Volunteer Registration Now Open for United Way of Southern Nevada’s Day of Caring on September 29

 

Volunteer Registration Now Open for United Way of Southern Nevada’s Day of Caring on September 29

$60,000 to be split among nonprofits & schools to celebrate United Way of Southern Nevada’s 60th Anniversary

 Volunteers can now register at uwsn.org/caring for United Way of Southern Nevada’s Day of Caring on Friday, September 29, 2017, Southern Nevada’s largest one-day community-wide volunteer event dedicated to improving people’s lives.

The second annual Day of Caring will bring together 1,700 volunteers to complete more than 170 projects at more than 60 local nonprofit agencies and schools.

Projects include a variety of activities including painting school playgrounds and classrooms, graffiti removal, landscaping, building benches, reading to students, assembling food backpacks and park clean up. Volunteers can work either a half day (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or a full day (10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – includes lunch).

This year, to celebrate United Way of Southern Nevada’s 60th Anniversary serving Southern Nevada, $60,000 will be split among participating nonprofits and schools to boost the volunteer efforts.

“By joining together, united, for one day we can make a tremendous impact on the place where we all live and work,” said Chris Cappas, United Way of Southern Nevada Vice President of Volunteer Engagement and Human Resources. “Day of Caring is an easy, fulfilling and fun way to help these schools and nonprofits complete projects that might not otherwise get done.”

Participating nonprofits include: Spread the Word Nevada, Volunteers in Medicine, Candlelighters, Immunize Nevada, Leaders in Training, Nathan Adelson Hospice, Opportunity Village, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Project 150, Boys & Girls Club of Southern Nevada, YMCA, Clean the World, Future Smiles, Green Our Planet, Habitat for Humanity, Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada, The Center, The Salvation Army of Southern Nevada, The Shade Tree, Outside Las Vegas Foundation, Hearts Alive Village, Helping Hands of Vegas Valley, Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada, Three Square, Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada, The Tortoise Group, Vegas PBS, and US Vets.

Participating schools include: Basic HS, Vassiliadis ES, Chaparral HS, Cheyenne HS, Wengert ES, Dean Petersen ES, Robison MS, Desert Rose HS, Lunt ES, Stuckey ES, Futuro Academy, Hewetson ES, Hollingsworth ES, Hummel ES, Ullom ES, Scott ES, Bridger MS, Thorpe ES, Dooley ES, Josh Stevens ES, Dearing ES, Lowman ES, Manch ES, Rundle ES, Robert Taylor ES, Gibson MS, Rowe ES, The Marzano Academy at Heard ES, Newton ES, Bracken STEAM Academy, Long STEAM Academy, Ferron ES, and Woodbury MS.

All volunteers will be invited to the kick off at “The Green” at Town Square Las Vegas from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 29 before day of volunteering begins. Volunteers can enjoy breakfast, a free t-shirt, sponsorship recognition, networking opportunities, and the ability to collectively celebrate volunteerism.

2017 Day of Caring Premier Sponsors: Caesars Entertainment, Carl’s Jr., Nevada Volunteers, Golden Knights, Wells Fargo. Visionary Sponsors: Amerigroup, Greenspun Media Group, Korte Company, Oakland Raiders, Station Casinos. Legacy Sponsors: International Market Centers, National Security Technologies, Nevada State College, Red 7 Communications, The Simmons Group, Sitel. Champion Sponsors: Cragin & Pike, Golden Nugget, Robert Half, Mountains Edge Hospital.

About United Way of Southern Nevada

United Way of Southern Nevada unites our community to improve people’s lives. We bring donors, volunteers, nonprofits, and businesses together to support children and families from cradle-to-career and provide the foundation for a stronger community for all. We provide early education opportunities to help children enter school ready to learn, help high school students reach graduation day, and support individuals working to earn a degree or certification, all while creating stability for their families. For 60 years, we’ve worked to create a community where everyone can succeed, and we invite you to join us at uwsn.org.

The Center celebrates one year downtown and 20 years in the community April 12

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On Saturday, April 12, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) will host a free community event to celebrate their first full year at the Robert L. Forbuss building in downtown Las Vegas along with 20 years of service to the Southern Nevada community. The festivities will include tours of The Center, raffle prizes, free HIV / STD testing, an expo featuring the nonprofit’s groups and community organizations, food tastings by Bronze Café, guest speakers and performances, a State of The Center address from CEO Bob Elkins and much more.

 

Basic event information
HOMECOMING: Celebrating One Year in the Neighborhood and 20 Years in the Community
The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
401 S. Maryland Parkway Las Vegas, NV 89101

About The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada:
In 2014, The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) celebrates 20 years as a community-based organization supporting and promoting activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image, and human rights of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, its allies, and low to moderate income residents in Southern Nevada.

 

For more information, call 702-733-9800 or visit www.TheCenterLV.org. Keep up with the latest news and updates on The Center via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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.

The Center Welcomes Genderqueer Musician Chris Pureka for Final Performance in The Centerpiece – Free Event

THE CENTER WELCOMES GENDERQUEER MUSICIAN CHRIS PUREKA FOR FINAL PERFORMANCE IN THE CENTERPIECE

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To finish off The Center’s inaugural season of The Centerpiece, a queer arts & culture series, genderqueer musician Chris Pureka will take the stage on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. for a free show open to the public.

Pureka, who has shared stages with the likes of The Lumineers and Ani DiFranco, is an established musician whose latest release – Chimera II – is an expression of transition.  The name refers to a three-headed creature of Greek mythology.  It’s also a scientific term describing an organism derived from two genetically distinct types of cells.  Pureka’s life, built on independence and intimacy, translates stunningly to her music.

Currently wrapping up its first season, The Centerpiece is a thoughtfully assembled queer arts & culture series 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 winter/spring season of The Centerpiece, kicking off in December with a distinguished lineup of performers, will be announced soon.   

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.  For more information about The Center, please visit www.thecenterlv.com and stay informed with The Center via FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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 and QVolution Present Pride Youth Talent Show at Rain Nightclub Sept. 5 with Entertainment Industry Panel of Judges

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THE CENTER AND QVOLUTION PRESENT
PRIDE YOUTH TALENT SHOW AT RAIN NIGHTCLUB SEPTEMBER 5
WITH ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY PANEL OF JUDGES

Integrated workshops scheduled Aug. 29 – Sept. 4 to provide long-term skills in the business of entertainment

 

Amping up the annual event to an unprecedented level, The Center’s QVolution youth programs will host PYT (a Pride Youth Talent show) at Rain Nightclub on Sept. 5 from 7 – 9 p.m. hosted by Hot 97.5 personality Mia Amor and local LGBTQ socialite Johnny Espinosa.  Workshops are scheduled the week leading up to PYT, helping youth hone their creative skills and gain valuable insight from working professionals at no cost.

Featuring a diverse range of talent from singers, rappers and dancers to poets, animators and filmmakers, PYT will provide local youth with the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of a distinguished panel of judges and live audience.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three acts – $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place.  Youth who wish to register for the show can submit a form at www.thecenterlv.com/youthtalent now through Wednesday, Aug. 28.  Registration is free and open to local youth ages 13-24.

The judges, who will also run a number of the workshops, include Emmy award-nominated animator and filmmaker Professor Ashanti Miller (Sesame Street, Space Jam, D2Comics); multi-platinum producer and musical director Antwan “Amadeus” Thompson (Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Trey Songz, Chris Brown, 50 Cent); BET theme song writer and singer Tiffany Myñon (Keyshia Cole’s “Family First,” Talib Kweli, N.E.R.D.S.); MC and producer G.L.A.M. (Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Real World DC, Tap Tap Revolution); and multi-platinum MC and multi-media CEO Nailah “Nic Nac” Lemees (Ice Cube, Pete Rock, American Music Awards).

From Aug. 29 – Sept. 4, participating youth will have the unique chance to practice their performances with the aforementioned judges and other industry talent through a variety of workshops taking place at The Center.  These workshops have been designed to provide local youth with significant access to professionals in the entertainment industry and a better understanding of the business acumen it takes to succeed with their talents in the workforce.  While not all workshops are mandatory to participate in PYT, all youth are encouraged to take advantage of these no-cost opportunities.

The workshop schedule is as follows:

Animators and Filmmakers
Thursday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.
Professor Ashanti Miller will assist all entrants in this category.  Any animators and filmmakers wishing to participate in PYT must attend this workshop.

 

Singers
Monday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.
Tiffany Myñon will be on hand to coach all singers for the talent show.  No a cappella singers will be allowed to perform.  Singers must come prepared with background music on a CD, flash drive or in an MP3 format.  However, this workshop is not mandatory to perform in PYT.

 

Songwriters
Monday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award winner Felicia R. Jefferson (Pink, Vanessa Williams, LL Cool J) will help all songwriters hone their skills.  Songwriters must attend the workshop to be entered for prize consideration.

 

Dancers and Thespians
Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.
A representative from Poor Richard’s Players and dancer Angeleaque Raulston will be available to assist dancers and theatrical performers.  This is not a mandatory workshop.

 

Music Production and Technology
Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.
For those wishing to refine their music production and related music technology skills, they can participate in this workshop with Antwan Thompson.  All music producers must attend this workshop to be considered for prize consideration.

 

Rappers and Poets
Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.
Both Nailah Lemees and G.L.A.M. will train all rappers, poets and hip hop artists in preparation for PYT.  Youth are encouraged to attend this workshop, but it is not mandatory for prize consideration.

 

PYT will be a free, all-ages show open to the whole community.  For more information on PYT, the workshops or registration, please visit www.thecenterlv.com/youthtalent.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

New Arts & Culture Series The Centerpiece Kicks Off First Event with “STILL BLACK: A Portrait of Black Transmen” Documentary Screening

NEW ARTS & CULTURE SERIES THE CENTERPIECE KICKS OFF FIRST EVENT WITH STILL BLACK: A PORTRAIT OF BLACK TRANSMEN DOCUMENTARY SCREENING

Director Kortney Ryan Ziegler hosting Q&A following the screening on June 29

 

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The Centerpiece, a queer arts and culture series, will make its Downtown Las Vegas debut at The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) on June 29 from 1 – 3 p.m. with a screening of the documentary STILL BLACK: a portrait of black transmen and a Q&A with director Kortney Ryan Ziegler.

Brought to life by the stories of six diverse transmen, Ziegler has created a documentary weaving together themes of love, family, passing and sex. In the award-winning STILL BLACK, viewers are welcomed with vivid discussions and each man brings a colorful and intricate richness as they describe their relationships with themselves as well as others in their lives.

The Centerpiece, launching its inaugural season for the STILL BLACK screening on June 29, 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.

 

Golden Rainbow, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical and The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada Partner in Honor of HIV Testing Awareness Day, June 27

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GOLDEN RAINBOW, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL AND
THE GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY CENTER OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
PARTNER IN HONOR OF HIV TESTING AWARENESS DAY, JUNE 27
HIV/AIDS nonprofit and Las Vegas Strip production offer free tickets to patrons who receive HIV test

 

What: HIV/AIDS nonprofit Golden Rainbow partners with Las Vegas production Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical and The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) to promote National HIV Testing Awareness Day on Thursday, June 27. Patrons who participate in The Center’s free HIV testing will receive one complimentary ticket to Golden Rainbow’s 27th “Ribbon of Life” spectacular at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, June 30 or Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical at The Venetian Las Vegas. This initiative furthers Golden Rainbow’s mission to raise awareness and educate the public on HIV/AIDS.

When: Thursday, June 27
10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free testing / Interview opportunities with The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada’s HIV Prevention Director Joshua Montgomery
Noon – 2 p.m. Interview opportunities with Golden Rainbow’s Executive Director Lea Carrasco-Zanini

Where: The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
401 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Details: Patrons who participate in The Center’s free testing have a choice of one ticket to Golden Rainbow’s 27th annual “Ribbon of Life” spectacular at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, June 30 or Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical at The Venetian Las Vegas. Tickets are first come, first serve.

“Ribbon of Life” is one of the largest HIV/AIDS fundraisers in the state of Nevada and Golden Rainbow’s main source of revenue. The fundraising spectacular is unlike any other production in the city and features some of the best performers from premier shows on the Las Vegas Strip. Showcasing new numbers and talent, each year’s audience is always surprised, thrilled and inspired by the performances that are exclusive to the event. Tickets for Golden Rainbow’s 27th annual “Ribbon of Life” fundraising production are still available for purchase at goldenrainbow.org, The Smith Center Box Office, thesmithcenter.com, ticketmaster.com or by calling 702-749-2000.

 

About Golden Rainbow
Golden Rainbow is a nonprofit organization that provides housing and direct financial assistance to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. Founded by members of the entertainment industry in 1987, Golden Rainbow is committed to serving the HIV/AIDS community through fundraisers like Ribbon of Life and HIV/AIDS related education. For more information, visit www.goldenrainbow.org or call 702.384.2899.
Follow Golden Rainbow on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and updates.

 

About Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical
Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical stars Wade McCollum (“Tick/Mitzi”), Scott Willis (“Bernadette”) and Bryan West (“Adam/Felicia”) as the trio of friends, on a road trip of a lifetime, who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed. Joe Hart stars as “Bob.” With more than 500 dazzling 2011 Tony® Award-winning costumes, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical features a hit parade of more than 20 dance-floor favorites including “It’s Raining Men,” “Finally,” “I Will Survive,” “Material Girl,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Like a Prayer,” and many others. Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical opened on Broadway to critical acclaim on March 20, 2011, at the Palace Theatre. The Hollywood Reporter called Priscilla, “Funny and fabulous! Joyous entertainment with eye-popping visuals and unexpected heart!” NY-1 News raved, “Beneath all that glitz beats a great big sequined heart!” WOR Radio sang, “All the songs you’ve loved for years will blow you out of your seat!”

 

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 on The Center, visit www.thecenterlv.com.

Follow The Center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Divas Who Dine: Early Bird Pricing Until June 1!

 
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Purchase your package: www.thecenterlv.com/priscilla
 
EARLY BIRD PRICING UNTIL JUNE 1
PURCHASE YOUR PACKAGE NOW!
 
All Aboard To:
Divas Who Dine
 
The Center is proud to present Divas Who Dine on Saturday, June 22, in partnership with Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical, showing at The Venetian for a limited-engagement June 18 – August 18.
 
Guest-hosted by local personality Carla Rea of KKLZ, the event will include dinner in The Center’s new event hall, round-trip transportation to and from the show on the vibrant Priscilla-themed deuce bus, and an after party at Drink & Drag with members of the Priscilla cast!
 
We’ll also give away a room stay at The Venetian with a dinner for two at Rockhouse, plus much more – so what’re you waiting for? Purchase your Divas Who Dine package now and join us for an unforgettable evening supporting The Center!
 
Full event with Rear Parterre Seating at show: $220
Full event with Diva Seating at show: $250
 
You must be 21 or older to attend this event.
 
To purchase your early bird packages now, visit www.thecenterlv.com/priscilla
 
 

Photos/Recap: The Center Hosts Marriage Equality Event at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ Pop-Up Wedding Chapel

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Last night (Thursday, May 2), The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas held an event at the resorts Pop-Up Wedding Chapel consisting of 36 LGBTQ and straight ally couples having commitment, vow renewal and faux ceremonies in support of marriage equality.

Before the event, The Cosmopolitan announced a generous donation of $50,000 to The Center, which recently opened its new facility to better serve the local community through a variety of efforts including social and support groups for all ages, cultural and diversity trainings, free HIV and STD testing and much more. This donation announcement was just the most recent demonstration in The Cosmopolitan’s history of supporting The Center since the resort opened its doors in December 2010.

Given the recent passage of SJR13 by the Nevada Senate, a bill that would allow for marriage equality statewide, The Center and The Cosmopolitan kept momentum going yesterday by hosting this spirited and often moving event. For three hours, all 36 couples read vows reflecting a powerful message of solidarity for an equal and just future. While none of the ceremonies were legally binding, each represented a unique perspective and were a testament to the cultural shift in attitudes about marriage equality.