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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.

2021 Las Vegas LGBTQ+ Events

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.

Temptation Sundays
Location: Luxor Hotel and Casino
When: May and running through September
International Gay Bowling Organization’s IGBO Annual 2021
Location: The Orleans Hotel & Casino
When: May 26 – 30, 2021
Henderson Pride Festival
Location: Lake Las Vegas
When: June 4 - 6, 2021
Pride Night at Cowabunga Bay
Friday, May 28 from 8 p.m. – midnight.
SMOKEOUT 2021
Location: Tuscany Suites and Casino
When: August 25 – 30, 2021
Nevada Gay Rodeo Association’s BigHorn Rodeo
When: September 17 − 19, 2021
Las Vegas PRIDE
Location: Downtown Las Vegas
When: October 8 and 9, 2021

Las Vegas Night LifeThroughout 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.

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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!

Las Vegas LGBTQ+ Bars & Lounge

Badlands Saloon
953 E. Sahara Ave. #22,
Las Vegas 89104
702-792-9262
Neighborhood country/western bar. Open 24 hours
The Garden Las Vegas
Downtown Las Vegas Arts District
An intimate and chic lounge bar. Talented queens every Saturday and Sunday at the Bottomless Drag Brunch
Charlie's Las Vegas
5012 S. Arville St. #4,
Las Vegas 89118
702-876-1844
charlieslasvegas.com
Popular country and western dance bar and one of the friendliest bars in town
Flex Cocktail Lounge
4347 W. Charleston Blvd.,
Las Vegas 89102
702-878-3355
flexlasvegas.com
Nightly entertainment, drink specials, and Thursday-night Drag-aoke.
FreeZone Nightclub and Bar
610 E. Naples Dr.,
Las Vegas 89119
702-794-2300
freezonelv.com
Upbeat music and nightly karaoke. Food, pool tables and occasional drag shows.
Fun Hog Ranch
495 E. Twain Ave.,
Las Vegas 89169
702-791-7001
Gay hangout offering daily drink specials, jukebox & video poker
The Garage
1487 E. Flamingo Rd., Ste. C,
Las Vegas 89119
702-440-6333
thegaragelv.com
Bar features pool tables, shuffleboard and darts, in addition to drink specials
Las Vegas Eagle
3430 E. Tropicana Ave., Ste. 47,
Las Vegas 89121
702-458-8662
Phoenix Bar & Lounge
4213 W. Sahara Ave.,
Las Vegas 89102
702-826-2422
Piranha Nightclub
4633 Paradise Rd.,
Las Vegas 89169
702-379-9500
piranhavegas.com
Ultimate late-night location for LGBTQ+ revelers. Enjoy a cocktail at one of the many bars or dance the night away among sexy go-go dancers.
Quadz Video Bar
4640 Paradise Rd.,
Las Vegas 89169
702-733-0383
quadzbar.com
Spotlight Lounge
957 E. Sahara Ave.,
Las Vegas 89104
702-431-9775
spotlightlounge.com

Temptation Sundays Las VegasTake 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

Las Vegas Resources

Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada
www.thecenterlv.com 702-733-9800

PRIDE Las Vegas

Southern Nevada Association of Pride Inc.
www.lasvegaspride.org 702-615-9429

Aid for AIDS of Nevada
afanlv.org 702-382-2326

Gay & Lesbian Las Vegas

Golden Rainbow
goldenrainbow.org 702-384-2899

For your pride needs in Las Vegas, visit these businesses
Get Booked
4640 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas
702-737-7780

The Male Bag
610 E. Sahara Ave. #13, Las Vegas
702-474-6253

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