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The LGBTQIA+ Center serves as a haven for all. We welcome and celebrate the diversity of our communities and strive to empower all to live authentic lives.
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Welcome to the LGBTQIA+ Community Center of Southern Nevada
The Center brings together programs, resources, and services to meet the needs of our community and the community around us. We function as the heart and home of the LGBTQIA+ community by making connections, delivering programs, and providing a safe space for health and wellness, social services, arts and culture, advocacy, and community building. Ongoing Center programs support LGBTQIA+ youth, adults, families, seniors, vets, people with disabilities, those living with HIV, and those who are underserved. Additionally, we are proud to offer the Center Advocacy Network, the first nationally accredited program of its kind with a focus on LGBTQIA+ issues for victim advocacy.






The Center Today
The Center brings tougher programs, resources, and services to meet the needs of our community and the community around us. We function as the heart and home of the LGBTQIA+ community by making connections, delivering programs, and providing a safe space for health and wellness, social services, arts and culture, advocacy, and community building. Ongoing Center programs support LGBTQIA+ youth, adults, families, seniors, vets, people with disabilities, those living with HIV, and those who are underserved. Additionally, we are proud to offer the Center Advocacy Network, the first nationally accredited program of its kind with a focus on LGBTQIA+ issues for victim advocacy.
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How We Started
The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) was inspired by the Friday Night Men’s Rap Group at Community Counseling Center in the summer of 1992. By June of 1993 space was purchased on East Sahara Avenue and Articles of Incorporation were submitted to the State of Nevada. Upon approval the first safe public space for the LGBTQIA+ community in Southern Nevada was born. The same year, the Nevada legislature repealed the state’s sodomy law and the Las Vegas gay community rallied to celebrate and dedicate its new Center on October 15, 1993.
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How We Grew
Within a few months of opening, the Center was offering free HIV testing, office space for other LGBTQIA+ organizations, and meeting space for groups in support of our community. In January 1994, the Center sponsored the first annual Man and Woman of the Year Awards, known today as the Honorarium.

By 2002, we had outgrown our space and moved into a 6,000 square-foot storefront in Commercial Center only to move again in June 2006 as membership and community programs continued to grow. This expansion included a computer lab, two large meeting/game rooms, a community room, and Las Vegas’ first LGBTQIA+ library.

In 2007, The Center embarked on a capital campaign to purchase a building that would allow for future growth and increase our scope and outreach. By 2012 the Center achieved this goal purchased a free-standing building at 401 S. Maryland Pkwy. Following a $4 million dollar renovation, the Center hosted its grand opening on April 6, 2013. The building was named in honor of Las Vegas businessman and community philanthropist Robert “Bob” Forbuss.




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Our Team
John Waldron, Ed. D, Chief Executive Officer
Brian Hosier, Chief Operating Officer
Holly Reese, Director of Community Engagement & Advocacy
Mona Lisa Paulo, Director of Clinic & HIV Services

Jeffrey Alvarez, Linkage to Care Coordinator
Donna Fleiz-Barrows, Grants and Compliance Coordinator
Yazmin Castillo, HIV Advocate
Mike Dacken, Facilities Specialist
Danielle Galaudet, CAN Manager
AJ Huth, Youth Program Manager
Kiande Jakada, HIV Advocate
Danial Lane - HIV Advocate
Aariel Lauria - HIV Advocate
Joseph Munoz - HIV Advocate
Jim McCoy, Events Engagement Manager
Nicol McNee, Volunteer & Senior Manager
Miya Morales - HIV Advocate,
Percy Neavez, Youth Resource Specialist
Miguel Pineda, Facilities & Security Manager
Douglas Pleasant , Security
Anna Joy Tanksley - HIV Services Adminstrator
Wynn Tashman - Manager of Inclusive Programming




Our Board
Wayne Cassard - Chairperson
Osen Pogoson - Treasurer
Tim Haughinberry
Wendy Kraft
Michael Mack
Denise McCurry
Ms. Ivana Walborn
Ryn Bartel - Vice Chairperson
Shalom Stephens - Secretary
Matthew Cox
Gavin Goorjian
Kaitlyn Jones
Anne Mazzola
April Thomas
Kangcheng Yin
Associate Board
Lexi Olsen-Lahui - Co-Chairperson
Nansie Quintana - Co-Chairperson
Angela Windberg - Secretary
Kendra Scott




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Our Partners
Agilitec IT, Information Technology Services
Patrick Bozarth, LMFT, Executive Director Affirmations
Bright Star Foundation – Housing
Broadway in the Hood – Youth Programming
ContentGro - Marketing
Cragin & Pike – Benefits
Aniyah Brown – Youth HIV Council
Tom Kovach, DonorBasis – Development
James Magno – Creative Consultant
Rob Phoenix, Huntridge Family Clinic – Medical
Pamela Puppel, Public Relations
ToeShark - Website Development/Support
Kelly Travis, Health & Wellness
Umbrella - Accouting Services
Stacey Wedding, Professionals in Philanthropy – Strategic Planning
Greg Wilken, Esq, Endunamo - Human Resources

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401 S. Maryland Parkway,
Las Vegas, NV 89101
501(c)3 Tax ID #94-3192750
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Lobby Hours:
Monday - Friday: 10AM - 7PM
Saturday/Sunday: Closed

Health Clinic Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 1PM - 6PM
Friday - Saturday: 9AM - 2PM
Sunday: Closed

Contact Us:
Center Phone: (702) 733-9800
24-Hour Toll-Free Crisis Hotline: (833)740-0500
24-Hour Local Crisis Hotline: (702)745-4600

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