THE CENTER: STANDING STRONG IN A TIME OF NEED

Dear Supporter of The Center --

It is with pleasure that we present to you The Center’s 2016 Impact report, which provides a snapshot of the number of people we served through the delivery of our free programs and services to the LGBTQ community and our allies.

This is your “impact” in our community. It is because of your unwavering support — financially, through volunteerism, or by way of partnership — that we are able to touch the lives of thousands of people in Southern Nevada.

The Center and its staff are working so hard every day to provide services to the LGBTQ community that sometimes it is difficult to step back and look at the big picture. But when you add it all up, our “impact” is impressive.

 Click to open the Impact 2016 PDF in a new window.  

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André C. Wade
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

Leadership Change of The Center

The Center is pleased to announce the appointment of André C. Wade as the new Executive Director of The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada.

“We are excited to have André step into the leadership role for The Center” said Wayne Cassard, President of the board. “André’s countless years of service to Southern Nevada show his passion is ignited for bringing The Center to new heights, and we are looking forward to seeing how he can help us grow to reach more people in Southern Nevada.”

André’s most recent role has been as the Director of Operations for The Center where he oversaw daily operations and worked on obtaining grants for our various programs to benefit the lives of members of the LGBTQ community in Southern Nevada. 

“I am excited and honored to have this opportunity to lead The Center at a pivotal moment in its history as we build upon our foundation and look toward new opportunities,” Wade said. “We are going to get right down to business and begin building for a stronger future so that we can better serve the thousands of people who rely on the work and services The Center provides each day.”  

André holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nevada of Las Vegas and has volunteered on several nonprofit boards in Southern Nevada and national advisory boards focusing on LGBTQ issues.

With André’s promotion, The Center would like to thank Michael Dimengo for his tenure as our Chief Executive Officer and accepts his resignation. Michael stated that “Serving in this role under the direction of the Board of Directors has been a privilege of a lifetime. After some much needed relaxation, I look forward to joining The Center in a volunteer capacity in the near future”. Michael brought his own brand of leadership to The Center and we wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.

Sincerely, 

The Board of Directors
The Gay & Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada

Make a Difference, Support The Center on #GivingTuesday

Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. The Center is participating in #GivingTuesday and needs your support to continue to bring about real change in the lives of LGBTQ individuals in Southern Nevada who depend on necessary programs and services.

We're inspired each day by the stories of our LGBTQ community, volunteers and countless others who have been affected in a positive way by The Center. We invite you to join the movement this Tuesday, November 29. Give today and encourage others to pay it forward - thecenterlv.org/giving.

THREE WAYS TO GIVE 

Online at thecenterlv.org/giving

Using Snapchat: add TheCenterLV, open a chat, then tap "$" and a dollar amount to send. 

Come by The Center, 10am - 10pm on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

 

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