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Panel Discussion: Protecting and Preserving LGBT History in Las Vegas

By Michael Yunkin on September 11, 2015 2:03 PM | Permalink

Thursday, October 1st
Panel Discussion: 4-5:30 p.m.
Connect with Campus and Community Resources: 5:30-6:00 p.m.
Goldfield Room, 3rd Floor, Lied Library
Refreshments will be served

While the legalization of same-sex marriage in Nevada in 2014 was a significant milestone for LGBT rights in the Silver State, the LGBT community has long faced struggles in Las Vegas which was a far more conservative place than its Sin City moniker would suggest.

Many of the community's struggles and triumphs are documented in the collections and oral histories that form the LGBT Archives in the UNLV Libraries Special Collections Division.

Join us for an enlightening afternoon as three panelists discuss the history of LGBT life in Las Vegas and the role of activism in transforming the LGBT community. University Libraries LGBT Collections Curator Su Kim Chung will discuss the origins of the LGBT Archives in the UNLV Libraries and its important role in preserving the history and voices of the LGBT community.

UNLV alum and Las Vegas native Dennis McBride is a historian, author, and long-time activist in the LGBT community. Renowned for his knowledge of Hoover Dam history, McBride was also instrumental in conducting oral histories of LGBT community members, and documenting their history. His work established the LGBT collecting initiative in the UNLV Libraries. He is Director of the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas.

UNLV alum Ron Lawrence is founder and Executive Director of the Community Counseling Center in Las Vegas which recently celebrated 25 years of providing quality and affordable mental health care services for those with mental health issues, substance abuse problems and HIV/AIDS. Lawrence has been an advocate for the Las Vegas LGBT community since his arrival from Pittsburgh, PA in 1979.

Jodie Gerson has advanced degrees in community clinical psychology as well as marriage, family, and child therapy. She has worked as a counselor with various mental health agencies in the Las Vegas Valley, and has been an advocate for the local LGBTQI community for thirteen years. In particular, Gerson has acted as a advocate for the homeless in the LGBTQI community with an emphasis on the needs of the transgender population.

After the panel discussion, connect with campus and community resources.

For more information, please contact:

Su Kim Chung
University Libraries LGBT Collections Curator
Head of Special Collections Public Service

Rosan Mitola
University Libraries
Outreach Librarian