Nevada has long been the unsung hero for advancing equality for LGBTQ people, women, immigrants, people of color and many others — and behind every great state is a great leader.
State Senator David Parks is the champion behind LGBTQ equality in Nevada and has spent his career breaking down barriers on behalf of the LGBTQ community.
Beginning his career in 1999, Sen. Parks made history by becoming the first openly LGBTQ person elected to the Nevada State Legislature. He not only raised visibility for the community, but he also blazed the trail for pro-LGBTQ legislation that would end up securing life-saving protections for countless Nevadans, including:
Under Sen. Parks’ numerous leadership positions — including assistant majority floor leader and president pro tempore — Nevada consistently became one of the first states to pass critical pro-equality legislation, even ahead of the federal government.
Sen. Parks has not only been a fierce champion in Nevada’s local government, he has also been a tireless advocate in the community. He has fought shoulder to shoulder with local pro-equality organizations, including Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), HRC, ACLU Nevada, NARAL, Battle Born Progress, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, Nevada Homeless Alliance and many others.
As he retired, Sen. Parks concluded his monumental career on a high note when he helped pass a sweeping set of pro-LGBTQ bills that will move equality forward for all people throughout the state.
HRC will continue Sen. Parks’ fight by working to elect pro-equality leaders at all levels of government, supporting in-state leaders who will work to ensure all people have equality in employment, health care, the voting booth, education and all other areas of life.
With just 62 Days until Election Day, join HRC in Nevada as we mobilize voters to vote for pro-equality candidates from the White House to the state house to city council.
Continue the Legacy of Progress by: