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App profile for the Nevada SafePack app. The app has a large navy blue N and the words Safe pack underneath in blue and gold.
Screenshot taken by Andrew Mendez. Rights to the application are owned by the University of Nevada, Reno.

Update: Wednesday, Sep. 18 11:28 a.m.   Since this story first aired, Marc Johnson, president of the University of Nevada, Reno sent an email to the campus community Tuesday addressing concerns related to white supremacist activity on campus.   "Faculty, staff and students must stand guard against the hateful rhetoric and propaganda that would lead us to believe that our community is fractured. Our power is in standing together," Johnson said in the email.

Mick Hicks

1983 was a tough year for Reno’s LGBTQ+ community.

The AIDS epidemic had reached Nevada. And the Gay Rodeo was facing a stronger threat of violence than in years past. An article from the Reno Evening Gazette said that anonymous telephone calls to Reno’s three main television stations warned that snipers were poised to shoot attendees.

Despite threats on multiple fronts, the event was one of the few times that being openly gay was generally accepted in the Biggest Little City. 

Bree Zender

The the LGBTQ-rights focused nonprofit, Human Rights Campaign, recently released a study concerning how inclusive city policies and services are to folks in the LGBTQ community. The report rates cities around the country on their non-discrimination laws, the municipality as an employer, municipal services, law enforcement and the city leadership's public position on equality.

Jeff Auer is the director of the Nevada LGBTQ Archives. He's dedicated some time to preserving the history of LGBTQ people in Reno. Auer is going to be talking about his research in a public presentation on Sunday. Reno Public Radio's Bree Zender spoke with him about the stories he's preserving.

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UPDATE: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017

Governor Brian Sandoval is directing leaders of the Nevada National Guard to make no modifications to the state's policy regarding whether transgender soldiers and airmen can openly serve.

Acting as commander-in-chief of the state guard, Sandoval says he has requested information on what protections the state can put into place to support individuals already serving.

Nevada currently has one openly transgender service member.

Controversial therapies that are meant to turn young gay people straight could soon be banned in Nevada.

A bill outlawing psychotherapists and social workers from providing what's called "sexual conversion therapy" to patients under 18 could soon make its way to the governor's desk.

Senate Bill 201 was passed by lawmakers in the Assembly, Tuesday after a 31-8 vote.

Speaking in favor of the measure, Assemblywoman Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod of Las Vegas says the controversial therapy has been shown to lead to depression, homelessness and suicide.

Photos: A Look At The Northern Nevada Pride Festival

Jul 24, 2016
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

This weekend, the third annual Northern Nevada Pride Festival took place in Wingfield Park, as part of Artown.

The event kicked off with a parade, and included performances from dance groups, drag queens and live musicians. This year’s headliners were comedienne and drag queen Lady Bunny, and singer Amber.

Photos: Drag Bingo Kicks Off Northern Nevada Pride

Jul 23, 2016
Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy

This weekend, Reno’s newest LGBT community space, Our Center, hosted a couple of unique fundraising events, including Drag Bingo. Reno Public Radio’s Aishwarya Krishnamoorthy was there and has more. 

It’s like regular bingo, except people showed up in drag, wearing high heels and extravagant makeup. Meredith Tanzer is the Vice President of Build Our Center, the initiative to create and run an LGBT community space in Reno. She says this event is one way the center is working toward inclusion.

Northern Nevada Pride kicks off Saturday with a parade and festival downtown. Organizers hope to keep the event positive following the recent Orlando tragedy.

Julia Ritchey

Mourners wept and lit candles at a vigil in Reno Sunday held to honor the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando over the weekend.

Several hundred gathered outside Our Center, the newly opened LGBT community space for Northern Nevada.

Among those who spoke was Mayor Hillary Schieve.

"Right now, it is just having that moment of silence, really remembering the victims, showing that this is a community that's strong and resilient," she said. "But it's important for Reno to do this to show support nationwide."

LGBT Community Center Opens In Northern Nevada

May 2, 2016
Julia Ritchey

A new community center catering to Northern Nevada's Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual population is now open in Midtown Reno.

The grand opening of Our Center brought out hundreds of people this weekend to Wells Avenue for food trucks, games and live music.

The nonprofit group behind it has been working since 2009 to raise the funds to launch a dedicated space for LGBT education, advocacy and support services. Jeromy Manke is president of Our Center.

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Before And After 'I Do': What's Next For Same-Sex Couples

Aug 28, 2015
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With the legalization of same-sex marriage, some economists think Nevada’s weddings business could grow by roughly $30 million a year. But the wedding industry itself has been slow to react to this change and gay couples are still fighting for social acceptance. Reno Public Radio’s Esther Ciammachilli looks at what same-sex couples in Washoe County can look forward to before and after they say “I do.”    

Kathy Baldock

Kathy Baldock is an Evangelical Christian who advocates on behalf of the LGBT community for equality and acceptance in conservative Christian churches. Her new book, “Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach between the Church and the LGBT Community” details the rocky history of homosexuality in America, how the Bible is used as a tool for exclusion, and what she and her colleagues are doing to change this conversation. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli sat down with Baldock to learn more. 

David Parks

Therapies that are meant to turn young gay people straight could soon be banned in Nevada. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports.

Democratic Senator David Parks is sponsoring a bill that would outlaw psychotherapists and social workers from providing what's called "sexual conversion therapy" to patients under 18. He says the practice is unethical and unscientific. Ron Lawrence, a marriage and family therapist in Las Vegas, agrees.

Mormon Church: "Love and Accept" LGBT Members, Community

Jan 12, 2015

Same-sex marriage is now legal in 35 states, including Nevada, Utah and Idaho. All are strongholds of the Mormon Church – long an opponent of gay rights. But, Mormons are now attempting to show more acceptance of gay people both in - and out - of the Church.

In 2012, the Mormon Church launched a new website called mormonsandgays.org.  It outlines the Church’s new perspective on same-sex attraction and features several video testimonies from members.