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Rainbow of Hope comes to Harrah’s

Life as a teenager is stressful enough, but add being gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual to the equation and things get a whole lot more complicated. No matter which side of the debate you are on when it comes to whether one chooses to be a GLTB individual or it is chosen for them, it is not an easy road to navigate. Being “different” never is.

Nonetheless, that road is easier to negotiate compared to generations past. An incredible sense of hope envelopes today’s young people. It is that hope that will be on stage during the second annual A Rainbow of Hope from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 2 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. A Rainbow of Hope is the signature event during Ascent – The Winter Party at Lake Tahoe. Ascent is a charitable eight-day gay-lesbian ski week from Feb. 26-March 5, based at the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.

Representatives from several of the eight beneficiaries will be on hand that evening to convey the message of hope. These beneficiaries were chosen by the Lake Tahoe Gay Lesbian Foundation (sponsors of A Rainbow of Hope) for their commitment to GLTB causes and youth in general. They are Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), The Matthew Shepard Foundation, The Point Foundation, Sierra Foothills AIDS Foundation, Sierra Recovery Center, South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, Tahoe Arts Project and Tahoe Youth & Family Services.

A Rainbow of Hope will feature speakers on the topic of GLTB Youth, a silent auction, themed food stations and a no-host bar. Tickets are $45. At the South Shore they are available at the Tahoe-Douglas and South Lake Tahoe chambers of commerce.

Or e-mail sdnomis@hotmail.com with A Rainbow of Hope in the subject line. They will also be available during Ascent at registration at Harveys. This event did sell out last year. Larry Friedman, rural grants director for Nevada Commission on Tourism, will emcee the festive evening.

Among the silent auction items are six roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines, a one-week RCI timeshare, hotel rooms, restaurant vouchers, snowmobile rides and elegant works of art. Donations to the silent auction may be made by calling (866) 263-4167.

For more information, go to http://www.ascentlaketahoe.com.

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