In a recent interview with Brian Hosier, Chief Operating Officer at The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada, the urgent need to support populations affected by anti-LGBTQ legislation was brought to light. The interview, conducted by KLAS Channel 8 News, shed light on the valuable work being done by the Pride Fund in Southern Nevada and its impact on the LGBTQ community.
The Pride Fund, a national fund backed by the Born This Way Foundation and CenterLink, has allocated $250,000 to help organizations like The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada combat the growing wave of discriminatory legislation sweeping across the United States. With Lady Gaga's foundation among its supporters, the Pride Fund aims to protect LGBTQ rights and ensure that everyone can live their lives authentically.
Hosier explained that Southern Nevada is fortunate to reside in a state that is largely supportive of the LGBTQ community. However, the LGBTQ Center continues to face an increasing number of requests for services from individuals residing in states where legislation threatens the rights of LGBTQ individuals based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Recognizing the danger of such laws, the Pride Fund exists to provide resources, programs, and services that empower individuals and guarantee their ability to live authentic lives.
The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada offers a wide array of services. Inclusive programming, trans programs, senior services, advocacy, health and wellness initiatives, and a full-service pharmacy are among the numerous resources available to the LGBTQ community. The center also leads the state in HIV and STD testing, ensuring accessible healthcare for all, regardless of their ability to pay.
The interview emphasized that community support is crucial for the continued success of The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada. Hosier encouraged viewers to contribute in two meaningful ways: through volunteering and financial support. Volunteers play a vital role in the center's operations, enabling them to make a difference in the lives of countless individuals. Additionally, monetary donations go a long way in sustaining the center's programs and services, which are essential for fostering an inclusive and supportive environment.
Hosier expressed his gratitude to allies and partners such as the Born This Way Foundation and CenterLink, recognizing the collaborative efforts needed to address the growing need for LGBTQ support. The fight for LGBTQ rights is ongoing, and the Pride Fund represents a crucial tool in combatting discrimination and effecting meaningful change.
As Hosier aptly stated, "It's a battle, it's certainly not just a war." In order to overcome the challenges faced by the LGBTQ community, it requires the collective efforts of individuals, organizations, and communities working together towards a more inclusive society.
To hear the full interview with Brian Hosier and learn more about the impactful work of The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada, we encourage you to watch the video here:
The Pride Fund's fight for LGBTQ rights in Southern Nevada stands as a testament to the importance of community support. By volunteering time or contributing financially, individuals can make a significant difference in the lives of LGBTQ individuals in need. Let us unite in this battle for equality and create a society where everyone can live their authentic lives without fear or discrimination.