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The worst-case scenario on deaths from the COVID-19 virus, according to the New York Times and the Center for Disease Control, was 1.6 million and upwards. Thankfully, most of our state governors have stepped in and mandated preventive measures to slow the rate of infection. Current projections are 80,000 to 200,000 deaths. As I write this, we just passed...
There are certain numbers that we always remember. We remember our birthday, parents’ birthdays and anniversaries just to name a few. I would like to give some more numbers to remember from now through  Nov. 3. These numbers are important because they will remind us what’s at stake in the next election. The numbers to remember are: ► 26 - The...
Edited by ROB SCHLEGEL Publisher, Las Vegas Spectrum Since the mid-1990’s, a group of progressive and civic-minded individuals, has gathered to endorse candidates for various offices up for election. This endeavor started at the Las Vegas Bugle, followed by the Las Vegas Night Beat and now continues with this publication, the Las Vegas Spectrum. These endorsements will be available online at http://LasVegasSpectrum.com and...
Special to the Las Vegas Spectrum The flashpoint for the June 9 Nevada primary isn’t any particular race or ballot measure – that will come in November when President Donald Trump squares off against former Vice President Joe Biden. Instead, it’s a legal fight that will play out until the election is over, and will determine how Nevadans can vote. In...
  Special to Las Vegas Spectrum All of us at The Center send our best wishes to you and your family in the hope you are well and staying safe. We are continuing to experience an unprecedented time that has both challenged us and afforded us all an opportunity to demonstrate our resiliency and our commitment to serve one another. It has...
Silver State Equality is Nevada’s statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization committed to bringing the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies to institutions of power in Nevada and throughout the U.S. to create a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ Nevadans. Given our mission, we are very concerned about Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s proposal...
  “Quarantined & healthy. Available to see clients who are the same.” This ad from a popular escort site, reads like a personal ad from 1985. Love and sex in a time of pandemics is nothing new to the LGBTQ community. Some of the community responses echo the early days of the AIDS crisis – bathhouse closures, criminalization of transmission, stigma against...
The LGBTQA+ community is at greater risk for COVID-19 infection for an entirely preventable reason — tobacco use, according to Malcolm Ahlo, a public health officer with the Southern Nevada Health District. Tobacco use rates are disproportionately higher in the LGBTQA+ community than in the straight community, according to a report from the American Lung Association, “Smoking Out a Deadly...
  Will Rucker is a gay Christian pastor who is a licensed wedding officiant and regularly performs weddings at the MGM properties and at other chapels on and off the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas. Churches had already voluntarily closed their doors, so when casino-resort chapels and the assorted wedding chapels up and down the Strip were closed under order...
Nevadans have until May 15 to enroll in a health plan through Nevada Health Link, the online health insurance marketplace operated by the state’s Silver State Health Insurance Exchange. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Emergency Declaration, which gave Nevadans additional time to enroll through Nevada Health Link, is open to qualified Nevadans who missed the Open Enrollment Period. Nevadans who enroll by...
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