We Need To Talk About Being Queer in Las Vegas April 9

UNLV Libraries and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs will host "We Need To Talk About Being Queer in Las Vegas," a discussion on how anti-trans, anti-drag and book banning legislation has impacted life in Las Vegas. A diverse panel of experts will share their experiences on LGBTQ+ life and discuss issues the queer community is facing.

“We Need to Talk About Being Queer in Las Vegas,” will be held Tuesday, April 9, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Greenspun Hall Auditorium. It will also be livestreamed by UNLV-TV at  www.library.unlv.edu/weneedtotalk.

This discussion is part of the series: “We Need To Talk: Conversations on Racism for a More Resilient Las Vegas.” The series is live-streamed by UNLV TV. We Need To Talk was created in 2020 by the UNLV Libraries and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs to foster discussions and seek solutions for a more inclusive society.

The guest host is Kevin Sebastian, Teaching & Learning Librarian for Online Education, UNLV Libraries.


  • Antioco Carrillo (‘00 & ‘03, Social Work), Executive Director, Aid for AIDS of Nevada
  • Laura Hernandez, Director of Your and Senior Programs, The LGBTQIA+ Center of Southern Nevada
  • AJ Huth, Director of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement, The LGBTQIA+ Center of Southern Nevada
  • Dennis McBride (‘77 & ‘82), Las Vegas Queer Historian
  • Lukas Serrano, HIV Patient Manager, The LGBTQIA+ Center of Southern Nevada

This discussion is also being co-sponsored by the LGBTQIA+ Center of Southern Nevada.

Interactive Art Activity: The Identity Center, a traveling, socially-engaged vibrant art activity created by artist and activist Denise R. Duarte, will be on display in the Greenspun Hall Lobby from 1-4:30 p.m. The interactive activity is designed to provide affirmation within the LGBTQ+ population while encouraging the general (cisgender and straight) population exploration of the spectrum of humanity's existence, hopefully leading to acceptance coupled with compassion.

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