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January 19, 2018

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Joe Downtown: Lounge steps up to support LGBTQ community

A downtown lounge that found success by going with a concept few had considered is now partnering with The Center to help the agency’s efforts on behalf of the LGBTQ community downtown.

Insert Coin(s), a “videolounge gamebar” on east Fremont Street, has committed to hosting fundraisers and donating supplies and games to The Center, in addition to programming lectures and events on the center’s behalf.

The Center describes itself as supporting “the well-being, positive image and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, its allies and low to moderate income residents.”

Chris LaPorte, Insert Coin(s) founder, said today he wants to do something to help a community that often gets overlooked.

“They have soccer fields in Summerlin but what do they have for young, gay teens going through what might be the most trying time of their life?” he said, adding that The Center provides at least one place for kids to congregate and find support. “If downtown is truly a downtown, then we need to support a multi-cultural environment.”

Bob Elkins, The Center CEO, called Insert Coin(s) “one of downtown’s most socially relevant and responsible establishments. Their commitment of time and resources will especially empower our youth, many of whom are avid gamers.”

The first event the partnership will host is a night for invited guests from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 3. The bar will be open to the public at 9:30 p.m. The lounge also will donate games and consoles to The Center’s recreation area.

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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