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After the failures of Krave Massive and Liaison, many of our readers and friends suggested that the era of the dedicated “gay club” may be over. Perhaps that's true, as social acceptance has somewhat eliminated the purpose for those hidden little sanctuaries, which eventually grew into the gay super-clubs of the 80s and beyond.
Now in 2015, the “theme night” at existing venues is more the thing, where members of the LGBTQ community can get together for club nights, mixers and more. And two new such nights have launched in Vegas.
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Vegas pool parties are already in full swing, and for the LGBTQ crowd that means weekly hedonistic hard-bodied blowouts...and a few multi-day events.
In a city that sets the standard for water-centric events, that’s a lot to live up to. Fortunately, the organizers at Matinee Group have 20 years of experience at raising the bar.
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The weekend is calling, but before we head out, here are some interesting Vegas tidbits to look over.
· LAST CHANCE FOR A PIECE OF THE RIVIERA: We said goodbye to The Riviera earlier this week but there's still one final chance to pick up a piece of the Riv's history. A liquidation sale will be held by National Content Liquidators starting on Thursday, May 14 at the hotel. Admission fee is $10 per person for the first four days. The sale hours are 9:00 am-7:00 pm and Sunday, 10:00-5:00 pm. It will continue until sold out.
Items on sale include the "complete contents of the hotel’s 2,075 guestrooms and suites, casino with gaming tables and stools, bar and restaurant furnishings, over 100,000 square feet of commercial kitchen equipment." You can also nab items from the hotel's four theaters, lobby furnishings, chandeliers, pool and patio furnishings, and sports memorabilia. You can get a peek of the items here and here.
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If you’ve been getting excited for pool season, prepare to mark your calendars as we share the first of many opening dates.
Luxor's LGBT pool party, Temptation Sundays, has released its debut for the 2015 pool season. The party will kick off May 17, the weekend before Memorial Day Weekend. If you’re looking to get on the guest list, just text VEGAS to 77948.
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Another gay club in Las Vegas has run its course. Liaison Nightclub at Bally’s didn’t even make it to the year mark. There was much excitement about its opening last June when it took over the temporary space Drai’s Afterhours occupied before reopening at The Cromwell. But, even with club guru Victor Drai's guidance and an impressive lineup of LGBTQ celebs, the club closed its doors last night.
The news comes as no surprise to many. We had heard rumblings of unhappy employees and fans alike. The club was rarely full and cut back its nights of operation soon after opening.
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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.