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Mar 9, 2017

You’re locked in a dank, windowless room. A keypad next to the door will let you into the next room, bringing you one step closer to freedom — if only you could figure out the code. Seconds are clicking away on a bright red clock on the wall.

Mar 3, 2017

In the alphabet soup of sexual identity – L, G, B, T and so on – one letter sometimes gets left out: I. "I" stands for intersex.

Jan 4, 2017

Dylann Roof has chosen to represent himself during the sentencing phase of his trial. As he awaits his fate, what are white supremacist organizations saying about him?

Dec 22, 2016

In 1985, an Afghan girl with piercing green eyes stared into the world’s soul from the cover of National Geographic in an iconic and mesmerizing photo.

Oct 26, 2016

If you’ve never heard of intersex, you aren’t alone.

A few weeks ago a colleague and I were at a popular Las Vegas bar attending a drag show fundraiser for a local nonprofit gender and sexual rights organization. In between drag show performances, the host, who introduced herself as a “drag queen,” kept encouraging the 35 or so people in attendance to purchase more raffle tickets to raise money for Nevada’s gender variant community.

Aug 16, 2016

A campus of homeless services, a place for people living on the street to store belongings, and a mental health hub are some of the ideas being floated to curb chronic homelessness in downtown Las Vegas.

Jul 19, 2016

The past several decades have welcomed a new voice in the controversial topic of sex work — sex-positive sex workers. They claim their experiences are consensual, positive and pleasurable. They enjoy getting paid for sex and are tired of getting negative attention.

Jun 13, 2016

New Year’s Eve? Meh. National Finals Rodeo? Pffft. The Consumer Electronics Show? Whatever.

Apr 11, 2016

Getting the most bang for your buck just doesn’t cut it in today’s world of harlotry. Now, customers want to buy affection, too.

Apr 8, 2016

The dorm room I’m standing in is tastefully decorated, with vibrant canvasses adorning the cinderblock walls and a plush green couch across from a flat-screen TV. There’s no felt, glow-in-the-dark Bob Marley poster under a black light. No lava lamp. Because this isn’t your typical college student’s digs. It’s UNLV sociology professor Georgiann Davis’ suite inside the school’s Tonopah Complex residence hall. Davis is the first participant in UNLV’s professor-in-residence program, which launched last fall and embeds a faculty member in a student dormitory with the aim of boosting student engagement. We chatted with Davis about her unique experience

Mar 21, 2016

Chelsea Lane was a freshman at Reed, the esteemed liberal-arts college in Portland, Oregon, when she first became ­interested in sex work. Someone in her humanities class had a Tumblr about being a prostitute, prompting a lively debate among fellow students over whether they could ever sell their bodies. “I started reading sex workers’ blogs,” Lane explains. The women behind the blogs sounded confident, financially secure. “And within Reed, it was like, ‘That’s cool. That’s edgy.’ ”

Jan 20, 2016

The 2012 film Eden distills all of our culture’s fears about underage sex trafficking into a single nightmare narrative. It shows dozens of young girls kidnapped from high school, forced into prostitution, and then murdered when they get too old for their dissipated clientele. Immoral, heartless criminals preying on innocent, attractive cissexual girls: This is a trafficking story that resonates.

Jan 15, 2016

Larimer County residents who died by suicide in 2015 largely reinforce national data that pinpoint a few key groups as more vulnerable than others.

Dec 27, 2015

The Las Vegas Strip, flanked by towering hotel-casinos, is a 4-mile stretch of near-constant movement, jammed with cars, buses, taxis and mobile billboards rolling alongside scores of pedestrians.

Dec 16, 2015

For all that investigators have learned about the San Bernardino terrorist attack, a mystery persists: How did Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik—a couple with an infant, an American family, and, in the father’s case, a reputation as an easygoing colleague—maintain a hidden life as terrorists-to-be? Who did they deceive and how?

Nov 19, 2015

In the area of 1 in 2,000 people are born intersex. These individuals may have mixed genitalia, meaning some combination of ovaries and testes. This comes about either because ovarian and testicular tissue grow together in the same organ or because a "male side" and a "female side" develop in the body.

Oct 26, 2015

When news broke that former Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom was found unconscious at the Love Ranch brothel, it raised a lot of questions about prostitution in Nevada.

Oct 15, 2015

Nevada’s licensed brothels, many of which have struggled financially since the recession, face a more uncertain future after former NBA and reality TV star Lamar Odom was found unconscious in one on Tuesday.