Local NewsBridging the Divide

Actions

Las Vegas celebrates as June is Pride Month

LV Pride Coverage in June FS.png
Posted at 11:27 PM, May 31, 2021

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Annually, the month of June represents Pride Month around the world, yet many wonder why June?

It all started on June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the New York City neighborhood of Greenwich Village.

RELATED: Pride flags explained: Flags take different forms to represent different LGBTQ+ groups

The New York City Police Department had begun raiding known lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) bars and establishments and the LGBTQ community, prominently trans women, started to fight back and stand up to the police for what they felt was unjust treatment. Read more

During the month of June, 13 Action News will present a special Bridging the Divide series that will take an in-depth look into the LGBTQ community's fight for equality.

RELATED: Understanding Non-Binary People: How to Be Respectful and Supportive

Here is the full list of topics that will be included in the series:

HISTORY OF FIGHT FOR GAY RIGHTS PT.1
In part 1 we take a look back at the major milestones in the history of the LGBTQ rights movement and talk about how far equality has come but that there is still a long way to go.

HISTORY OF GAY RIGHTS PT.2
Matthew Shepard was beaten, tortured, and left to die near Laramie, Wyoming in 1998.
His legacy lives on through the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Matt's close friend shares memories of him with KTNV.

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS
Nevada is ranked among the best states when it comes to LGBTQ rights. We will speak with the Human Rights Campaign on how far Nevada has come and what changes still need to be made in the state. We also look at the importance of representation in media.

BLACK QUEER COMMUNITY
Black LGBTQ people face an increased risk of violence and harassment. A new app hopes to help change that. The creator of Lavender Book will speak to us about the issues and solutions.

LEGISLATIVE VICTORIES FOR LGBTQ COMMUNITY
Major victories for the LGBTQ communities in Nevada.
The Nevada Legislature passed a slate of pro-LGBTQ bills in their 120 day session, and at least 5 have been signed into law.

LGBTQ+ IMMIGRANTS
There are dozens of countries where being gay is a criminal offense,so many people seek refuge here in the US.
We share a story of one gay man and how a non-profit helped him get free help.

GAY NIGHTLIFE DURING PANDEMIC
A local gay bar opened and thrived during the pandemic. We find out how they stayed afloat and what's in their future.

RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE LIVE! IS BACK
The pandemic took a hit on the entertainment industry in Las Vegas.
For many LGBTQ performers it was how they made a living.
One of the shows having to go dark was Rupaul's Drag Race LIVE! at the Flamingo.
We talk to the performer in the show about the excitement of being back on stage.

LEGENDS IN CONCERT RETURN TO STAGE
The Las Vegas drag scene is back after being shut down during the pandemic.
Many entertainers had to get creative during the tough times to make a living.
Anchor Tricia Kean went to see Legends in Concert and spend some one-on-one time with the legendary Frank Marino.

OTHER PRIDE MONTH STORIES: