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Smart Pages dedicated to Sen. Dave Parks Thank you to the man who has led our community since the early days of the AIDS crisis and spearheaded many legislative changes to enhance equality for LGBTQ citizens. This page is normally reserved for our friend and Lambda member, Senator David Parks. Usually, he writes a “welcome” letter. He's been a little busy with the legislature meeting, so I'm writing it for him. Who could have imagined nearly 30 years ago when being accused of being gay could cost your livelihood that David Parks, a retired Air Force Captain would tackle the new scourge known as AIDS. Who could have imagined that this same man would be the first openly gay elected official? First to the Nevada State Assembly and later to the Senate? While our community is eternally grateful to former Nevada State Senator Lori Lipman Brown for getting Nevada's notorious “sodomy law” repealed in 1993, Parks has been at the forefront of every LGBTQ-positive legislative change since first being elected in 1996. It is with respect and gratitude that the Lambda Business Association dedicates this issue of the Lambda Smart Pages to Senator David Parks. Thank you for a job well done from your friends at the LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce. Thank you for changing Nevada for the better. We are so proud of you. Lambda has seven current Chamber members who hold elected positions. We thank each of them for continuing to support our LGBTQ owned and allied businesses, along with our social and non-profit organizations. Rob Schlegel Lambda Business Association Directory Chairperson lLAMBDA B U S I N E S S A S S O C I A T I O N Lambda Smart Pages q 2017-2018 q 7 Senator David Parks addresses the “Decision Day” rally at The Center on June 26, 2015. SENATOR PAT SPEARMAN U.S. REP. DINA TITUS DISTRICT JUDGE ERIC JOHNSON ASSEMBLYMAN NELSON ARAUJO DISTRICT JUDGE JOSEPH HARDY, JR CLARK COUNTY COMM. CHRIS GIUNCHIGLIANI Dave Parks Smart Pages 2017-18.indd 7 6/4/2017 12:57:33 PM


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