The Center is the hub for the Las Vegas LGBTQ+ community and offers a variety of activities and services. Here is a roundup of some of them.
Southern Nevada Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society
This is a new group launched at The Center in November. The Southern Nevada Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society (SNAPIQS) is a community supporting LGBTQ+ individuals of Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American descent in Southern Nevada. SNAPIQS held their inaugural event at The Center with a great turnout of enthusiastic individuals excited to serve the community. The group offers education, awareness, advocacy and social/cultural activities. See snapiqs.com for more information.
Springs Preserve Día de Muertos
The Center is working to strengthen its connection with the Latin community. For the first time, it participated in Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) at Springs Preserve. The Center’s altar was called “Angels on the Front Line,” and was in honor of beloved leaders who fought for LGBTQ+ civil and equal rights.
The honorees pictured in the altar included political leader Harvey Milk, trans and gender-nonconforming activist Sylvia Rivera, activist and Stonewall leader Marsha P. Johnson, Mexican public personality and trans activist Francis Garcia, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, and The Center’s beloved Arlene Cooper.
Hundreds of residents from the Las Vegas Latin community visited The Center’s altar and were grateful to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community.
Trans Day of Remembrance
Trans Day of Remembrance was held at The Center on Nov. 22 to honor the memory of transgender people whose lives tragically ended due to acts of anti-transgender violence.
Trans Day of Remembrance is an opportunity to draw attention to the fact that transphobia is a daily reality in the trans and gender diversity community. It far too often leads to lives lost, especially among trans women of color. The Center management has said it stands with the trans community in honoring the memories of those lost, and in working in the community to fight for the dignity, respect and safety of transgender and gender-non-conforming residents.
Big Valley Wrestling
Professional wrestlers from the local Big Valley Wrestling organization reached out in support of The Center to hold a Nov. 16 fundraiser called Wrestling Against Graffiti. The wrestlers said they were outraged by the recent vandalism at The Center and wanted to offer support of the entire LGBTQ+ community in Southern Nevada.
Trunk or Treat
The Center held its annual Trunk or Treat Halloween event. This year’s event was themed Scaryland Darkway Community volunteers filled The Center parking lot with trunks full of candy for more than 300 neighborhood kids and children from all over the valley. There was a bounce house and a petting zoo.
The annual Youth Thanksgiving was held Nov. 14 at The Center was another success thanks to the volunteers who generously give of their time, support and service to provide LGBTQ+ youth an opportunity to give thanks and break bread with one another.
Mental health services are now offered at The Center through a joint venture with Community Counseling Center. An on-site therapist serves individual and group clients. LGBTQ+ Affirmative counseling is offered through Affirmations with an emphasis on promoting a supportive and compassionate environment that affirms participants’ individual sexual and gender identity. For more information, contact 702-369-8700.
The Wellness Clinic
The Center’s Wellness clinic will be closed for remodeling during December in advance of expanded services to the community. Starting in January, the Southern Nevada Health District will be expanding its partnership with The Center and will have staff on-site managing the wellness clinic while increasing services and available hours for testing. Additional initiatives include launching health services beyond testing, including an on-site pharmacy. The Center will have more information as the wellness clinic reopens Jan. 6.