Much Is At Stake for Our Community

Dear Community Members and Allies,

Everything The Center fights for is on the ballot this November. As a gay, immigrant father, I know there has never been a more important vote than the one we will cast on November 8. While The Center cannot endorse any candidate, we can encourage our community to get out and VOTE! We owe it to the leaders who have fought and continue to fight for our rights — Harvey Milk, Alan Turning, The Stonewall Rioters, members of ACT UP, the Human Rights Campaign and The Center’s staff and volunteers — to make our voice heard. Our community is loud and proud, and when we all vote, we have the power to affect the results of the election.

So what is at stake?

The Supreme Court — The person who becomes president will not only hold the most powerful job in the world for the next four to eight years, but the decision he or she makes in appointing the next Supreme Court Justices will have a much longer effect on our community. Currently, the court is evenly split at four conservative voting justices and four liberal. So, the next justice to join the court could tilt the balance either way and sway the court’s decisions to cases dealing with marriage equality and non-discrimination protection.

Transgender Rights — Transgender people still experience high levels of violence, discrimination and economic hardships. It is important to elect candidates who will protect and fight for them. Today, transgender people are barely protected by our federal laws and many states do not even recognize them as a protected class. At both the national and local level, there are candidates who support anti-transgender laws such as North Carolina’s HB2, which denies the right to use restrooms that match a person’s gender identity. It is important to support and defend this underrepresented sector of our community.

Discrimination — We need to support candidates who support the Equality Act, a bill introduced in the House of Representatives that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation. Today there are 32 states that do not have clear, fully-inclusive LGBTQ non-discrimination laws and there are candidates who strongly oppose the Equality Act arguing that the federal government cannot eliminate state-by-state discrimination.

Marriage Equality — While marriage equality is the law of the land, the new president could appoint justices to the Supreme Court who could potentially overturn Obergefell v. Hodges. If so, each state would once again have the right to uphold or deny marriage equality to their residents.  We have come too far and have fought too hard to reverse this historical ruling.

Our vote will determine what kind of nation we will wake up to on November 9. I urge you to support candidates who support and fight for our community and for The Center’s mission. With over 10 million LGBTQ voters, we have the power to define our country’s future. When you go into the ballot box, vote with your conscience and think of members of our community who are still subjected to discrimination. Think of our trans friends who still experience violence and economic hardships simply because of their gender identity. Think of the rights that could be taken away from us because we did not mobilize and do more to elect people who will truly represent us.  

It has been my absolute honor to serve as President of the Board of Directors of The Center over the last two years, and while The Center continues to grow and consistently serve more and more individuals in our community, now more than ever, we have everything at stake on the ballot. VOTE!

Raul Daniels
President of the Board of Directors of The Center

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

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.


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

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.

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.

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


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: