As we all know, Las Vegas thrives on tourism and tourist dollars. With a slogan of "What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas" and an 'anything goes' mentality, one will think anything goes actually means anything goes.
If you are part of the LGBTQ+ community, the first thing you will notice in Las Vegas is that the gay scene isn't as open as one would expect and you seldom see people of the same sex displaying public affection like you will in places like New York, San Francisco or West Hollywood.
Don't let that discourage you. Las Vegas recently ranked as one of the top destinations for LGBTQ+ travelers.
LGBTQ+ culture is alive and well in Vegas and it is not hard to plan the perfect queer-tinerary of Sin City. There are no shortage of things to do in Las Vegas, everything from shows, spas, shopping, fine dining and gay bars. If you are visiting with your significant other, you might consider going all out and make your trip the memory of a lifetime with a Vegas-style wedding ceremony.
After a full year of physical distancing and other restrictions, the Las Vegas LGBTQ+ community will once again be able to gather in limited, in-person events while strictly adhering to current safety protocols.
Throughout the year, Las Vegas also hosts a number of special events. It's pays to plan your Vegas trip to coincide with one or more of the great events listed below.
AFAN AIDS Walk (April)
The Ribbon of Life Show (June)
Black & White Party (August)
Gay Nights Las Vegas (August)
Gay Days Las Vegas (September)
Las Vegas Annual Pride festivities (October)
World AIDS Day (December)
Below is a list of some gay and lesbian hot spots in Las Vegas.
Did you know .....
The Las Vegas Marriage License Bureau issued its first marriage license to a same-gender couple on Oct. 9, 2014. In January 2017, the office issued its 10,000th marriage license to a same-gender couple. On May 16, 2019, the office issued its 20,000th marriage license to James Johnson, 33, and Matthew Tipple, 30, of DeBary, Florida. ~ Congratulations!
Take the party to the pool for Temptation Sundays, the longest-running Las Vegas LGBTQ+ pool party. The sexy poolside party at the Luxor Hotel and Casino - North Pool, features amazing DJs spinning the summer's hottest soundtracks, specialty drinks and nonstop fun in the sun. Don't miss this weekly Sunday LGBTQ+ focused pool party on the Vegas Strip.
When: weekly Sunday parties Mid-May through Labor Day weekend (September)
Time: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: North Pool at Luxor Hotel and Casino
Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
Southern Nevada Association of Pride Inc.
Aid for AIDS of Nevada
For your pride needs in Las Vegas, visit these businesses
4640 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas
The Male Bag
610 E. Sahara Ave. #13, Las Vegas