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Anti-LGBT Legislation in Nevada Threatens Jobs, Economy and Minorities

Stephen Peters | HRC Blog | March 19, 2015

Today, HRC sounded the alarm on anti-LGBT legislation in Nevada – SB272 in the Senate and AB277 in the Assembly – that threatens jobs, the state economy, and undermines the state’s civil rights laws. The legislation would allow people to use their religion to challenge or opt out of various laws, including state and local laws, that protect LGBT people and other minorities from discrimination.

“This legislation undermines the enforcement of state non-discrimination protections and will expose Nevada business owners to a wave of lawsuits,” said HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse. “It has the potential to cause serious harm to the business climate in the state, putting jobs at risk, and making major corporations think twice about investing in the state. To put it simply, this legislation threatens Nevada’s strong pro-business reputation.”

The legislation will bring harmful and unintended consequences to those who call Nevada home, inviting costly legal challenges and making the Silver State unwelcoming to both residents and visitors. Nearly 500,000 jobs and 29% of the state’s employment is a direct result of tourism to Nevada. Jeopardizing the state’s standing as one of the greatest places for people to live and visit, the harm this bill may cause doesn’t end with the LGBT community: an evangelical police officer could feel empowered to refuse to patrol a Jewish street festival; a city clerk could shirk the law and refuse a marriage license to an interracial couple, a divorcee seeking to remarry, or a lesbian couple; an EMT could claim the law is on his side after refusing service to a dying transgender person in the street; and the enforcement of other key sections of state civil rights law could be dramatically undermined.

Major corporations have spoken out strongly against similar bills in other states. In response to one such anti-LGBT bill threatening economic growth and business in Arkansas, both Apple and Wal-Mart spoke out in opposition to precisely this kind of legislation. And Wal-Mart and Apple are not alone. Last year, major multinational corporations including American Airlines, Marriott, PetSmart and many other companies came out against a similar bill in Arizona, concerned about how it would hurt their business and risk millions in economic activity if it became law.

The bill puts all state non-discrimination laws at risk of being undermined. It threatens not just the LGBT community, but women, members of minority faiths and other minority classes.

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Nevada: Voters To Decide In 2016 On Statewide Measure Regulating Marijuana Sales

NORML | March 20, 2015

Carson City, NV: Nevada voters will decide next November on ballot language that seeks to regulate the licensed production and retail sale of cannabis to adults. Lawmakers had until late last week to act on the initiative petition, filed by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), but failed to do so – thus placing the measure on the 2016 electoral ballot.

Proponents of the measure, “The Initiative to Tax and Regulate Marijuana,” turned in over 200,000 signatures from registered Nevada voters in December to qualify it for the ballot.

The ballot language permits adults to possess and grow personal use quantities of cannabis (up to one ounce and/or six plants) for non-commercial purposes. The measure also regulates and taxes the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis.

It states, “The People of the State of Nevada find and declare that the use of marijuana should be legal for persons 21 years of age or older, and its cultivation and sale should be regulated similar to other businesses.”

Similar ballot measures are likely to be decided in 2016 in several other states, including Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Missouri.

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Las Vegas Events

Las Vegas Pete | january 18, 2015
JUST ANNOUNCED – for an optional $5, we will be providing a continuous shuttle bus to/from PRIDE’S Bingo Night on Wednesday, May 6th – this is their 9th continuous year and everyone always has a blast. Registration badge required.

Join Las Vegas PRIDE at the wonderful Alexis Park All-Suite Resort at 375 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89169 for what promises to be a wild and crazy night. Las Vegas PRIDE Family Bingo begins at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month.

Bingo packets (11 games including cover all) are $10 at the door. Raffle tickets are 10 for $5.00.
The theme for May’s bingo is – TRAILER TRASH BINGO – see attached flyer.

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This is our Spring  2015  FUNDRAISER:
The net proceeds from this event goes toward our “Affordable Housing for SENIOR Gay Men” project.
Our goal is $10,000  –  we are about 30% there – come join the cause (and have some fun too).

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At the end of December, we started assigning hotel room numbers for the guys who have already registered. This means your room will be real close to the Hospitality Suite and where the action is. The Tuscany Suites Hotel covers over 27 acres of beautifully landscaped  gardens, but some of the buildings are far away from the main attractions.

The deadline for the $65 discounted fee is January 31, 2014 (postmarked)
We are ahead of where we expected, so it looks like we will have a great turnout.

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Our Goal Is To Have Guys From All 50 States Represented –
These are the states & countries we have attending so far.
1.  Arizona
2.  California
3.  Florida
4.  Massachusetts
5.  Michigan
6.  New Mexico
7.  Nevada
8.  Ohio
9.  Oklahoma
10.  Oregon
11.  Pennsylvania
12.  Tennessee
13.  Texas
14.  Wyoming
A.  United Kingdom

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If you are looking for a roommate or a traveling companion for the Fun Festival, check out the “GUIDE” section of BearWWW.

Older Seeking Older – Older Seeking Younger – Younger Seeking Older – Younger Seeking Younger –
You name it – we will have it. This will be a “Friends with Benefits” 4 day event.

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We will have a good variety of seminars lined up for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday:
a.  Self Defense for Seniors – in 2 parts
b.  HIV / AIDS by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)
c.  Book Arthur Lance Taubold – “On Two Fronts”
d.  Quit Smoking & Staying Quit
e.  Speed Meating (back by popular request)
f.  Affordable Housing for Senior GLBT Community
g.  Tour of Affordable Senior GLBT Community
more to come –

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Dear Friends,

OMG – we are having such a great response – this will be a good one.
January 31st is the deadline to sign up for our 4 days for $65 registration.

We are VERY excited to tell you about our upcoming Las Vegas May 2015 Fun Festival at the VERY bear & gay friendly Tuscany Suites Hotel & Casino. Located on 27 beautiful acres, with 719 very large suites with an attached casino & several restaurants.

PLEASE NOTE:  You do NOT have to be a New Horizons Nevada member to attend –
all interested guys 21+ years of age are eligible to register and attend.
This will be a “FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS” type of event. Come find your love or just mess around some.

Click on the link below for our Website with details:   (then click on the EVENTS button)

We ask for your assistance. If you are planning to attend, please register early. We have structured the pricing so that early registrations get a nice discount. This will help us greatly in making decisions about how to make 2015 the best Fun Festival ever. We welcome you to Las Vegas and hope you have a fantastic time while you are here.

See attachments for registration form and more information.

Ala Carte Registration is available for those who cannot spend the entire time with us.


If you want to pay by credit card, let us know – We will send you a PayPal Invoice, or you can pay online at our website.
NOTE: There is a $2 PayPal credit card processing fee for this type of payment.

The Tuscany Suites Hotel is our Host Hotel (near the heart of the Las Vegas STRIP).
Located at 255 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV  89169 – free parking everywhere.

HOTEL ROOM RESERVATIONS  –  Call directly – Tuscany Suites Hotel (all suites)  –
phone # – (877) 887-2261(877) 887-2261 –  Use Code:  “New Horizons Nevada – 1 3 R 3 U 7”
Standard suite rates for May 3-6, 2015 are $55 for Sun – Thur; $104 for Fri – Sat.
(plus taxes, of course) – (NO resort fees here) – (FREE Wi-Fi in every room).

DO NOT make reservations through a 3rd party – call Tuscany directly, or online –
phone # – (877) 887-2261(877) 887-2261 –  Use Code:  “New Horizons Nevada – 1 3 R 3 U 7”

Go to the below website address for more details about Tuscany Suits Hotel & Casino:

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Big Hugs from Vegas

Pete & Loren
New Horizons Nevada
702-706-0306702-706-0306 (you will need to leave a message)

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Working to build a Gay Living District in the 89123 zip – Pete & Loren can help with your real estate needs. Proceeds go toward our affordable 55+ gay housing community.

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Guess How Much America’s War Against Isis Costs Every Single Day?

AFP | AlterNet | October 28, 2014

The Pentagon has revised its estimate of the cost of the US air war in Iraq and Syria, saying the price tag for the campaign against the Islamic State group comes to about $8.3 million a day.

Since air strikes began on August 8, the campaign — which has involved about 6,600 sorties by US and allied aircraft — has cost $580 million, said Pentagon spokesman Commander Bill Urban.

The Defense Department had previously put the average daily cost of the military operation at more than $7 million a day.

The higher figure reflected the increased pace of air strikes and related flights, a defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

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Las Vegas Wedding Chapel Owner Says She Won’t Marry Gay Couples

On Top Magazine | October 23, 2014

An owner of a wedding chapel in Las Vegas says she won’t marry gay and lesbian couples.

Dolly Deleon, owner of the Vegas Wed Chapel, told Nevada Public Radio that her wedding chapel was a business, but added that the quick implementation of a ruling striking down the state’s ban on gay marriage surprised her. It should be noted that Nevada officials stopped defending the state’s ban in February.

“You have a business, I mean, it is a business, it is not a church. Shouldn’t your services be available to all customers with the ability to pay?” Deleon, a non-denominational Christian minister, was asked.

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