The Center Hosts Marriage Equality Retrospective With Panel Discussion and Photo Exhibit

Jun 1, 2016

The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) will honor the one-year anniversary of nationwide marriage equality with a retrospective discussion at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 17 and photo exhibit on display until July 15.

Director of Operations André C. Wade will moderate a panel discussion featuring three married couples: Senator Kelvin Atkinson and his husband Sherwood (who were engaged onstage at an October 7, 2014 rally at The Center), Aid for AIDS of Nevada’s Executive Director Antioco Carrillo and his husband Theo Small (who received the first marriage license issued to a same-gender couple at the Clark County Marriage License Bureau on October 9, 2014), and Holly Reese and Holly “AJ” Huth (members of The Center’s program staff). Also participating is Nevada State Museum Director Dennis McBride, who will provide historical context. Members of the audience will be engaged to share their thoughts and experiences.

Coinciding with the discussion is an exhibit curated by Las Vegas News Bureau featuring photographs of local same-gender couples who have obtained marriage licenses and wed in Nevada since the Ninth District Court of Appeals overturned Nevada’s same-gender marriage ban in October 2014. Also included are images from rallies held at The Center in 2013 when the Supreme Court overturned the Defense of Marriage Act and in 2015 when the Supreme Court ruled that state-level bans on same-gender marriage are unconstitutional.

The Marriage Equality Retrospective discussion and photo exhibit are made possible through a grant from Nevada Humanities. The event is free of charge and open for the community to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. The photo exhibit may be viewed during all regular business hours of The Center and Bronze Café.