Cox Communications Donates $10,000 to The Center to Advance Its Mission

The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada is pleased to accept a generous gift of $10,000 from Cox Communications, the area’s leading provider of digital cable television and telecommunications services. Cox Communications, as part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, is a long-standing sponsor of The Center. This cash contribution will be used to provide services and programs to advance the well-being of the LGBTQ community.

Michael Dimengo, CEO of The Center, said, “On the wall here at The Center, patrons everyday can see that Cox Communications truly ‘powers our building.’ Indeed, they do! Through the wonders of Cox’s technology, the thousands of patrons who use the David Bohnett CyberCenter (located at The Center) have access to the internet — which opens up new opportunities for them, such as job searches and training. Cox Communications is our technology partner that supports every activity of The Center.”

“We are grateful for their generosity and support, which is truly motivated by a profound respect for diversity that translates into a respect and collaboration with the LGBTQ community. We could not be more grateful for Cox’s corporate partnership.”

In August 2016, Cox Charities Las Vegas, the grant-giving arm of Cox Communications, also awarded The Center with a $5,000 grant for its arts and culture programming. At The Center’s 22nd Annual Honorarium in October 2016, Cox Communications was honored as Corporation of the Year.


Pictured, left to right:
Cox Communications’ Director of Public and Community Relations Stephanie Stallworth
The Center’s Chief Executive Officer Michael Dimengo
The Center’s Development Manager Cory Sadler
Cox Communications’ Manager of Cox Business Inside Retention Sales Joseph Oddo

November Center Events

 

Love Is All You Need?
Film Screening and Q&A

Friday, November 4 • 7 p.m. • The Center

Love Is All You Need? is a Romeo and Juliet story set in a world where homosexuality is considered normal, heterosexuality is taboo, and heterophobia runs rampant. The film has won numerous festival awards across the world and is based on the 19-minute short film of the same name, which went viral in 2014 garnering over 40 million views. Love Is All You Need? stars Briana Evigan, Tyler Blackburn, Emily Osment, Elisabeth Röhm, Jeremy Sisto and Ana Ortiz. This screening at The Center will be followed by a special Q&A with director K. Rocco Shields and members of the cast, crew and other VIP guests. Tickets are $10 each and benefit The Center’s programs and services for the LGBTQ community. Buy tickets at liayn-lasvegas.eventbrite.com.

The Age of Aqueerius
Senior Prom

Saturday, November 5 • 6-9 p.m. • The Center
The Center’s ACT III (Aging Communities Together) program presents its second annual senior prom for members of the LGBTQ community ages 50 and greater. Attendees of this groovy, 1960s-themed prom are asked to come dressed for the decade. Food and drinks will be served, and a crown and sash will be awarded to those who are voted as King and Queen of the Prom. Admission is $10 at the door.

Campout

November 10–13 • St. George, Utah
The Center’s Identi-T* program for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals will be holding a camping trip for transgender men Nov. 10–13 in St. George, Utah. The fee to attend is $15 per person, which includes food. Register online at http://www.thecenterlv.org/campout.

Art in Full Bloom
“A Disco Celebration of Colors”

Friday, November 11 • 4-9 p.m.
Mayesh Las Vegas (3950 W. Diablo Dr., Ste. B11, Las Vegas, NV 89118)
Art in Full Bloom, which began as a simple open house for Mayesh Wholesale Florist, has grown into an eclectic mix of flora, art and fun. This year’s event serves as a fundraiser for The Center. Local artists will exhibit and sell their vividly colorful works at the event, each complemented by a floral creation. Attendees are encouraged to participate with flamboyant costumes and are asked to make a donation to The Center upon entrance, purchase art, buy raffle tickets and bid on the silent auction. www.mayesh.com/?s=art+in+full+bloom

LGBTQ Career Fair

Monday, November 14; 1 to 4 p.m. • The Center
The Center will host an LGBTQ Career Fair showcasing numerous local corporations and small businesses eager to share information about their companies and available open positions. Companies present at the career fair have demonstrated ongoing support of the human rights of the LGBTQ community and will provide a welcoming, equal workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees. The career fair is free and open to the public. www.thecenterlv.org/careerfair

From This Day Forward
Film Screening

Friday, November 18 • 6 p.m. • The Center
From This Day Forward is a moving portrayal of an American family coping with one of the most intimate of transformations. When director Sharon Shattuck’s father came out as transgender and changed her name to Trisha, Sharon was in the awkward throes of middle school. Her father’s transition to female was difficult for her straight-identified mother, Marcia, to accept, but her parents stayed together. As the Shattucks reunite to plan Sharon’s wedding, she seeks a deeper understanding of how her parents’ marriage survived the radical changes that threatened to tear them apart. The screening is free and open to the public.

Youth Thanksgiving Dinner

Monday, November 21 • 6-9 p.m. • The Center
A popular annual tradition at The Center, the QVolution youth program will host a free buffet-style Thanksgiving meal for LGBTQ and allied youth ages 13 to 24 to enjoy with their chosen family and friends. Dozens of home-cooked holiday dishes, including vegetarian and vegan options, are donated from The Center’s supporters, and numerous community members over the age of 24 volunteer their time to host and serve. To donate food or volunteer, sign up at www.volunteersignup.org/W47JE.

 

How to be a Trans Ally

People often ask me how to be a better ally to the transgender and gender non-conforming communities. The first thing I tell them is try to put yourself in the shoes of a trans or gender non-conforming (GNC) individual. Imagine that the body you were born in is betraying you every day. Imagine the feeling that you were born in the wrong skin. Imagine looking in the mirror every day and seeing the wrong person looking back at you.

That being said, there are some easy solutions to how to be a better ally to us:

Survey says LGB youth need our protection

Accelerated action is needed to protect the health and wellbeing of our lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) youth, according to study results just released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Findings from the report, Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12, show that LGB students experience physical and sexual violence and bullying at much higher levels than their straight peers.

The CDC discovered that LGB youth are significantly more likely to report:

  • Being forced to have sex (18% LGB vs. 5% straight)
  • Sexual dating violence (23% LGB vs. 9% straight)
  • Physical dating violence (18% LGB vs. 8% straight)
  • Being bullied at school (34% LGB vs. 19% straight)
  • Being bulled online (28% LGB vs. 14% straight)