The Strutt Hurley Collection on the Southern Nevada Pride Association, Inc. (SNAPI) and Las Vegas Pride (1989-2000) contains materials collected and produced by Strutt Hurley during her tenure as Director of Entertainment of SNAPI. Materials include meeting minutes, advertising contracts, Las Vegas Pride programs, and ephemera collected from Pride celebrations in Las Vegas, Nevada and other parts of the United States and the world.
Collection is open for research.
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The Strutt Hurley Collection on the Southern Nevada Association of Pride, Inc. (SNAPI) and Las Vegas Gay Pride focuses primarily on the preparation and advertising for Las Vegas Pride celebrations from 1996 to 1998. The materials were collected and created by Strutt Hurley during her tenure as Director of Entertainment of SNAPI. Memorabilia from various Gay Pride events that occured in the United States and Europe between 1989 and 2000 accompany the collection, including jewelry, T-shirts, and buttons. The memorabilia also covers other LGBT related issues, including HIV/AIDS, the AIDS Walk in Nevada, and National Coming Out Day.
The first Gay Pride Parade in Las Vegas, Nevada was held in 1983. Gay Pride had a rocky start in Las Vegas due to the combination of poor community organization, lack of funds, and the AIDS epidemic. Starting in 1987, Las Vegas Gay Pride became an annual event that grew every year. The Las Vegas Lesbian and Gay Pride Association (LVLGPA) formed in 1992 to officially coordinate the planning of Las Vegas Gay Pride. The group changed its identity again in 1995 and incorporated into the Southern Nevada Pride Association, Inc. (SNAPI). Since the mid-1990s, SNAPI can boast several achievements in terms of its event planning. In 1996, the organization successfully persuaded a major Strip hotel and casino to become a sponsor of Gay Pride and has continued growing its sponsor list every year. It currently remains the sole organizer of Las Vegas Gay Pride.
"A Brief History,"
Strutt Hurley moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1993 with the goal of helping the Las Vegas Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. From 1996 to 1997, she served as the Director of Entertainment of the Southern Nevada Association of Pride, Inc. (SNAPI), the organization responsible for Las Vegas Pride. Her most famous accomplishment while in this position was bringing Cyndi Lauper to Las Vegas as the Grand Marshall of the 1997 Gay Pride Parade. Hurley was also active in other organizations like Reach Out, the Nevada Gay Rodeo Association, and Aid for AIDS Nevada. Because of her activism and community involvement, she was named one of the 100 women who helped shape Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Museum of Art.
"30 People with Pride: Strutt Hurley, Volunteer Extraordinaire,"
Materials are arranged in rough chronological order.
The vinyl 1998 National Coming Out Day Banner (48 x 57 inch) is missing as of October 3, 2017.
Strutt Hurley Collection on the Southern Nevada Association of Pride, Inc. (SNAPI) and Las Vegas Gay Pride, 1989-2000. MS-00466. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Materials were donated in 2003 by Strutt Hurley via Dennis McBride; accession number 2003-06.
Materials were processed by Special Collections Staff. In 2015, as part of a legacy finding aid conversion project, Franklin Howard revised and enhanced the collection description to bring it into compliance with current professional standards. In 2017, Angela Moor added the description of additional items.