LGBTQ night at the Las Vegas Wranglers benefiting The Center

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On Friday, Jan, 31, the Las Vegas Wranglers will be holding their first ever LGBTQ night benefiting The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center).

There are discounted $15 tickets available for purchase online via The Center’s website (www.thecenterlv.org) and in-person at The Center (401 S. Maryland Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV 89101).  From each ticket sold, the local nonprofit will receive $5.  Everyone that purchases these tickets will be seated in the same area, so attendees are being encouraged to wear pride apparel.

Additional Iconic Las Vegas Landmarks Join AFAN to Commemorate World AIDS Day Dec. 1

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Additional Iconic Las Vegas Landmarks Join AFAN to Commemorate World AIDS Day Dec. 1

 

Additional Las Vegas landmarks have joined with Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) to show their support in the fight against HIV and AIDS in remembering those who have died and honoring the ones living with HIV/AIDS on World AIDS Day on Sunday, Dec. 1. Caesars Palace, Bally’s, Paris, Harrah’s, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Miracle Mile Shops will all show a special message of support on their LED marquee screens throughout the day, joining City Hall, Keep Memory Alive Event Center, The Venetian and The Palazzo and MEET Las Vegas, all lighting up red.

The day’s events kick off with “Every Piggy Counts Piggy Herding” from 3-6 p.m. at The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) located on 401 S. Maryland Pkwy, followed by a special 20th anniversary screening of the Academy Award-winning movie “Philadelphia” starring Tom Hanks, as part of LGBTQ+, the collaborative effort by AFAN and The Center. Popcorn will be provided and viewers are encouraged to come early to reserve their spot and BYOB – “bring your own blanket.” Following the movie at 6:30 p.m., AFAN will start their annual candlelight memorial walk from the Judy Bayley Theatre at UNLV to the AIDS Memorial Garden located by the Rod Lee Bigelow Health Sciences building. Candles and all necessary items will be provided. There is no cost to attend either event.

The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 and was the first-ever health awareness day to be recognized globally. Today, an estimated 34 million people live with HIV worldwide and AFAN helps approximately 3,500 adults and children in Southern Nevada through direct client service programs, food programs, prevention and education programs and community outreach.

For more information, please visit afanlv.org.

Television Personality Ross Mathews to Receive Qmmunity Advocate Award at The Center’s Annual Honorarium Oct. 19

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TELEVISION PERSONALITY ROSS MATHEWS TO RECEIVE QMMUNITY ADVOCATE AWARD AT THE CENTER’S ANNUAL HONORARIUM OCT. 19

 

Adding to The Center’s most historic year yet, the premier LGBTQ organization in Nevada will present television personality, comedian and author Ross Mathews with the first-ever Qmmunity Advocate Award at the annual Honorarium on Oct. 19 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

“Ross has been an inspiration and a role model to countless people in the LGBTQ community,” said Bob Elkins, CEO of The Center.  “He’s heavily involved with the Human Rights Campaign, has worked at many Pride festivals around the country, and his unapologetic attitude not only put him at the forefront of LGBTQ comedians and television personalities, but shows younger generations that they don’t need to be afraid of who they were born to be.”

Considering The Center’s 20th anniversary occurs just four days before the Honorarium, this year’s event will serve as a massive celebration; a time to commemorate the past achievements, live in the present moment and look forward to future success.  After opening its $4 million Robert L. Forbuss Building in April, hiring a new CEO, seeing a 700 percent increase in youth drop-in attendance, and committing to rapidly and significantly growing all programs and services, Mathews’ involvement is just the most recent testament to how The Center is evolving as one of the community’s most valued resources.

Since 2001, Mathews has traveled the world and established himself as one of the most in-demand television correspondents and hosts in the pop-culture arena today.  Following his television debut as a correspondent for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Mathews has been hard at work being a regular fixture on “Chelsea Lately,” “E! News,” E! Network’s live red carpet awards show coverage, along with many other projects.  His first book, “Man Up: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence,” was released in May 2013 and quickly became a national bestseller.  The book covers topics from his small town life and big city adventures, to overcoming adversity, to being a super fan and now friend of many of the world’s biggest celebrities and much more.

On Sept. 6, 2013, Mathews premiered his own E! talk show, “Hello Ross.”  Creating a forum for pop culture fans to interact, share their opinions and come face to face with their favorite celebrities, “Hello Ross” heralds a new era of television.

Mathews will be in attendance at the Honorarium, joining The Center’s three previously announced honorees including: Barbara Molasky (Person of the Year); Ron Quinn (Volunteer of the Year); and UFC (Corporation of the Year).

For more information about The Center’s Honorarium or to purchase tickets, visit www.thecenterlv.com/honorarium

ABOUT THE GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY CENTER OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada is a community-based organization which supports and promotes activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, its allies, and low to moderate income residents in Southern Nevada.  For more information about The Center, please visit www.thecenterlv.com and stay informed with The Center via FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

The Center Announces Ongoing Partnership with Insert Coin(s)

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The Center Announces Ongoing Partnership with Insert Coin(s)

Downtown interactive nightlife venue partners with The Center for a series of beneficial and educational community events

The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, a community-based organization, is thrilled to announce the beginning of an on-going partnership with downtown neighbor, Insert Coin(s).

Furthering its commitment to serving the local community and contributing to the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas, Insert Coin(s) has committed to hosting fundraising events, donating supplies and games to The Center, and contributing to the educational outreach programming with inspirational lectures and events.

“The video gaming community hasn’t historically created the most accepting spaces for LGBTQ individuals,” said Bob Elkins, CEO of The Center. “Insert Coin(s), however, is one of downtown’s most socially relevant and responsible establishments. Their commitment of time and resources will especially empower our youth, many of whom are avid gamers.”

Kicking off the partnership, Insert Coin(s) will host a night on Thursday October 3, 2013 for invited Center guests and Board of Directors from 8pm – 9:30pm and then to the public from 9:30 pm to close. In addition, the Insert Coin(s) team will make a generous donation of games and consoles to support The Center’s recreational space.

Throughout the rest of 2013, and into the New Year, Insert Coin(s) will be hosting a series of events in support of The Center. Chris LaPorte, Insert Coin(s) founder, will be participating in “The Centerpiece”, an Arts and Culture series thoughtfully assembled for Nevada’s LGBTQ and allied communities. Boasting a broad array of subject matter and artistic medium, each Centerpiece offers a diverse yet accessible glimpse into the compelling and often complex world in which we exist.

“When The Center opened downtown, we knew we had to be involved,” said Chris LaPorte, Insert Coin(s) founder. “We are looking forward to helping and engaging those The Center services in any way possible, and hopefully having a positive impact on their individual futures.”

The Center partnership is one of Insert Coin(s) many community philanthropic endeavors, but will be the interactive venue’s signature ongoing charitable partnership. For more information about Insert Coin(s), visit www.insertcoinslv.com, or for more information about The Center, please visit www.thecenterlv.com.

About The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada is a community-based organization which supports and promotes activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, its allies, and low to moderate income residents in Southern Nevada. For more information about The Center, please visit www.thecenterlv.com and stay informed with The Center via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Insert Coin(s) Videolounge Gamebar:
Nestled in the iconic, neon-laden Fremont East District of Downtown Las Vegas, Insert Coin(s) Videolounge Gamebar features an innovative combination of classic arcades, lounge service, console video gaming and world-renowned DJs. Guests can choose from more than 60 refurbished arcade cabinets in the COIN-OP Corner, including “Tron,” “Frogger,” “Donkey Kong” and “Joust,” as well as 40 video game consoles, ranging from Atari 2600 to Super Nintendo to Xbox 360. Home to thousands of modern and retro games and 44 large HDTV’s, InsertCoin(s) is an ideal venue for videogame tournaments, private parties, corporate events and product launches. For reservations call 702-477-2525. Insert Coin(s) Videolounge Gamebar is located at 512 Fremont Street. For additional information, please visit www.InsertCoinsLV.com, facebook.com/insertcoinslv or twitter.com/insertcoinslv.

The Center Appoints Innovator Bob Elkins as CEO

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THE CENTER APPOINTS INNOVATOR BOB ELKINS AS CEO

Boasting a dynamic range of experience, Elkins is committed to The Center’s trajectory of rapid and significant growth

Ensuring The Center remains a well-tuned engine of advancement for the community, Nevada’s premier LGBTQ organization has appointed a compelling, resolute and spirited Chief Executive Officer: Bob Elkins.

“After months of searching, we are proud to say we have found someone who will not only be a pioneer for The Center, but also for the community at large,” said Raymond Wilmer, President of The Center’s Board of Directors.  “Bob’s professional aptitude could not be more perfectly in tune with our vision, and his heart with our mission.”

Elkins brings a wealth of experience and passion to The Center – from exceptional fundraising and financial skills, to firm knowledge of for-profit and nonprofit organizations, to unbridled fervor for The Center’s role in both the local and national communities.

“For me, this is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said Elkins, who begins work today.  “The Center is on its way to becoming a world-class voice for the LGBTQ community and I’m eager to lead that movement with the highest possible level of character, integrity, trust and respect.”

In his new role, Elkins will continue to engage stakeholders and build long-term relationships based on shared values and perspectives.  He plans to uphold a culture of continuous improvement and inspiration for staff, increase external activations and outreach, and expand upon all programs, services, groups and events held at The Center’s resource-laden Robert L. Forbuss Building.

Prior to joining The Center, Elkins served as the Director of Business Development at AT&T Interactive where he managed the company’s strategic relationships.  Beginning his career in banking with First Chicago in Hong Kong, China, other previous roles include: Senior Engagement Director for Kintera/Blackbaud; Vice President of Business Operations for USSearch.com; Director of Development for Project Inform, the national leader in HIV treatment education, among others.  With persistent and far-reaching nonprofit and volunteer experience starting at the age of 16, Elkins’ breadth of professional knowledge extends far beyond the corporate sector.

Elkins moved from Southern California to Las Vegas in April 2013, when his partner Mark Hoyer accepted a position as the Head of Hair and Make-up for Cirque du Soleil’s production of Zarkana at Aria Resort and Casino.  Since then, Elkins has become entrenched in the local community and looks forward to meeting with as many people as possible while absorbing and developing day-to-day operations at The Center.

 

ABOUT THE GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY CENTER OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada is a community-based organization which supports and promotes activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, its allies, and low to moderate income residents in Southern Nevada.  For more information about The Center, please visit www.thecenterlv.com and stay informed with The Center via FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

The Center Hosts Gay Latino L.A. Film Screening Aug. 10 Followed by Q&A with Star Alex Aldana

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THE CENTER HOSTS GAY LATINO L.A. FILM SCREENING AUG. 10 FOLLOWED BY Q&A WITH STAR ALEX ALDANA

 

The Centerpiece, a queer arts and culture series at The Center, continues on Aug. 10 from 1 – 3 p.m. with a free film screening of the documentary Gay Latino L.A. followed by a Q&A session with one of the film’s three main characters, Alex Aldana.

Gay Latino L.A. is a docu-drama voyaging into the adulthood of three young men dealing with issues of family, machismo, religion, culture and life in Los Angeles. The cast – an immigrant hipster from Mexico, a Berkley graduate and Salvadoran activist, and a Mexican American trying to escape gang life – intimately open up about the obstacles and triumphs in their lives.

The Centerpiece is a series of free arts and culture events thoughtfully assembled for Nevada’s LGBTQ and allied communities. Boasting a broad array of subject matter and artistic medium, each Centerpiece will offer a diverse yet accessible glimpse into the compelling and often complex world in which we exist. The series is rooted in LGBTQ themes, but all events are meant to be enjoyed by the larger community.

For more information on The Centerpiece or The Center, please visit www.thecenterlv.com.

ABOUT THE GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY CENTER OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada is a community-based organization which supports and promotes activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, its allies, and low to moderate income residents in Southern Nevada.