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Filling the Pothole: Nevada Gears up for Recreational Marijuana Sales

This Saturday, the State of Nevada will begin allowing sales of recreational marijuana. After voters passed Question 2 to legalize it, the state moved quickly to put the regulatory and tax infrastructure in place. But in the eleventh hour, a district court ruling threatened to leave it all up in smoke. How did the state overcome this final legal hurdle, and what lies ahead in this brave new world of legal pot? (more…)

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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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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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Power to the People: Notes on Democracy Reform and Latinx Citizen Lobby Day at the Nevada Legislature

Monday featured not one, but multiple citizen lobby days in the Nevada Legislature. Firefighters, Latinx activists, and campaign finance reform activists all made their voices heard inside and outside the Legislative Building. I followed along with groups from Democracy Day and Latinx Lobby Day. Here’s what happened. (more…)

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Three LGBTQ Civil Rights Bills Advance in Nevada Legislature

While this is Women’s Week in the Nevada Legislature, we’re also seeing movement on LGBTQ civil rights. The Senate passed a bill yesterday to ease the name change process for transgender Nevadans. And today, the Assembly passed a foster care bill and a constitutional amendment to protect Nevada’s marriage equality. Which bill passed unanimously, and which two mostly passed along party lines? (more…)

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LGBTQ Civil Rights in #NVLeg, a Conversation with Nelson Araujo

From 2009 to 2013, the Nevada Legislature made significant strides in advancing LGBTQ equality. Comprehensive domestic partnerships became law in 2009. Transgender inclusive nondiscrimination bills became law in 2011 and 2013, including a trans* inclusive workplace equality law in 2011. But in the 2015 session, LGBTQ civil rights activists were instead on the defense. So what can civil rights activists expect this session? (more…)