LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Gov. Steve Sisolak on Sunday signed four bills to support LGBTQ rights in Nevada.

Sisolak signed the bills at the Henderson Pride Fest on June 6. The event also celebrated the grand reopening of the Henderson Equality Center, offered free HIV testing and COVID-19 vaccinations.

“Nevada is known as a warm and welcoming place for all– in our State, we celebrate our diversity,” said Sisolak. “I am so grateful to sign legislation to ensure that our LGBTQ+ community feels safe, protected and can continue to grow and flourish in the Silver State.”

Sisolak signed the following bills:

SB 109: requires local governments to collect demographic information related to race, ethnicity, gender identity and gender expression.

SB 237: ensures that Nevada provides equal access and opportunities to help grow LGBTQ-owned businesses.

SB 325: will allow pharmacists to use their expert knowledge to increase access to care to HIV patients, in some cases without a prescription from a healthcare practitioner.

SB 275: repeals a Nevada statute that makes it a felony for someone who has tested positive for HIV to intentionally, knowingly or willfully engage in conduct that is intended or likely to transmit the disease. The law also reestablishes the Advisory Task Force on HIV Exposure Modernization for the 2021-2022 Legislative interim, Sisolak said. 

"Repealing that statute means a person who has contracted HIV and who engaged in such behavior would instead be given a warning as their first offense and, after a second offense, would be guilty of a misdemeanor — a punishment that is consistent with the treatment of other communicable diseases," the group Silver State Equality said in a media release.

Research shows that people living with HIV on effective treatment cannot transmit the virus, the group explained.

“Today, Nevada recognizes HIV as a public health issue, not a criminal one. issue. With his signature, Governor Sisolak has moved Nevada HIV laws into the 21st century by aligning them with modern science, ultimately helping to reduce stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV. When people are no longer penalized for knowing their status, it encourages them to come forward, get tested and get treatment. That’s good for all Nevadans," said Silver State Equality State Director Andre C. Wade. "The HIV epidemic will end not by threatening people with criminal prosecution, but instead, by encouraging people to get tested, and by providing them access to care. Today’s signing is especially great news for Nevada communities of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community, who are disproportionately impacted by HIV.”

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(7) comments

Nevermore

Unless you are born an hermaphrodite, you can't pick what sex you want to be. Your DNA. does not change no matter how many hormones you take.

Nevermore

God created two sexes only. Male and female. You cannot change your DNA. You can go through life pretending something you are not. I don't have a problem with that. I have a problem with you getting in my face with it. You created your own irrational problem. I am not responsible for your lifestyle and I am not going to bend over backwards to accept it.

AmericaFirst

More senseless laws, rules and handouts. Liberalism is a mental disorder.

qwerty123

God did not make a mistake in creating LGBTQ people. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:113-14) Sexual identity and gender identity are components of a person’s personality, and as such are part of who God made each of us to be.

GlWd

No it's not. It's who they CHOOSE to be. GOD did not 'make' LGBTQ people. They made themselves.

qwerty123

All people, including LGBTQ individuals, were created in God’s image: "So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." (Genesis 1:27, NSRV) The use of the two primary genders in this passage is likely a “merism”, a figure of speech by which a single thing (in this case, humanity) is referred to by a phrase that lists several of its parts, but does not list all components. (Similarly, in Genesis 1:1, the universe is referred to as “the heavens and the earth”.) This also indicates that God is not limited to a single gender.

Seanwally4

This governor supports the most sexually immoral people on the planet! NO THANKS!!! Homosexuality is wrong and will never be accepted by all!!! Some are weak minded and give in but not the ones who know its wrong to commit these immoral acts!! Obviously this governor serves the devil himself which is clear! These same sex agenda people push this garbage in our faces everyday and its time we speak out and said No to such filth!!!

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