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Las Vegas, Nevada might be the perfect place to have a wedding. After all, the entire strip is a virtual reception venue. Plus, a Vegas wedding is probably one of the kitschiest things to do if you're a pop-culture enthusiast - you might feel like celebrating your nerdiness with a cos-playing Elvis officiant and that's one thing to cross off your off-beat bucket list.

The Little Vegas Chapel is well-known for its LGBTQ weddings. Of course, they perform straight weddings, but celebrating same-sex nuptials is something they really take pride in.

Traditionally, spring and summer are the peak seasons for tying the knot. With COVID easing its grip on the world people are taking it slow. American travelers are finding comfort in "Short Travel," or taking trips that don't require a passport. So when it comes to getting married, far-reaching destination weddings are probably not in the cards for 2021. But that doesn't mean you should miss out on all the glam.

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The Little Vegas Chapel is once again booking clients for those who want a unique ceremony. What's more, they boast in their ability to take the fuss out of frustration.

With its "everything you need" attitude, getting the marriage license and saying "I do" is basically your only pressing task.

Venue Manager Chrissy Jimeno loves her job and she makes sure everyone else does too. She says the anxiety of wedding planning is not something you should worry about on your big day and her team is always at the ready to shoulder some of that stress.

"Whether it be simple questions regarding the marriage license or wanting to completely customize your experience, we are always just a phone call or email away," she told us.

Unlike traditional weddings that usually take place in the middle of the year, Chrissy says Sin City unions are indeed popular in the summer but that's certainly not a deal-breaker.

"Las Vegas is known as the wedding capital of the world because we are busy year-round with ceremonies," she explains.

The Little Vegas Chapel

The Hollywood elite have even sat among the pews. Although she can't give specifics on famous people who have walked down the aisle at The Little Vegas Chapel, she did let us in on some pretty recognizable attendees who have signed the guest book.

"All the ceremonies performed at our chapel are private, however, we have seen some famous faces walk through our door to attend ceremonies," she says. "We have celebrated with Ed Sheeran, Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, Cara Delevinge, Liam Hemsworth, and many more!" 

Once the ceremony is over there is that reception to think about. Chrissy says the chapel doesn't currently have options for the quintessential after-party, but, "we work with some amazing vendors in the Arts District for couples to celebrate with afterward." 

The Little Vegas Chapel

Packages start at about $250 for Little Vegas Chapel, and depending on the amenities you want, prices go up from there.

"At The Little Vegas Chapel, we are devoted to making the day special for the couple! We offer a completely personalized touch to all of our reservations. With our team of in-house coordinators, photographers, and officiants, we are a one-stop-shop to get married in Las Vegas." 

There are some LGBTQ folks who want a traditional wedding at a venue they have to book years in advance.

But for those who like their adventures a little more heterodox, there's always The Little Vegas Chapel, where - just like in the famous Elvis song - they can help put, "more
than the twenty-four hours in the day."

For more information on The Little Vegas Chapel click HERE.

How to talk about transgender issues

So how do we talk about transgender issues (even if you're not transgender)? There are three main things to remember when discussing transgender issues today, so before getting into the meat and potatoes of it all, let's keep these things in mind:

  1. It is not a political discussion, it is a human rights discussion.
  2. There is a rich history rooted in transgender rights that must be considered when discussing these issues.
  3. Humanization should always be at the forefront of the conversation.

Before going into any conversation, no matter who it's with, try to keep these things in mind before you say something that may be inappropriate, misguided, or just plain wrong. Even those with the best intentions can mess up; remember that it is always ok to admit when you do not know something or when you are wrong. That being said, let's get into it.

sign with a 'friendly for all genders' image showing a person in a wheelchair, and a person with half a dress and pants on.

Transgender bathroom bills

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So whether you choose to become a transgender activist or if you just want to be a better ally, this easy talking point will generally keep you in line and on the safe side of conversations while still putting forth the effort to encourage and better represent transgender rights.

Easy, all-around approach: This will work for almost all transgender issues and expand on the previous three rules; firstly, trans issues are not a debate. When discussing with someone, do not indulge in hypotheticals and always remember that transgender people are the exact same as anyone else, with the exact same feelings. Keeping this in mind, let's use the bathroom bill as an example. When discussing this issue, one should humanize, de-politicize, and normalize the conversation. How does one employ this, though? Here is an example of how the conversation may go.

Person 1: I don't want men in the women's restroom, they will rape my daughters.

So this statement is clearly based on reactionary conversation perpetuated by anti-transgender ideals. This means that the person probably has a misconception of the history and oppression of transgender people. They also show concern for their family, which is a step towards humanization, despite the misconception. Here would be an appropriate response that helps to humanize, de-politicize, and normalize the conversation.

Person 2: I don't want men in the women's restroom, either, which is why we need to make sure people who identify as women are using the women's restroom. There has never been a documented case where a transgender person has raped either a man or woman in a public restroom. And by forcing people to use a restroom that does not match their gender identity, it is promoting violence, as there is a strong history of physical violence against transgender people.

By only saying about three sentences, you are able to do the previous steps while discussing the issue in a civil manner without opening it up to debate. The key to this is to keep it short and sweet, stating both the truth and an ally's stance to support the transgender community. It's critical to make sure that what you say is backed with confidence, though, which is why this second approach is more encouraged as it gives the person speaking more confidence in their opinion.

gif of a man in a suit talking about number 1. Number 1 GIF by PragerU Giphy

The second approach: backed by facts and history, is the exact same as before, but this approach leaves the other person with more questions about their stance and gives them something to consider. Before going into this approach, however, it is important to keep in mind that you are not debating the existence of trans people, nor are you trying to change someone's mind. That is not the goal; the goal is simply to get your opinion across in a way that honors both the trans community and their ideas. Let's take the same example as before but add the new sentiments.

Person 1: I don't want men in the women's restrooms, they will rape my daughters.

Person 2: There has never been a documented case of a transgender person raping anyone in a public restroom, and the only published cases of such were proven to be false. Further, when people say things like this, they are perpetuating violence against transgender people, which has historically (and still does) oppressed and insight further physical violence against them. And honestly, the most common reason there is this stance is because the person typically does not know a trans person and may not even know a person who does know a trans person. But the truth is, they probably do. The probability is more likely that the transgender people around them are just not comfortable enough in the environment to come out and speak up about their gender identity. And yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but it is quite sad that some people's opinion does not invite civil discussion but instead incites violence.

This approach is more confrontational, which requires more confidence when using it in a conversation, but it still holds true to all of the previous rules and sentiments. It adds truth based on history, which is an important aspect of trans rights as it reminds people of where we were/ where we are currently with human rights. These ideas can be transferred to most all trans issues and will honor the transgender movement and your allyship. The last thing to keep in mind is the person or reason you are standing up for/with trans rights. The passion -the compassion will shine through in conversation if you keep your reasoning close to heart. Whether it is because of a transgender friend, family member, or just because of your moral values, if you put your emotions into your reasoning, it will create more compelling statements, especially if the statement is well versed with the facts.

Tips to Remember When Discussing Transgender Issues

  1. Transgender issues are not political, they are human rights issues
  2. There is a rich history behind transgender issues
  3. Humanize transgender people through our words and ideas and don't forget to include:
    • 3(b). The facts
    • 3(c).The confidence
    • 3(d). The inspiration behind the support for transgender rights

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