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About Us


The Nevada LGBT Archives aims to improve the lives of all Nevadans by promoting a greater understanding of the LGBT population. It is the mission of the Nevada LGBT Archives to collect, preserve, and showcase the accomplishments of the LGBT community and our allies.

Jeff Auer, Executive Director

LGBTQ Scholar, Jeff Auer, is an award-winning American History and Humanities instructor. He has also been a  guest Lecturer at LGBTQ organizations across the country including institutions such as The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at City University of New York, ONE Archives at USC. He has also given several guest lectures at the University of Nevada Reno. He is the author of numerous papers and articles focusing on the LGBTQ community. Recent published articles include: “Queerest Little City in the World: LGBT Reno during the 1960s,” published by the Journal of Homosexuality; “Cowboys on the Cover of a Magazine”, Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide; Bette at The Bathhouse, Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide. Mr. Auer’s research interest in U.S. History and LGBTQ History led to his authorship of a chapter on Reno, “Queerest Little City In The World –  LGBT Reno” for the LGBTQ Heritage Initiative Theme Study, a publication commissioned by the National Park Service. Mr. Auer is currently researching and co-writing a statewide history of LGBT people for the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office, while finishing up his PhD dissertation, “Forbidden  Vice:  Gay  Men  in  Reno  and  Las  Vegas  between  1958  and  1993” at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Nicholas-Martin Kearney, Deputy Director

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Nicholas-Martin Kearney directs The Nevada LGBT Archives’ day-to-day operations, in addition to providing office management of the Core Humanities program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Nicholas joined the leadership team of The Nevada LGBT Archives after more than three decades as a performing artist and administrator in theatre and dance. His background and skills bring together a unique blend of organizational leadership, production experience, creative innovation, and business acumen.

Mr. Kearney’s arts management career began at Carolyn Dorfman Dance; he was a key player in the creation of Ms. Dorfman’s Sextet and Primal Axis. He then joined Ballet Internationale-Indianapolis as General Manager, where he was involved in new productions and touring. During his tenure with Ballet Internationale, Mr. Kearney oversaw the creation and production of Fleming Flindt’s Midwest Premiere of Phaedra; Eldar Aliev’s Cinderella; the recreation of Aliev’s Firebird and Carmon De Leone’s Peter Pan.

Mr. Kearney’s professional performance career began with the Bolshoi Ballet during their Bicentennial Tour of North America. Other notable entertainment companies he has danced with include Royal Danish Ballet, Les Ballets Trockadero des Monte Carlo, Jim Henson’s Muppets, and Walt Disney Entertainment.