Recognized as a safe, culturally diverse and supportive city, Las Vegas is one of the best places in the world for gay travelers. The destination was recently ranked the third most popular city in the United States among the LGBT community, and with more electrifying options than ever before, it's no surprise that LGBTs are looking to Las Vegas for their travel plans.
When it comes to accommodations, there are several hotels to choose from. Be swept away in romance at Paris Las Vegas or get lost in the luxurious villages and fountains of Europe at Bellagio. Check out the newly redesigned Luxor Hotel & Casino or enjoy Brazilian culture at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Blue MoonJHotel for Men is a clothing-optional hotel and the city's first all-male gay resort. The resort is home to 45 luxury rooms and suites and a plethora of amenities. Additionally, Blue Moon Coffee Shop offers beverages, sandwiches and snacks, and the lagoon-style pool area is surrounded by waterfalls and enables guests to enjoy privacy within blocks of the famous Las Vegas Strip.
Wynn Las Vegas and Encore go above and beyond to ensure each aspect of every guest's stay is enjoyable and memorable. Everything from dining reservations, assistance with show tickets and nightclub arrangements, golf tee-times, spa and salon appointments, limo transportation, sightseeing, shopping services and more can be arranged through hospitality professionals with the resort's Pride Concierge.
For some serious relaxation, enjoy some much-needed pool time. Luxor's LGBT pool party, "Temptation Sundays," is the city's original and longest-running LGBT pool party.
The adventure doesn't end poolside. Las Vegas is called the "Entertainment Capital of the World" for good reason with seemingly endless performances happening regularly on the Strip. Check out one of the hottest shows including Cirque du Soleil's "Zumanity" at New York-New York. Frank Marino's Divas Las Vegas at The Quad is an energetic show starring Frank Marino as comic icon Joan Rivers and an all-star cast of female impersonators. Captivate your senses on a journey into a dream world filled with love, beauty, and fantasy at "Le Réve" - The Dream at the Wynn.
Located just off the Las Vegas Strip, on Paradise Road, is an area dubbed "The Fruit Loop," which boasts numerous hotspots including Suede, a piano bar and restaurant, and Gipsy, the city's original gay dance club. Popular among celebrities, Piranha Nightclub and 8 ½ Ultra Lounge feature a second floor with a beautiful view of the Strip, VIP cabanas and skyboxes and a private bar. You'll also discover Freezone and, as the name implies, there is never a cover at this popular bar and nightclub. A favorite among lesbian visitors, Freezone offers daily drink specials, good times and an ever-friendly staff.
Times change, names change, but Revolution still brings the quintessential LGBT weekly party every Sunday night at The Mirage. As always, guests can enjoy hot-spinning DJ Brett Rubin and the most fabulous entertainment imaginable for REVO Sundays: STILL for boys who like boys and their girlfriends!
Share Nightclub, located right off the Strip, takes the nightlife scene by storm with a combined club, bar and ultra-lounge experience. The two-level venue features a brilliant nightclub ambiance on the first floor while a luxurious more private bar atmosphere envelops upstairs.
If you want to experience the local gay scene, you'll find plenty of action at a variety of bars and clubs around town. Located in downtown Las Vegas, Snick's Place touts itself as the oldest gay bar in Vegas since 1976. Snick's is the gay equivalent to the famous bar, Cheers, and is one of the best places to go for a sociable drink. Flex Cocktail Lounge offers drinks, strippers, games and more in a quaint neighborhood nightclub setting. Another experience away from the Strip, Escape Lounge, offers customers great specials and a friendly atmosphere.
Customize your night by visiting a themed location such as a cozy country western bar like Badlands Saloon or Charlie's Las Vegas. If you're a gamer, you'll enjoy Goodtimes Bar & Nightclub, with its Monday night alcohol/beer bust and liberal video poker machines. The true adventure-seeker will earn free well drinks and beer every Wednesday and Friday at Las Vegas Eagle, but only under one condition: that bar patrons strip down to their boxers or briefs! With its vintage décor and neighborhood bar feel, The Garage is the perfect place to put a quarter in the jukebox and kick back and relax. Patrons can enjoy everything from shuffleboard to watching the hottest sports games on the countless mounted TVs.
Besides being the "Entertainment Capital of the World" and a place where anything goes, Las Vegas is also a city that offers a variety of events and support services for the LGGBT demographic. Las Vegas Pride Week is an annual ten-day celebration in September of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Events include a Pride Night Parade and Festival as well as art shows, picnics and contests--more than 14 events in all. Nevada Gay Rodeo Association is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the western lifestyle and producing gay rodeos with a commitment to raise funds for charitable organizations. Golden Rainbow provides housing and direct financial assistance to men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada. The annual "Ribbon of Life," "Beaux Arts Ball" and "Naked Hearts" events serve to raise money for this worthy cause.
The Center is a community-based organization that supports and promotes activities directed at furthering the well-being and human rights of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and its allies in Southern Nevada. Founded in 1984, Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the state of Nevada. AFAN provides direct client service programs, food programs, prevention and education programs, and community outreach. The organization hosts an annual AIDS Walk and Black & White Party to generate awareness and raise funds for its services.
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