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Russ Taylor, in a homophobic, racist and sexist video rant, may have drawn the attention of the Nevada Gaming Control Board for his alleged hidden ownership of the FreeZone, a nightclub that caters to the LGBTQ+ community Paul Curtin (P.J.) Brazier, who is the sole owner of record on the gaming license, contradicts Taylor’s ownership claim and in a Facebook...
Special to Las Vegas Spectrum This year’s Pride Month converges with a different movement: #BlackLivesMatter. Pride month is a time for the LGBTQ+ community to reflect on how far we’ve come since the Stonewall Riot of June 29, 1969, which was the result of Black, Latinx, Asian and white gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people rebuking  police harassment, raids and...
Las Vegas physician Jerry Cade is a well-known pioneer of AIDS medicine. He also is a longtime advocate for LGBTQ+ health care in the valley. The Las Vegas Spectrum asked him about how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting our community and how we can stay safe. Q: We know the pandemic shut down the entire Las Vegas Valley. It is...
Exactly what “defund police” means is a matter of discussion. Whatever happens, it must, at a minimum, include extreme reform. We have seen too many videos that range from total disrespect to brutality to murder. Years ago, we wrote an editorial, citing a Rand Corp. public policy that found for every $1 spent on education, $3 was saved in the...
Vegas Urban Pride and Las Vegas Pride are hosting a commemorative silent  march to support of the Black Lives Matter movement and to honor the Stonewall Riots from 6 pm-8:30 pm June 27. Participants are asked to wear red shirts to represent sorrow for the lives lost to police brutality around the nation. The goal through the silent march is...
Known for speaking so soft and so powerfully for women, elders, POC, LGBTQ—for those who are with us and those no longer here—the beauty and longing of Lance Smith’s images detonate. A graduate of UNLV’s BFA program, Smith has conducted workshops on drawing and memory as a community teaching artist with the Marjorie Barrick Museum and Sprat Teaching Artists...
ARIES (March 21 - April 19) July will present marvelous opportunities for new beginnings, rebirth of your energy and the profound conception of an idea that propels you forward. Do not look backward unless it will benefit you in some way, (as in calling in a favor or reminding someone that they need to pay you back). Keep your options open...
Bill Burdsal, a resident of Las Vegas from 1990 until 2000, passed away on Saturday, June 20 at the age of 85. Bill had worked as an administrator in the record business before retiring to Las Vegas. Bill was a past president of the Las Vegas Men’s Club and his husband, Michael Wirick, was active in the Las Vegas Pride...
A Rememberance of Life celebration was held for Roberta “Bobbi” Miller at Affirming God's People UCC Church on Tuesday, June 23. Bobbi, born Jan. 26, 1946, passed on June 23, 2020. Entertainment was provided by the Transgenerations, which was Roberta's band for some years. About 20 of her friends attended to give her a proper sendoff. Submitted by Samanta Palaggi
The We Deserve to Live: Black People Matter Rally, March & Candlelight Vigil was held Friday, June 5 at Kianga Isoke Palacio Park on the historic west side of Las Vegas. An estimated 6,000 citizens showed up for the peaceful protest and candle light vigil. Event organizer Stretch Sanders plans to host PART 2, focusing on legislation to protect...
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