State of The Center

As some of you may have seen, an article was posted today by Las Vegas Weekly that has a lot of people talking and is available by clicking below.

Read LV Weekly Article

We have been asked several times since this has posted if this story is is. We wanted to take time to clear the air and give you some facts about where we are and how you can help! While we posted our response on Facebook, we realize some of you are not on Facebook and felt it important to send out this way. There seems to be a lot of variations of our story based on who you talk to, so here is our story! 
Yes, we were not awarded a sizable grant at the end of 2016 that put us in a large deficit coming into this year. Yes, there were some fundraisers that didn’t take place that we were relying on....and yes, due to all of this we have had to make very difficult decisions about Staff and Center hours of operation.
Since we have made those decisions, we have taken action to protect The Center. We have hired a Development Firm to assist us in our Development Program that needed revitalization. We have appointed a new Executive Director in Andre Wade who is leading The Center with a passion and conviction that is unrivaled. His drive and love for the LGBTQ community in Southern Nevada will continue to help The Center rise to new levels.
The future does NOT look grim but we do need the support of the community, our allies and corporations that have always been there for us.
Your support has already started! Since the publication of the above article, you have donated another $2,000 to our #Proud2B campaign (up another $1,400 since we posted this on Facebook)! We still have a long way to go to hit our $50,000 goal, but we do have some ideas on how you can help! Here is how you can help The Center and our Community:

Donate to The Center

 All of our programming at The Center is free to all, including HIV testing. To keep our programs intact, we need funding. Our main programs are:

  • Qvolution - Youth
  • ACT III - Seniors
  • Identi-T* - Transgender
  • HIV Services

You can also support The Center by attending these events by our community partners:

  • Come out to Real Results Fitness on 7/4 for a $10 work out with all of the proceeds coming to The Center!
  • Eat at any of the 4 Sammy's Woodfired Pizza from July 17-July 21 and show them a flier that we will create soon. 20% of all of the sales for the entire week will come to The Center!
  • Come out to Family BINGO on 7/29 at Alexis Park hosted by LAS VEGAS PRIDE. All proceeds will come to The Center
  • Come out to Equality Day on 7/30 hosted by the Las Vegas 51s Baseball Team, tickets are for sale at The Center for $10 and that money stays with The Center!

We continue to push towards the future because we know the power of this community and the needs of those we serve. We ask for your support, your trust and your help in getting the amazing work we do out to the rest of the community. More important, we ask you to be intolerant of intolerance, to rise up and stand with us. To make your voices heard in this time we are living in. We need each other now more than ever!
We would be remiss to not thank the amazing staff of The Center who through all of the changes, cuts and hurdles have pushed through. Worked countless hours and never asked for a thank you, because they love the community. We would like to thank the Associate Board & Governing Board of The Center for finding new and inventive ways to manage in the grey. Our time in the grey is not for long. Never the less, we persist.
DID YOU KNOW: Last year, we provide over 68,785 units of service to our community. We have hosted 2,407 community meetings, logged 12,086 volunteer hours and provided 391,825 HIV prevention kits.

Last night, KTNV Channel 13 Action News was onsite at The Center to interview Andre Wade and patrons of The Center. Be sure to look for the story on Channel 13!
Share this, invite folks to The Center that haven’t been and help us ensure that The Center is always a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone by pitching in today.
Thank You,
The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors

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Dear Supporter of The Center --

It is with pleasure that we present to you The Center’s 2016 Impact report, which provides a snapshot of the number of people we served through the delivery of our free programs and services to the LGBTQ community and our allies.

This is your “impact” in our community. It is because of your unwavering support — financially, through volunteerism, or by way of partnership — that we are able to touch the lives of thousands of people in Southern Nevada.

The Center and its staff are working so hard every day to provide services to the LGBTQ community that sometimes it is difficult to step back and look at the big picture. But when you add it all up, our “impact” is impressive.

 Click to open the Impact 2016 PDF in a new window.  


André C. Wade

Leadership Change of The Center

The Center is pleased to announce the appointment of André C. Wade as the new Executive Director of The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada.

“We are excited to have André step into the leadership role for The Center” said Wayne Cassard, President of the board. “André’s countless years of service to Southern Nevada show his passion is ignited for bringing The Center to new heights, and we are looking forward to seeing how he can help us grow to reach more people in Southern Nevada.”

André’s most recent role has been as the Director of Operations for The Center where he oversaw daily operations and worked on obtaining grants for our various programs to benefit the lives of members of the LGBTQ community in Southern Nevada. 

“I am excited and honored to have this opportunity to lead The Center at a pivotal moment in its history as we build upon our foundation and look toward new opportunities,” Wade said. “We are going to get right down to business and begin building for a stronger future so that we can better serve the thousands of people who rely on the work and services The Center provides each day.”  

André holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nevada of Las Vegas and has volunteered on several nonprofit boards in Southern Nevada and national advisory boards focusing on LGBTQ issues.

With André’s promotion, The Center would like to thank Michael Dimengo for his tenure as our Chief Executive Officer and accepts his resignation. Michael stated that “Serving in this role under the direction of the Board of Directors has been a privilege of a lifetime. After some much needed relaxation, I look forward to joining The Center in a volunteer capacity in the near future”. Michael brought his own brand of leadership to The Center and we wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.


The Board of Directors
The Gay & Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada