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There are a number of LGBTQ bars and nightclubs in Las Vegas to suit everyone’s preferences, fetishes and tastes. For clubs, there’s Liaison (the upscale, new kid on the block inside Bally’s), Piranha on Paradise and Share on Wynn Road. The bar scene includes The Garage LV, Fun Hog Ranch, FreeZone, Charlie’s Las Vegas, The Phoenix Bar & Lounge (formerly Escape, but still with the same random stripper pole in the corner), Badlands Saloon, and Spotlight Lounge, just to name a few. There's also Snick's Place which could be a new favorite for 2015.
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For the gay and lesbian community (more appropriately and inclusively known as LGBTQ), the Las Vegas of 2014 has become more appealing than ever. The opening of hit nightclub Liaison inside Bally’s, a PRIDE/Gay Days weekend that attracted thousands, and the legalization of same-sex marriage in Nevada has given the gay community plenty to celebrate. Some of our readers keenly noted that “Sin City” was way behind the rest of the country on this civil rights issue so, perhaps, it’s fitting the final gay event of the year has been named EVOLVE.
A mainstay in the gay community is closing its doors tomorrow after a 12-year run. Blue Moon Resort off the Strip near Artisan announced last night it will be ending operations October 15. The message posted by owner John Hessling on the resort’s Facebook page cites only “circumstances beyond my control” as the reason for the closure. An employee cited the resort was “sold out from under the owner” in a mortgage situation.
From what we’ve heard, Blue Moon was home to some pretty epic pool parties and BBQs. What other Vegas hotel offers a free BBQ on Sunday with BYOB? Blue Moon’s Facebook page is full of comments from sad customers who don’t want to see the hotel close. They called trips to Blue Moon “the best vacation I ever had” and noted it had the “best service” while being “the most fun I had” in Vegas.
Same-sex marriages are now legal in Las Vegas as well as Nevada as a whole.
After a ban was lifted a few days ago and ensuing legal confusion, the first same-sex marriage licenses in Las Vegas were issued last night around 5 p.m. PT. By the time the Marriage License Bureau closed at midnight 40 certificates had been claimed.
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A strong wind blew through Las Vegas during the first weekend of September, and it wasn’t just carrying the desert dust with it. This time, those strong gusts picked up glitter, rhinestones, and probably a few oversized wigs. The Las Vegas' annual LGBTQ (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered/queer or questioning) PRIDE Parade brought plenty of outrageous glitz (and chiseled male torsos) to Downtown Vegas and, for one night, a Fourth Street stage would have made Broadway proud. At the same time, it was a march for LGBTQ equality and a call for the removal of Nevada's same sex marriage ban.
As we mentioned in our pre-PRIDE primer (try saying that three times quickly), every year thousands of spectators line the area between Bridger Avenue and the Fremont Street Experience to take in the parade. For the casual tourist, it is an outrageous spectacle like no other. And best of all, it's free!
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Las Vegas is ready to show its colors once more as the city's annual PRIDE celebration will blanket the valley in rainbow hues September 2-7. This year’s gathering of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning community features a slimmed-down roster and a new host hotel.
If you happened to catch our wrap-up of last year’s PRIDE events, you may remember this writer remarking on the chaotic presentation. Three separate organizations (Las Vegas PRIDE, Orlando’s GAY DAYS, and MGM's FABULOUS) were all vying for the pink dollar, consequently stepping on each others’ kinky boots (I’ll explain that reference later).
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In a twist that should probably require an accompanying flowchart, Krave has been replaced by Equalibrium. The also gay friendly nightspot will make its debut this Friday, August 1 in the exact same space Krave called home up until this past weekend (for its most recent incarnation, anyway). That, however, is where the similarities end as Equalibrium is quick to note on its Facebook page.
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Krave has announced its closure while simultaneously clinging to the tagline of being America's #1 LGBT nightclub.
The nightspot, which seems to have had its greatest days when it was located on the Harmon side of Miracle Mile, will close at its current location as of this Sunday, July 27. After a disastrous downtown move, Krave popped up on The Strip at the Tommy Wind Theater (formerly the Empire Ballroom) last November and even invested in an remodel that brought new furniture, lighting, and a new sound system to the space.
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The times, they are a-changing. Once hidden on side streets as private, members-only bars (that typically went unnoticed by the general public), the LGBTQ establishments of today are advertised on billboards and frequently share the same space with mainstream clubs (on alternate evenings, of course). This summer, Caesars Entertainment took a bold step forward by opening Liaison, the first gay nightclub in a Strip casino (Bally's). And, from what this writer has seen, it looks like founder Victor Drai could have another hit on his hands.
I’ll be the first to admit that the notion of a gay bar (let's use that term for brevity’s sake) inside a casino seemed like a daring proposition, but my first visit to Liaison this past July 4th was a flawless experience. Well-placed signs led guests from the Bally’s/Paris parking garage to Bally’s casino proper and the nightclub entrance was just past Indigo Lounge. This location may be familiar to some as the temporary home of Drai's After Hours (which has returned back to The Cromwell).
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Las Vegas has been long known as the wedding capital of the world. With marriage licenses extremely easy to get (bringing a completed short form to the Clark County Marriage Bureau can get you a license within minutes), dashing to Sin City to tie the knot is an institution. But, with marriage rates dropping nationwide and campy Elvis-style ceremonies falling out of fashion, Vegas weddings may have peaked. By this fall, however, that could change.
You may have noticed an increase in the number of times we’ve mentioned the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning/Queer) community here in recent months. A new focus by hotel executives has resulted in LGBTQ-themed nightclub events, pool parties and social mixers, annual Pride and GayDays events, and Liason, the first gay nightclub in a Strip casino. And yet, Las Vegas is still playing catch-up to the rest of the country on the issue of same-sex marriage. (Note: the term "gay marriage" is largely frowned upon within the LGBTQ community as it reinforces inequality and separatism.)
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Gay night and day life has been reaching new levels in Las Vegas, from the debut of Saturgays at Tropicana to the launch of Altitude Fridays at the Strat. Now, in just a few weeks, the Strip's first dedicated gay club in a casino (sorry, Krave, they found a way around you on that one) will open at Bally's.
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Last Friday, the Stratosphere premiered a new weekend mood-setter of sorts. Altitude Fridays -- a weekly, early evening mixer -- invites the LGBTQ crowd (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) to loosen their ties and get the party started atop the highest freestanding observation tower in the United States.
Running from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Level 107 Lounge, Altitude Fridays offers an attractive destination for the rainbow crowd to enjoy a full evening out, or just have a cocktail (or three) before calling it a night.