do, but we learn and grow love is love. Association of PRIDE, Inc. You have from the experience. Moving forward all done an amazing job, I am very in 2016 we will continue to challenge Laverne Cox, Andreja Pejic, Jazz proud of each of you- thank you. To ourselves to grow as an organization, Jenning and Caitlyn Jenner... it’s more all our fellow Las Vegas LGBT 501c3s, build bridges and do what is right. We obvious than ever that transgender thank you for all your support as we are always meeting and planning and people, long relegated to society’s continue to support one another have many new events and the return shadows, are finally stepping into and build a stronger community. To of some old favorites in the works. the light. We are at a social inflection our many sponsors, thank you as point on transgender issues, civil you continue to show your undying Happy PRIDE everyone! I was asked, rights for minorities is a very hot generous support to our community. “What’s Gay PRIDE?” My answer topic, it’s on an upswing now. I have Last but not least, to our volunteers was “PRIDE is a gathering that offers many transgender family members - you will always be the backbone a space to affirm, celebrate, and be and friends, for them the struggle to our community and without you proud of sexual diversity and gender is real. The growing number of I could not do my job. You all work variance”. My mom always told me transgender faces beaming weekly hard, with a smile on your face and “Be who you are and love yourself. into America’s living rooms can only unconditional love; I applaud all of Remember that I will always love you.” have a positive effect. I truly believe you, Mahalo! that the more people come to know Many of my friends in my age bracket transgender people, the more they Please enjoy Las Vegas PRIDE 2015, would have never dreamed of seeing will understand, accept and support have fun, make new friends, reunite the events taking place now in 2015. them. Transgender people are still with old friends. Celebrate PRIDE June 26, 2015 was a very special day subject to profound discrimination and what is means to you! Most of for many of us. The Supreme Court and violence, we all need to help all please be safe and be nice to each struck down the ban to same sex and support our brothers and sisters other. marriage as unconstitutional. The Greater acceptance is really needed, ruling even went so far as to say and long overdue. In PRIDE, “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes Ernie “Pineapple” Yuen of the law. The Constitution grants In closing I would like to share some Executive Director them that”, affirming in the positive famous quotes. Let’s start off with Southern Nevada Association the right to marry. We all now have our President, Barack Obama, who of PRIDE, Inc.

Between You & Me

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Events

SEPTEMBER 19, 2015 For a complete list of the official Las Vegas PRIDE Women’s Events, please visit page 72!

OFFICIAL PRIDE CELEBRATION EVENTS SEPTEMBER 2, 2015

SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 (CONT.)

PRIDE Family “Rainbow” Bingo Alexis Park All-Suite Resort Happy Hour 6-7pm | Bingo at 7pm $10 per Bingo Game Packet

La Noche at the Tropics [21+] Piranha Nightclub | 11pm FREE Admission

SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 LAMBDA LGBT PRIDE Luncheon Las Palmas Mexican Restaurant Luncheon 11:30am to 12:45pm 953 East Sahara Ave. $18 Inclusive

SEPTEMBER 12, 2015 PRIDE Kick Off Party [21+] Charlie’s Las Vegas | 9pm FREE Admission Noches Calientes Opening Latin Party [21+] Pride702Club | 11pm FREE Admission Senior Prom [50+] Hosted by Las Vegas Prime Timers The Center | 6:30-11pm $10 Admission

SEPTEMBER 13, 2015 Temptation Sundays [21+] FLAUNT PRIDE Opening Pool Party Luxor Hotel North Pool | 1-7pm $10 Admission for Hotel Guests & Locals with ID (All Others $20.00)

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015 “Colors of PRIDE” Family Bingo Alexis Park All-Suite Resort Happy Hour 6-7pm | Bingo at 7pm $10 per Bingo Game Packet $5 per 10 raffle tickets Rockin’ Rainbow [21+] Underwear Night Charlie’s Las Vegas | 9pm - 1am FREE Admission

SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 HRC 3rd Thursday Location TBA | 6-8pm FREE Admission PRIDE Boy’s Party [21+] SHARE Nightclub | 10pm FREE Admission

SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 PRIDE Pre Parade Party [All Ages] The Downtown Crown Pub | 3-8pm Food & Drink Specials PRIDE Night Parade [All Ages] Downtown Las Vegas - Grandstand at 4th St. and Bridger Ave. | 8-10pm

Leather Church [21+] Hosted by LUC of LV & LVBOL Charlie’s Las Vegas | 4-8pm FREE Admission

Shenanigans [21+] Hosted by Freddie & Keyska Diva Charlie’s Las Vegas | 9pm - 1am FREE Admission

SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

ADRENALINE [18+] PRIDE Parade After Party Tommy Wind Theater | 10pm Tickets online at purplepass.com

PRIDE Parade Planning Meeting Mandatory for ALL Parade Liaisons Alexis Park | 7-8:30pm

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PRIDE Pre-Festival Party [21+] Piranha Nightclub | 10pm FREE Admission

Las Vegas PRIDE Festival [All Ages] Clark County Government Center 500 S Grand Central Parkway Festival Open Noon - 10pm $15.00 Adult (21+) Admission $10.00 Youth (13-20) Admission Children 12 & Under FREE Official After Festival Party [21+] SHARE Nightclub | 10pm FREE Admission

SEPTEMBER 20, 2015 PRIDE Pajama Brunch [All Ages] DW Bistro | 10am - 2pm 6115 S Fort Apache Rd Food & Beverage Specials Hangover at the Spa [21+] Entourage | 10am - 6pm 953 E Sahara Ave, Suite A19 entouragevegas.com Temptation Sundays [21+] PRIDE T-Dance Closing Pool Party Luxor Hotel North Pool | 1-7pm $10 Admission for Hotel Guests & Locals with ID (All Others $20.00) True Colors Las Vegas Men’s Chorus The Flamingo Library | 6-9pm 1401 E Flamingo Rd $15 Admission Family Friendly Stripped [21+] PRIDE Closing Party Fuso Nightclub | 10pm 6007 Dean Martin Dr. FREE Admission El Deseo [21+] Ranchero Latin Closing PRIDE Party Piranha Nightclub | 11pm FREE Admission

SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 PRIDE Family Skate Night [All Ages] Crystal Palace Skating Center 4680 Boulder Hwy| 6-10pm FREE Admission

LOCATION ADDRESSES

For location addresses, please visit our LGBT Community Resources directory on pages 102-103 of this magazine.


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By Ernie Yuen Photography by Marc Garcia

Happy PRIDE everyone! I needed to look up “what is a Superstar?” According to the Merriam-Webster, a superstar is “a star who is considered extremely talented, has great public appeal, one that is very prominent”. The Urban Dictionary’s top definition is “one who is unique and beautiful both inside and out; a bright-shining and/or lovely thing to behold”. There I found my answer and the best way to describe these deserving individuals from our amazing community. As we celebrate LOVE, DIVERSITY and PRIDE, we would like to honor some of our outstanding community PRIDE Superstars. I hope you enjoy reading about these incredible individuals who make a difference in our lives through the organizations they represent and their dedication and commitment to our community. Congratulations to our 2015 PRIDE Superstar honorees.

Arlene is currently the Development Manager for the Center. She has lived in Las Vegas since 1992 and has been involved with the LGBT community since 1984. She has especially been involved with many HIV/AIDS projects throughout her career. Before joining the Center she worked with the community in Los Angeles, and here in Las Vegas has worked with Golden Rainbow and Saint Therese Center. Arlene has been on the staff at the Center since 2008 and preforms a pivotal position there. She is always willing to “help” anyone in the community with almost anything at a moment’s notice. 14 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

Chris is an amazing professional balloon artist and children’s entertainer who has been “Coloring Our World with PRIDE” here in Las Vegas for many, many years! Every year he dazzles our city and LGBT community with his colorful designs for the annual Black & White Party, as well as during the PRIDE Parade by working with a number of companies who march in the Parade year after year. He also brings joy to the Festival by creating funfilled balloons for the kids (and adults) in the children’s area! He further supports our community by working with local LGBT nightclubs for numerous events throughout the year. When he’s not working, Chris volunteers his time to LGBT members in our community and helps them to further color their own lives with pride by helping to educate and counsel them in their struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. Not to mention, as his business card says, he’s also an “all around nice guy.”


For the past three years Tim has chaired MGM’s first LGBT Employee Networking Group providing a group of employees and ally’s focused on allowing the talents of LGBT employees to come together to take on local initiatives and drive more business to the company. The group has been highly successful because of his Leadership. Tim is a leader and champion in the Las Vegas LGBT community.

Cristina DiGioia is a straight ally, who has and continues to work tirelessly for our community. She is a Las Vegas HRC Steering Committee Member; she sits on the Board of Community Counseling Center, and consistently works to assist Golden Rainbow, AFAN, and Las Vegas PRIDE. Cristina is a strong advocate for LGBTQ rights, and has proven her support over the years and has become a very visible ally to the entire Las Vegas Community. Her work with HRC continues to evolve the volunteer program, with HRC volunteers in support of Las Vegas PRIDE, AFAN, Golden Rainbow, Community Counseling Center, The LGBTQ Center, St. Jude and the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, to name a few.

Tim Evans is the Director of Marketing at the Luxor and has been a champion for the LGBT community by focusing his marketing efforts on this community. He was the mastermind behind the Temptation Sundays Pool Parties, which is in its 6th season. This event has grown stronger every summer bringing more and more LGBT travelers to Vegas and offering a great Sunday afternoon activity that gathers locals together.

Jim McMichael is the Diversity Sales Liaison of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority. Replacing Mya Reyes as the face of LGBTQ and Diversity Lifestyles for the LVCVA was no small task. Jim in his two plus years at the LVCVA as greatly surpassed all our expectations and taken our message to host more LGBTQ and Diversity Lifestyle events to new heights and new places. He developed a quick rapport with those of us in the hospitality industry to present a united welcoming front to all potential convention and meeting planners. Jim also surprised many of us with his diverse background, education and ability to connect with all types of potential clientele and his clever style of advertising. He has made great strides by speaking fluent Spanish in helping to deliver our message to the growing Hispanic demographic as well - both gay and straight. Jim has a fun cheery disposition and with his quick wit, knowledge and a sincere professionalism is most deserving of this honor and award. No One works harder from start to finish than Jim McMichael. Jim has made invaluable connections for all of us in the Las Vegas area LGBTQ Business Community nationally and internationally. I can think of no other candidate that brings more to the table for our community than Jim McMichael.

Tim has also dedicated much of his time traveling to trade shows and events representing the face of LGBT Vegas and welcoming visitors. He constantly presents his ideas of how to make MGM Resorts a driving force in the LGBT community. Making sure MGM is involved and sponsoring local events such as Pride and HRC. Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 15


the organization through its toughest times but also created a Pride Organization that put on the biggest and most profitable events in the LGBT community. Raising money that went directly back into our local community organizations strengthening our community as a whole. No matter the challenge, Bob stepped up and made sure our communities Pride always shinned. Bob dedication and continued support of the organization is appreciated and admired. Bob is a true LGBT champion.

Josh is the HIV Prevention Director / Vegas Mpowerment Coordinator at the Center. Josh is a native Californian where he received his education as a counselor. Josh became part of the Las Vegas community in 2003 and began working at the Center a few months after arriving in the city. Josh is responsible for running the youth group and coordinating Mpowerment. He is always available to lend an ear if one of our youth needs someone to talk with or ask for advice/counseling. Josh continued his education at UNLV working on his degree in Social Work. Josh is a pivotal individual in the community with outreach to many areas promoting HIV prevention in all aspects.

Robert Napierala, his friends call him Bob, deserves this honor because of his dedicated service to the Las Vegas LGBT community. Bob has served on the SNAPI Board for over a decade in various roles. Bob stepped in 12 years ago when the organization was in sever financial hardship. He joined the board with a focus of paying off all the organizations debt, which was around $50,000, ensuring the Las Vegas community had a Pride celebration that year. With Bon’s leadership, the community celebrated Pride. Over the years, Bob served in the roles of President, Vice President, Treasure, and Board Member and now as Advisor Emeritus. Bob’s outstanding leadership lead 16 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

Bobby Townsend has been in Las Vegas for 18 years and is an owner of a very successful Concierge business. Bobby employees people with illnesses that other companies will not give the time or day. This opportunity gives the people hope and lets them feel as if they fit in with everyone else. Bobby cares a lot about the Las Vegas visitors and the Las Vegas LGBT Community. Bobby tries very hard to put smiles on people’s faces and to make dreams come true when they come to visit our amazing city of Las Vegas. For the Las Vegas LGBT community Bobby gives back thousands of dollars a year to our LGBT 501c3 non-profit organizations to help them raise money for charitable events that help others within our community. Bobby is a big supporter of HIV/AIDS causes because Bobby is living with AIDS and knows what it is like dealing with AIDS on a day-to-day basic. Bobby has a strong desire to work with younger people or people that were diagnosed as having HIV to let them know it’s going to be a long road but “you have help and you will be ok”. Bobby has been involved with Smokeout Las Vegas for the past 8 years as the event planner. Smokeout brings thousands of men from around the world to Las Vegas, while here they have so much fun and it is one of Bobby’s favorite events… he loves it!!! Bobby’s heart is with helping others and doing everything he can to show people “you can have a great life you just have to want to put a little work in to it to enjoy it more.”


a showing of good faith and helping to improve our community. They help build bridges between all LGBT organizations while promoting diversity and supporting inclusion. We would like to recognize Wes Miller and Raul Mangubat from Get Booked. Wes and Raul have always been true supporters of Las Vegas PRIDE and the Las Vegas LGBT Community. Wes always has a can-do attitude and gives from his heart.

Joe Oddo is a Supervisor for the National Support Center for Cox Business and is the champion of LGBT activities for Cox Las Vegas. Since the inception of Cox’s partnership with SNAPI – Joe has been the advocate to promote diversity and inclusion, concentrating on LGBT outreach with employees. Being the “super” behind the man, Joe has concentrated his efforts on growing employee participation with the PRIDE parade – to the amazing number of 450 employees and family members walking in the 2014 PRIDE parade. With his leadership and creativity – Cox’s 2014 PRIDE parade entry won the Rainbow Award! In addition to his great work with employees, Joe has also expanded LGBT Outreach to include national networks such as USA Networks by bringing the “I Won’t Stand For” campaign to Southern NV two years in a row. Joe is a driving force for Cox’s LGBT activities both in Las Vegas and the Southwest Region including Phoenix, Tucson and now San Diego markets. For the past four years Joe has been a chair on the Cox Southwest Regional Diversity Council and is an integral part of the Cox National LGBT Employee Resource Group that will be launched by the end of 2015. Joe is a true leader in every sense of the word and has taken LGBT outreach to a whole new level!

Raul always helps us with our marketing. He is always willing to donate space in the front window for PRIDE events and programs. He has also been generous with donations and is always willing to help. Thank you, Wes and Raul, for all that you do! SPECIAL THANKS: I would like to thank Cox Communications for their contributions, making our “Las Vegas PRIDE Superstars” a reality. Mahalo to Tamar Hoapili, Community Relations/ Video Production Manager at Cox Communications for all that you do for our community; you are a shining star.

In recognition of an outstanding gay owned and operated business in Las Vegas we are proud to honor Get Booked as a PRIDE Community Superstar. They give back to our community, not only in sponsorship but through Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 17


Directors

PRIDE BOARD & COMMITTEE MEMBERS LIST The Board of Directors of the Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. (SNAPI) is both proud and honored to be able to direct the growth of this outstanding organization. Each of the non-compensated board members volunteers countless hours to help ensure a successful and enjoyable PRIDE Celebration for all.

BOARD MEMBERS EXECUTIVE BOARD Jorge Solorio, President Kawika Oliveira, Vice President Brady McGill, Secretary Lucas P. Rangel, Parliamentarian DIRECTORS Clair Koetitz Hi-D Burgerer Julie Kokoczka Lyndon Marquez

COMMITTEES EDUCATION & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Brady McGill Clair Koetitz Lyndon Marquez ENTERTAINMENT Frankie Sanchez Lucas Rangel FAMILY BINGO Brady McGill Clair Koetitz Ernie Yuen Hi-D Burgerer Jorge Solorio Julie Kokoczka Kawika Oliveira Lucas Rangel Lyndon Marquez

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FINANCE Ernie Yuen Kawika Oliveira Lucas Rangel FOOD & BEVERAGE Brady McGill Hi-D Burgerer Julie Kokoczka HOLIDAY WREATH & ORNAMENT AUCTION Ernie Yuen LOGISTICS Brady McGill Julie Kokoczka MAGAZINE Brady McGill Clair Koetitz Ernie Yuen Jorge Solorio Lucas Rangel Lyndon Marquez MARKETING Brady McGill Ernie Yuen Jorge Solorio Lucas Rangel PARADE Clair Koetitz Ernie Yuen Jorge Solorio Kawika Oliveira Lyndon Marquez

ROYALTY COMMITTEE Ernie Yuen Jorge Garcia-Solorio “SAFER SEX” OUTREACH PROGRAM Brady McGill Ernie Yuen SPECIAL EVENTS Brady McGill Clair Koetitz Lyndon Marquez SPONSORSHIP Ernie Yuen Jorge Garcia-Solorio Lucas Rangel VENDORS Hi-D Burgerer Jorge Solorio Julie Kokoczka VOLUNTEERS Javier Rendorio Jeff Renaud Jorge Solorio Kawika Oliveira

PRIDE STAFF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Ernie Yuen


From the President By Jorge Garcia-Solorio, President, Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc. (SNAPI)

Hello! Welcome to Las Vegas PRIDE 2015. This year we celebrate the 32nd anniversary of Las Vegas PRIDE with the theme “Color Our World with PRIDE.” The Board of Directors has worked very hard to produce 10 days of fabulous events and activities for the community to enjoy. I could not be more proud of what has been accomplished. Las Vegas PRIDE is getting bigger and better every year. Year after year, our amazing sponsors return, and new sponsors arrive. We are proud to announce that Luxor Las Vegas is this year’s official Host Hotel. Join us at Luxor every Sunday during the summer for Temptation Sundays, the only LGBT Pool Party in Las Vegas.

Ladies have a special treat lined up as we have once again partnered with Lisa Pittman to present Shedonism. You’ll definitely enjoy the long list of events planned for you; mega dance and sexy pool parties; enough to make This year’s PRIDE festivities will begin your Shedonism event a weekend to with the monthly PRIDE Family Bingo, remember. held at Alexis Park All-Suite Resort. During all of these parties we will Join our current royalty and special continue the celebration with a guests for an entertaining official second PRIDE Family Bingo! And, of PRIDE Week Kick-Off Party at Charlie’s course, Las Vegas PRIDE would not be Las Vegas on September 12th. Don’t the same without our Official Opening worry, the party doesn’t end there! Pool Party hosted at Temptation PRIDE’s first Latin Party will be held at Sunday’s at the Luxor Hotel. Club Pride 702 right after. Friday, September 18th is our Annual We would like to welcome a PRIDE Night Parade in Downtown Las new partner this year, Pacifico Vegas at 8PM. Come early to save Entertainment, as they host our yourself a spot for the largest parade Official After-Parade Party at The in Las Vegas. Saturday, September Tommy Wind Theater. We are also 19th, is our 32nd Annual Las Vegas happy to partner once again with our PRIDE Festival. There will be lots friends at Piranha Nightclub. They are of food, fun, full service bars and happy to be hosting two Latin PRIDE entertainment. Events on September 13th and 15th as well as the Official Pre-Festival This year, has been an exciting year for SNAPI as we have so many new Party. events to share. 20 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

With the recent ruling by the Supreme Court, we all enjoy the same marriage rights in this country. In celebration of this landmark decision, we have produced fantastic Wedding Expos that have helped many couples in planning their big moments. Thank you to all of the pioneers that began the LGBT rights movement those many years ago. If it weren’t for your passion and desires, today’s generations would not have the rights you fought to have. Once again, to you, we say “thank you!” Also exciting, SNAPI has launched our very own Non-Profit Magazine with great success. Focused on the many LGBT Non-Profits in Las Vegas, the magazine has been welcomed by the community. After a successful first year, we will be continuing this program in the coming year. I would like to offer a personal “thank you” to all of our sponsors, because, without their generosity, Las Vegas PRIDE would not exist. Thank you to the Board of Directors of SNAPI for all of your hard work. Most of all, thank you to our many volunteers! Please enjoy Las Vegas PRIDE 2015! Celebrate for the part of you that may once have been afraid to; celebrate for all of the people who aren’t able to. Today, remember that you are not just a “me” but also a “we,” and we celebrate with pride! Thank you! Jorge A. Garcia-Solorio President, Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc.


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It’s not uncommon for those I meet in the Leather/Kink scene to be confused with how I present myself, since I tend to buck nearly every tradition I come into contact with. And somehow it shows. What I notice is a moment of confusion, followed by an attempt to gauge me through conversation. This leads to the discovery that what they originally perceived may not be correct. And that’s just where I like them. Because I’m tall (6’3”), malepresenting and pushing 200 pounds, it’s not unusual for some to call me intimidating, gruff, arrogant and domineering. But the moment I open my mouth and they hear a soft-spoken intellectual speaking in a lyric baritone voice, I watch these people’s guardedness melt away and a connection is established. 30 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

What I typically will volunteer as a shorthand reply to those who express their confusion at being unable to tell whether I’m a submissive or a Dominant is that I’m a switch, but even that contains some nuance. It’s in those moments I communicate that I am neither a Dominant nor a submissive but a Cooperative. I don’t believe I’m coining a new term, only utilizing sophistications of language to convey a subtle point: That your assumptions about me (or anything for that matter) are likely incomplete, occasionally inaccurate or simply wrong. Start over. Don’t approach me with your scripting as “Top” or “Most Masturful Titleholdurr” or whatever. This doesn’t happen every time but Approach me as a person of mutuallyin the Leather scene, it’s nice to regarded dignity. see vulnerability among ostensible strangers. Sometimes, I see on their I am happy to take on the role of a face that they’ve decided something submissive, when I have consented to about me and that leaves me feeling participate in the shared vision for a exposed. That’s a different kind of specific desired experience; inversely, I am happy to take on the role of a vulnerability. Dominant, when I have consented to It’s not surprising when I’m labeled participate in the shared vision for a as a Dominant, and it certainly specific desired experience. I can be doesn’t phase me when I’m seen as a top, I can be a bottom, I can be a a submissive, but neither are 100% sub and I can be a Dom, but if anyone is to engage me they must see and accurate... at least not all the time. understand me as first and foremost It took me many years to come to a playful, imaginative hedonist and this understanding about myself and sado-masochistic Cooperative. it’s been delightfully transgressive to point out to my peers that there Don’t know what that means? Inquire are, indeed, many other ways one within. Just approach me on middle might identify, even on the Dom-sub ground. And you will either have my spectrum. I don’t do this to throw cooperation, or you won’t. people off (although I have discovered there’s a strategic benefit to others’


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The Print Media has been saying this for a while now: study after study confirms that consumers by and large prefer printed paper over digital readers when consuming all types of information.

information better when they read print on paper compared to lower percentages (64 percent and less) when reading on electronic devices”

“The same trend was found for reading complicated documents The latest study finds that “88 with 80 percent indicating a clear percent of respondents indicated that preference for reading print on paper, they understood, retained or used and reading on screens showing a much lower preference than print at below 16 percent across all age groups”.

• 75% say they are more relaxed and receptive reading a print magazine than a digital version. • When the material is complicated, 80% would chose to read it in print. • Distraction goes way down when reading in print: only 23% said they were easily distracted when reading in print (compared to 66% when reading on phones and 42% on e-readers). • Many respondents actually print out digital documents, citing reasons including “easier to read,” “more secure,” “better for storing,” and “less likely to be lost.” • 64% pay more attention to ads in printed magazines over online. When it comes to our magazines, we read more, read longer and subscribe more often to print magazines than digital. While publishers talk about embracing the digital futures of their publications, ordinary people like you and me still prefer to read a good glossy. These findings come out of an informal survey conducted of several hundred North American consumers. Consumers was asked a handful of key questions about the number and type

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of magazines they had read in the • Respondents subscribed to an past month, to see if we could draw average of 2.02 print magazines any conclusions. each, while they subscribed to far fewer (an average of .6 editions) The results were clear: People are via digital channels. more engaged with their print • All the respondents had at least magazines than their digital ones. one device (smart phone, tablet or desktop computer) on which Key findings include: they could read digital magazines, so access to the digital magazines • 25% of respondents had read five is apparently not an issue when or more print magazines in the determining preferences. past month. Only 1.8% of those same people said they read that Of the ones who did read digital many digital magazines. magazines, their laptop/desktop was • Readers engaged for significantly the preferred method over smart longer with their print phones or tablets. People was asked publications, with 50% saying to jot down their own comments, they spent at least 30 minutes per unprompted. issue. Only 12% said they spent that much time with each digital When asked about their print publication. subscriptions, several respondents

listed the specific magazines to which they subscribe. This didn’t happen at all when asked about their digital subscriptions; instead, people left comments like these: “I’d rather have something in my hands.” “I don’t subscribe to any digital magazines. Too slow!” “I hate reading online. I do that enough during my workday.” The next time you are wondering if print is still relevant to your company’s marketing plans, consider your customers and your advertisers. Clearly, print is still relevant to them.

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Countless hours of volunteering, dedication, and hard work are required of Las Vegas PRIDE Royalty. Applicants interested in holding a title from Las Vegas PRIDE must demonstrate these qualities to the organization before being considered.

This year was an exciting year for the Royalty of Las Vegas PRIDE. We have the traditional Mr. and Miss Las Vegas PRIDE but added and entertainer and has been an the new exciting categories of Mr. activist in the LGBTQIA community. and Miss Orgullo Latino Las Vegas and Mr. Las Vegas Leather PRIDE. As the reigning Miss PRIDE, her platform, in association with We also deviated from the norm Gender Justice, is to help out the by having two Mr. Las Vegas PRIDEs Transgender community with in celebration of marriage equity. things that are vital to living a Our Mr. PRIDEs are engaged and successful life as a Trans person. Her first quest is in helping plan to get married in 2016. transgender-identified people Let us introduce you to these who were born in Nevada and have a Nevada ID with changing exciting individuals. their name, as well as the gender marker on their birth certificate. This is all done legally and free of LISA ST. LAURENT charge as long as these individuals Miss Las Vegas PRIDE meet the financial requirements First, Lisa St. Laurent is the for the grant. reigning Miss Las Vegas PRIDE 2015. Lisa relocated to Las Vegas Other issues Lisa is pursuing include 20 years ago where she has medical benefits, education and worked as a bartender, show host mental health counseling. More 40 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

specifically, she is interested in exploring rehabilitation for people using drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism. In addition, she would like to compile a list of doctors who specialize in hormone therapy treatment to provide options to those beginning their physical transition. This list will also include a list of other contacts to which individuals may be referred to for other transition-related therapy and surgeries. Lisa is looking forward to connecting more people with the community as well as our allies, to accomplish grater things and create a safe space for everyone.


WAYNE MEISTLE & CRAIG MELAND

Mr & Mr. Las Vegas PRIDE Please meet our Mr. and Mr. Las Vegas PRIDE 2015. Wayne Meistle and Craig Meland. They have been in Las Vegas for 15 years and have been together for the past 13 years.

Hamburger Mary’s Las Vegas and shortly after being hired won the title of Miss PRIDE Youth 20052006 and then went on to be Miss Las Vegas PRIDE 2006-2007. This was an introduction to all of the gay establishments in Las Vegas where she has bartended and entertained for the past 11 years.

of Alabama in Birmingham where he studied to become a Paramedic. In 1984 he joined the U.S. Navy and was a FMF (Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman). He served 21 years on active duty with two combat tours. Mark retired in 2005.

Upon retirement he has worked ChiChi is the only person that has for various companies around the Since moving to Las Vegas, they ever held three royal titles within country in his chosen profession Biomedical Electronics have been active members of the the Las Vegas PRIDE organization. of Engineering. He decided to community supporting Las Vegas further his education pursuing a PRIDE. They have been judges ARMANDO “ZELKIN” bachelor’s degree in photography. for the Las Vegas PRIDE Parade, He has been with his partner for hosted the PRIDE Festival, taken MONROY Mr. Orgullo Latino Las Vegas 3 years and was married to his part in raising money for AFAN’s wonderful husband in 2013. Black & White party and the AIDS Armando Zelkin Monroy “Zelkin” Walk. is your Mr. Orgullo Latino Las His passion for leather started Wayne and Craig have become Vegas 2015. He has been involved when he was in the Boy Scouts From a face for Las Vegas PRIDE with the LGBT community from learning leather work. volunteering at the Center, helping there on he was hooked and one by volunteering to be in the with major events like PRIDE and of his hobbies became tooling advertisements for events and is always smiling and willing to do and carving leather. He started activities that PRIDE produces. whatever needs to be done. learning about the leather scene in the military and with time that first They are both into music, movies Raised by his mother, Zelkin experience led him to the leather and fitness. They love to spend credits her for helping shape him community and a great way of live. time out on the town with their into the man that he is today. A friends, as well a spending the occasional quiet night at home Las Vegas native, Zelkin enjoys the Please say hello and offer your great outdoors as well as ballroom congratulations to our 2015 with their dog Alexter. dancing, but his pure joy is the Royalty. As stated above, Wayne and Craig love of animals. He inspires to have been engaged since 2010 and one day become a veterinarian. with the legalization of marriage He is looking forward to his reign ROYALTY QUALIFICATIONS in the United States, are planning and hopes to inspire others to be Want to become PRIDE Royalty? their wedding for the summer of proud of their heritage and to get involved with their community. For a list of qualifications that 2016. form an outline to help applicants interested in becoming Las Vegas ROBERT “MARK” SMITH PRIDE Royalty as well as the CHICHI DELA CRUZ Mr. Las Vegas Leather PRIDE community at large understand Miss Orgullo Latino Las Vegas the commitment and responsibility The title of Mr. Las Vegas Leather placed on the title holder please Miss Orgullo Latino Las Vegas PRIDE 2015 goes to Robert visit us at www.LasVegasPRIDE.org. 2015 is ChiChi DeLa Cruze. She “Mark” Smith. Mark was born in Unlike a traditional pageant title, was born and raised in Las Vegas Alabama and grew up on a fourth the Las Vegas PRIDE titleholder of Mexican parents and has been generation family hog farm and must earn their title through active in the LGBT community for graduated from high school in dedication to the organization and 11 years. She started working at 1981. He attended the University hard work. Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine | 41


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LIPSTICK LESBIANS

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

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

FURRY

LEATHER GIRL

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

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

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ANNUAL PRIDE NIGHT PARADE

GREG CHASE Greg Chase is excited to bring his charismatic personality to the stage for his 2nd year hosting the Las Vegas Pride Parade. No stranger to the Las Vegas hospitality community, Greg has emceed and hosted multiple public & private events throughout the Las Vegas Area, including Las Vegas Pride’s National Coming Out Day celebration where he married 8 LGBT couples on the heels of the legalization of Marriage Equality in Nevada. Greg is active in the Las Vegas & LGBT community, serving on the Board of Advisors for the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association as well as supporting multiple philanthropic efforts such as the St. Baldrick’s Foundation as well as through his involvement with the MGM Resorts International LGBT Employee Networking Group. Greg moved to Las Vegas 5 years ago from Orlando, Florida where he worked with the Walt Disney World Resort. He looks forward making time to support the Las Vegas LGBT Community any chance he gets. ANDREW RYAN Andrew Ryan was born and raised in Parker, Arizona. Ryan’s love of the stage began in 3rd grade performing in school plays and participating in the drama program through high school. He was a member of the school band playing clarinet and saxophone. He also participated in Yearbook, FFA Club, 4-H, Swim Team, and 4 years with the Arizona Western College Dance Team. Ryan’s higher education includes an Associate Degree in design, general studies at Yavapai College, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University in Design Management. In 2008, Andrew relocated to Las Vegas and honed his craft as

a Female Celebrity Impersonator. Performing in night club and casino showrooms, Ryan is best known for his showgirl illusions and elaborate costumes. He can be seen nightly at Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas at the Linq Showroom! Follow him on Instagram @andrewryandiva

Awards

All contingents participating in the annual Las Vegas PRIDE Night Parade are judged as their contingent passes the parade grandstand for the following awards: Best Walking/Marching Contingent Best Decorated Vehicle Best Float

(Best Use of Lighting) Community Ally Award (Best LGBT Community Supporter)

Rainbow Award (Best Use of PRIDE Colors)

Hot Wheels Award (Best Motorcycle/Car Club)

Painted for the Gods Award (Best Drag Entry)

Grand Marshal Award (Best Overall Decorated Vehicle)

LGBT Diversity Award

Parade Director Award (Best Overall Float)

You Light Up My Life Award

Grand Diva Award

PRIDE PARADE PRESHOW Please join us for fun surprises and amazing drag entertainment at the Las Vegas PRIDE Parade Preshow hosted by Las Vegas PRIDE Bingo Host Adrienne Alexander and Bingo Babe Gemini D’Angelo. The show starts at 7pm and is best viewed from the Parade Grandstand at the corner of 4th Street and Bridger Avenue. Make sure to arrive a little early as seats fill up quickly!

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Randy Arnold

PRIDE PARADE GRAND MARSHAL

Las Vegas PRIDE is honored to have Randy Arnold as our 2015 Parade Grand Marshal. Barefoot Wine and Bubbly has been a wonderful supporter of Las Vegas PRIDE for over 15 years. Barefoot Ambassador Randy Arnold was born in Sonoma County, California. Randy grew up in the idyllic surroundings of his family’s orchards and vineyards in the Sebastopol area. His wine grape growing experience began at the “ground level” helping plant grapevines in his family’s vineyards. Following a degree in Wine Marketing, Randy learned first-hand about the wine industry by working for numerous vineyards, wineries and distributors throughout Northern California. As Barefoot ambassador, Randy travels across the country sharing with the public his passion for making wine fun as well as training the next generation of Barefoot representatives in the unique Barefoot culture. Remembering the mantra to “make the world a better place through wine,” Randy encourages all new Barefoot

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representatives to choose non-profits and causes that are close to their own heart just as he has done since 1990. When not working, Randy likes nothing better than spending time with his husband, Greg, at the Wildwood Retreat Center. Randy and Greg were married during the “window of opportunity” in 2008, they make their home in Oakland. Their wedding reception was a benefit for the Wildwood Foundation. Located on a mountaintop in Western Sonoma County, the Wildwood Retreat Center is Randy’s favorite place in the world. This amazing retreat center specializes in yoga, massage and healing. Randy started a memorial grove to help people process their grief at the loss of a loved one and to create remembrance. In the grove among several hundred redwoods lie the memorial stones for loved ones. Randy loves to sit on a bench in the grove watching the redwoods grow. A Coast Redwood can live to be 2,000 years old, which is what Randy calls long-term planning! Randy feels very fortunate to be a part of a very successful winery that does so much good in the world. He looks forward to introducing you to new Barefoot wines and bubblies, and though Randy has no formal training in the kitchen he hopes to continue doing his chef demos across the country. As Randy likes to say, “just because you’re not an expert doesn’t mean you can’t have fun too!” Welcome to Las Vegas Randy! Happy Pride!


VEGAS, MEET THE NEW KID IN TOWN...

DOWNTOWN CROWN PUB GRAND OPENING - SEPTEMBER 10, 2015 Gurl! Ditch that light beer and get yerself a Cosmopolitan! There’s a fun new pub and dining experience coming to the Arts Factory in the downtown area. We spoke to owners Ernesto Perdomo a former Vegas performer and Ron Schultz, owner of 2 similar bar/restaurants to learn what The Downtown Crown Pub will be serving up… “We decided last year that it was time to move forward and follow our idea to have a casual pub in the downtown area” says Ernesto. “I have always been the happiest and most fulfilled when I create a space that I feel the Vegas locals would enjoy” offers Ron. “Creating a friendly 24 hour pub felt like a natural gap in the downtown market to be filled.”

a Saturday and Sunday specialty brunch with live entertainment.

Get ready for traditional English food and fast American-style service in a flirtatious environment. The fun begins with the pub’s grand opening on September 10th, 2015. Are you ready to show your PRIDE? For PRIDE Weekend, the Downtown Crown will be hosting the Last Vegas PRIDE Pre-Parade Party starting at 3pm. There will be free transportation from the end of the parade back to the Arts District. There will also be food and drink specials throughout the PRIDE weekend! With a full and varied menu you are sure to find something to love from their selection of traditional English favorites like Fish & Chips and Bangers & Mash. Spotted Dick anyone? Don’t wory if that isn’t your preference, there are also American specialties available which range from chicken fingers to burgers. And don’t forget the brunch specials on the weekends...

The Downtown Crown Pub is located at the Arts District’s former “Bar+Bistro” (the corner of Charleston and Casino Center) in the Arts Factory, 107 E Charleston Blvd. It 14 British, European and American The Downtown Crown Pub was is easy to find- just one block east of beers are available on tap, and the inspired by its sister properties, The Main Street. wine list has been carefully selected to Crown and Anchor British Pubs. accompany a full bar with a specialty This new pub will also be open 24 The Smith Center is five minutes cocktail list and house specials. hours and evolve over the day from away, making the pub a perfect spot breakfast, through working lunches for pre or post-show dinner and The Downtown Crown Pub and after work drinks to dinner and drinks. The huge outdoor shaded 107 E Charleston Blvd late night cocktails with full menu patio (dog friendly) is a great spot for Las Vegas, NV 89104 available. cocktails and food for the residents and nightlife hedonists in the area. www.downtowncrownpub.com Be prepared for frequent events like Vintage Bike Night, Vintage Car Night, themed/costumed parties, and of course First Friday. You can visit nearly every day for a different food or drink promotion. Live entertainment will be offered, and don’t be surprised if you see the female (and also male) bartenders and servers in kilts. For the players, there are video poker machines, with food, drink, and player rewards promotions. You can also play pool, test your skill with real steel-tipped darts and outdoor games. For the downtown residents, they will provide a gaming restaurant and bar as a new focal point that will be open 24 hours, and include 62 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine


THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT

Jessica left The Pussycat Dolls in 2010, but wasted no time. She released several singles and collaborations, A SMALL PREVIEW OF THE UPCOMING PRIDE FESTIVAL culminating in her song, “Show Me,” ENTERTAINMENT | VISIT LASVEGASPRIDE.ORG FOR MORE reaching the #1 spot on Billboard’s Dance/Club Play Songs Chart in 2011. By Paul Cieslewicz | Actor, Entertainment Columnist & Critic Since that time she has released many other singles including “Again” (featuring Kemal Golden) and “Lights Out.” Already in 2015 she’s been featured on the #1 Billboard Dance Club Songs track by Dave Aude, “I’m Gonna Get You,” as well as releasing her own single, “Let It Be Love” (featuring Rico Love), from her upcoming debut album, Feline Resurrection. Jessica is extremely passionate about human beings being treated fairly regardless of their gender, race, religion or sexual preference, and has used her voice to promote equality amongst all. She has been a long time supporter of the LGBT community, repeatedly voicing her support of same sex marriage.

Jessica Sutta | Singer, Dancer, Song Writer and Actress

Every year the Las Vegas PRIDE Festival brings in an eclectic mix of talent to entertain the masses, and 2015 will be no exception. What’s interesting about this year’s lineup is how familiar they will be. We’ve got a former Pussycat Doll, a former American Idol favorite, a former Little Rascal, and hosting it all is a decorated military veteran turned jaw-dropping hot model! On with the show!

member of The Pussycat Dolls who went on to become a dance floor diva herself. A native of Miami, FL, Jessica fell in love with music and dance at an early age, studying ballet and becoming a cheerleader for the Miami Heat before even graduating high school. In 2003 she joined The Pussycat Dolls, one of the best selling girl groups of all time, having garnered with the group a Grammy nomination, winning two Billboard Going with a “ladies first” style, the Music Awards, two MTV Video Music first of our three headliners for this Awards and playing for sold out year’s PRIDE is Jessica Sutta, a former audiences around the world. 74 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

Our next headliner comes to us courtesy of American Idol. David Hernandez made it all the way to the Top 12 as a finalist of the seventh season of American Idol before exiting the competition (I still demand a recount!). Born in Phoenix, AZ, to his single mother, Spring Hernandez, he began acting and singing at the age of 6 after his grandfather took him to his first audition for a local theatre company. This led to him singing on cruise ships, performing during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade and even competing in Arizona Idol to secure an audition for American Idol. He lost, though obviously that didn‘t keep him from traveling to San Diego to audition on his own. Since American Idol, David hasn’t stopped, performing on everything from The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Today Show to the Inaugural Kick-Off Celebration ball for President Obama. He just released the single, “WTF,” in July, which he co-wrote and which was produced by Printz Board of The Black Eyed Peas.


It was there that he was approached by a photographer about becoming a model. He’d never considered it before, and thought the photographer was crazy for suggesting it, but Alex relented. His pictures went viral, and suddenly this handsome guy with a gorgeous body covered in tattoos would become an inspiration. His prosthetic leg would never be the focus of his pictures, but would add to the beauty of the subject being photographed.

David Hernandez | Pop Singer and American Idol Finalist

Our final headliner, Blake McIver, started his successful career performing having won the title of Star Search’s Junior Vocalist Champion at the age of 6. He went on to play Derek Boyd, Michelle’s frenemy on Full House for 3 seasons (any chance we’ll see him in Fuller House?). One of his most recognizable roles, though, was playing Waldo Aloysius Johnston III in the 1994 film, The Little Rascals. But like any other child star, Blake had to grow up, and he’s done quite nicely at that too. Just look at his Instagram! He is a graduate of the UCLA school of Theatre, Film and Television. He released his first solo album, The Time Manipulator, in 2014. His newest single, “This Is Who We Are,” a song whose lyrics could easily serve as a theme for the recent marriage equality victory in the US, was just recently released as well. Serving as host for the 2015 Las Vegas PRIDE Festival will be Alex Minsky, a retired Marine corporal turned model. Just weeks into his first tour in Afghanistan in 2009 Alex’s Humvee encountered a roadside bomb that left him critically injured with traumatic brain injuries and the loss of his right leg below the knee. He

was not expected to survive, but he miraculously pulled through after a 47 day coma and 17 months in the hospital. Even though he walked again for the first time at his Purple Heart ceremony, post traumatic stress unfortunately took over Alex’s life. The death of his brother from a heroin overdose sent him into a 23 month depression where he was drunk constantly and got multiple DUIs. He fought back again, beating the alcohol by working out twice a day, six days a week at the gym.

Alex Minsky | U.S. Marine Veteran and International Model

Blake McIver | Pop Singer and Actor

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Dalton Wilson (aka DW) and Bryce Krausman have been best friends for 16+ years and proprietors of DW Bistro, now in it’s 5th year in Southwest Las Vegas. This pair has been serving up brunch even before DW Bistro came to life. From their beginnings as chefs at home, serving up delicious bites and having a good laugh, this joy of entertaining permeates into the walls of DW on a daily basis. DW Bistro is easily one of best gems off the Strip and has been pumping out Jamaican & New Mexican fare, paying homage to Dalton Wilson’s upbringing and culinary training. Bryce Krausman has been manning the door and is the keeper of the Sunday brunch waiting list. Some Sunday’s the list can be rather long, and it’s worth waiting for the ever popular All-Day Mimosa and the Jerk Fried Chicken & Waffles among it’s offerings. And, the pastries are to die for...when one is eating carbs. 88 | Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine

The restaurant dishes up busy lunches and intimate dinners as well, and every few months features a themed brunch ranging from Superheroes to 80’s to Alice in Wonderland. It will pair well with the Las Vegas PRIDE Pajama Brunch event, this year too. Dalton and Bryce are proud of their community and happy to host this event for all clients to share in this annual PRIDE Celebration. Look for their upcoming debut cookbook entitled “Two Brothers: A Culinary Journey of Food & Friendship” due out this Fall and the long awaited opening of their DW Kitchen + Market located in The Gramercy off Russell & the I-215. DW Kitchen + Market will feature a wine bar, full service bakery, floral design and cooking class demonstration kitchen as well as home to specialty retail products the duo plans to sell. DW Kitchen + Market will be opening in late October.


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

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

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Unity Center in the Valley 3037 E. Warm Springs Rd. Las Vegas, NV 89120 (702) 435-3289 unitycenterinthevalley.org

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The community begins to assemble for the Decision Day rally at The Center on June 26. An estimated 400 or more are in attendance to celebrate.

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don’t think any of us quite expected it. June 26, 7 a.m. here on the West Coast and 10 a.m. on the East Coast. We had been holding our breath for weeks, even months, when we heard that Obergefell vs. Hodges would be heard by The Supreme Court—raising the judicial question whether marriage equality should be recognized throughout the land. Then, at that moment, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its sweeping decision in favor of marriage equality across all 50 states of the union. Our community had been jolted. Life has not been the same! As many people as I talked to, they described the occurrence as somewhat surreal. Over and over again, pursed on the lips of many peers was, “I never thought I would ever see this day come.” Then suddenly, in an almost incredulous fashion, the decision was handed down. Could there have been a better moment? After decades of struggle, PRIDE came alive in an entirely new way. We as LGBTQ have achieved a new level of societal recognition. We shall not be the same. The rest of the day seemed like a carnival at The Center. Staff were embracing one another. Everything imaginable with rainbow colors was pulled out of

closets. The media whirred with one interview after the next. The sheer joy at The Center was heartfelt. There were tears and laughter, hugs and high-fives, then more tears and laughter. It was hard to identify the moment. And social media lit up like a rainbow Christmas tree. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many other platforms carried one expression of joy and disbelief after another. There were somber moments, reflective moments, patriotic moments, as well as unwavering commitment to move it all forward. Folks related that they felt “recognized.” They felt “American” for once. One message of joy and hope after the next was spread. This uncanny world of social media will never be the same again. And then, they turned out in the evening—in extraordinary numbers. All came to celebrate. Many came to witness history. They were all present: LGBTQ young and old, in a variety of races and ethnic groups. The sons and daughters of LGBTQ were present. So were allies. It was a family to behold in all its diversity and richness. Many came to remember the past. Others came to savor this moment in history. Still others, so PROUD of what happened to them

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earlier in the day, vowed to expend their efforts to end other forms of discrimination and separation felt by our community. It was a celebration of community. Miriam Webster’s dictionary defines pride as “…a feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people.” Indeed, in one sweeping judgement, a new respect came to our land. Yes, it won’t quiet the detractors or silence the arguments. It won’t erase bigotry or eliminate all the shadows of discrimination and separation. But it brought us a new light for our nation—a light of inclusion. It brought us new recognition and a new respect for LGBTQ. Upon this platform of victory and hope, we will build even further. That weekend because of a few health challenges, I was required to lay a little bit low. And throughout the whole weekend, I witnessed the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision in one of the most colorful and energetic gay PRIDE weekends all throughout the United States. PRIDE New York celebrated! PRIDE San Francisco. PRIDE Chicago and almost every major city across the nation. This was our moment of recognition. Life in these United States will never be the same. It was a PRIDE moment……and then some! q


The Center’s CEO Michael Dimengo welcomes everyone and expresses his joy at the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Shantilly Tuazon, Cameron Catton, Sam Murphy and Phil Flowers lead the singing of the National Anthem.

Nevada Assemblyman Nelson Araujo speaks passionately about setting our sights to the future.

Nevada State Senator David Parks receives a standing ovation as he comes to the stage.

Rally leaders dance on stage as Phil Flowers leads the audience in a celebratory singalong of “We Are Family.”


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2015 Las Vegas PRIDE Event Guide

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