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Change Makers: The DREAMers Who Continue to Stand by the American Dream

Last week, the Trump Administration announced the end of the DACA program that protects DREAMers from deportation. Nevadans across the state reacted with sorrow and outrage. While many DREAMers themselves reacted similarly, we spoke with a few activists who expressed another feeling: determination. They shared with us why they’re determined to continue fighting for the American Dream, regardless of Donald Trump’s threats. (more…)

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Eye of the Storm: Can Congress Pass a Budget and Help for Harvey Victims in 12 Days?

Next Tuesday, Congress returns from its August Recess. From there, Congress only has twelve working days in the Capitol scheduled for September. Obviously, this calendar was devised before Hurricane Harvey. Still, one must ask: How on earth will they be able to pass a budget, advance some sort of “tax reform”, and pass emergency assistance for Harvey victims in such a short amount of time? (more…)

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Opinion: Patriots Betrayed

By Matthew DeFalco Last week began as a normal week for the tens of thousands of LGBTQIA American service members. Until it wasn't. Some woke up in the morning and exercised with their comrades, put on their uniforms with pride, and went to work. Others worked through the night in dangerous combat zones around the world, protecting and defending the rest of us, here in America. And then, something happened that they won't ever forget. (more…)

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Sandoval Dismisses Trump’s Tweets, Keeps in Place Transgender Inclusive Policies for Nevada National Guard

On Thursday, Governor Brian Sandoval (R) announced he will maintain current LGBTQIA inclusive non-discrimination policy for the Nevada National Guard. This comes after President  Donald Trump’s tweets. In a statement released earlier, Sandoval said, “We will serve all of the members of our military as well as they serve us and give them the full respect they have earned. They deserve nothing less.”

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Southern Nevada LGBTQIA Community Remembers Victims of Pulse Shooting, Vows to “Honor Them with Action”

Last night, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada hosted a remembrance vigil for the 49 victims who were killed in the June 12, 2016, attack on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The Pulse attack was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, and one that targeted LGBTQIA Americans. As LGBTQIA Nevadans and allies mourned one year later, they also committed to “honor them with action”. What action is needed? We attended the vigil and spoke with activists…

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Who’s Vouching for What? The Jury’s Out on ESA Vouchers.

In June 2015 Governor Brian Sandoval (R) signed SB 302 into law, establishing the ESA voucher program. Yet within weeks, the program was hit with a court ordered injunction. Since then, the voucher program has been in a legal coma. As Governor Sandoval pushes to revive vouchers, opponents are reminding the Nevada Legislature why they sued in the first place. Today, we speak with those most deeply involved in Lopez v. Schwartz on why they sued and why they oppose…

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Sparks Fly at #NVLeg Assembly Hearing on SB 201 LGBTQ Conversion Therapy Ban

Ever since Senator David Parks (D-Paradise) first introduced SB 353 in 2015, the Nevada Legislature has been in a heated debate over conversion therapy. Should LGBTQ youth be forced to undergo “treatment” to change sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression? Parks is carrying SB 201 this session. And for the first time ever, a conversion therapy bill was heard in the Assembly. (more…)

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Every Voice Matters: Catherine Cortez Masto Opens up at Her Las Vegas Town Hall

Within 36 hours, Nevada had both its U.S. Senators do town halls on both ends of the state. The twist? On Monday, Senator Dean Heller (R) made a rare public appearance in Reno and struggled to provide clear answers to constituents’ questions. On Tuesday, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D) promised more accessibility and transparency during her freewheeling conversation with constituents at Las Vegas City Hall. (more…)