The LGBTQ Community Could Decide the Direction of the Country in Las Vegas, NV

Oct 19, 2010, 07:04 ET from Working Families Win

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Las Vegas may be awash with ruthless and annoying TV ads, but for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community, the stakes are too high to sit out this election.

Since early voting began on October 16th and continues until October 29th, Working Families Win (WFW) is hosting its first Gay (LGBTQ) out the Early Vote Party, where they expect to reach out to at least 2,000 LGBTQ and allies. The party and calls will begin at 5pm. A karaoke celebration will follow beginning at 9pm at the Crews 'N Bar located at 1000 E. Sahara Ave across from the Commercial Center.

"For queer persons, voting is the doorway to greater dignity and justice.  These basic queer values must be included in the larger discourse.  When we vote as queer persons we support these values of dignity and justice; by voting we offer them as a gift to our communities and our world," said Jane Heenan, a counselor and community leader in Las Vegas. 

With an estimate of over 250,000 LGBTQ citizens living in the Las Vegas area, the LGBTQ community is paying close attention to the Senatorial race between Senator Harry Reid and challenger Sharron Angle. Each candidate offers the LGBTQ community a particularly distinct view of what may be in store for their economic security, safety, and rights as each candidate has presented their philosophies about gay marriage, Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT), domestic partnership benefits, and the moral character of the LGBTQ community in general.

  • Senator Harry Reid supports a full repeal of the discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, whereas Sharron Angle stated in this Tuesday's debate that she believes in waiting for further military review.

  • Sharron Angle opposes adding sexual orientation as a protected minority whereas Senator Harry Reid voted to add sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes.

The candidates' positions on LGBTQ issues are extremely important to examine this election season, especially given the recent and tragic reports of LGBTQ suicides and bullying across the country. In an election where every vote counts, the LGBTQ community is making sure their votes do exactly that – and early.

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