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Viva Lez Elvis - A Queer Eye Look At Las Vegas

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Like any other city, Las Vegas has a large gay and lesbian community, so not only does Vegas cater to the local 'queer' it also has gay friendly amenities for the visiting ones too. The very first Vegas gay pride parade was held in May 1998, and this growing event is attended by thousands each year. In 1993, legislators abolished the anti-sodomy laws which had been Nevada Law since the turn of the century. The current age of consent for same-sex relations is 18.

Need a place to stay?

The Blue Moon Resort is an all-gay all-male resort (sometimes they have bisexual bash weekends!). It is located just west of the Strip and south of Sahara Blvd. VT's own Ace Copland headed over to the Blue Moon to sample the local scenery, read his trip report here

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Las Vegas Gay Hotel
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Looking for a Bath House?

A bath house that caters to gay men is The Apollo Spa & Health Club, located at 953 E. Sahara, Suite A-19. (702) 650-9191.

Need a work out?

The gym most popular with the gay community is probably the Las Vegas Athletic Club at 5090 S. Maryland Parkway (702) 798-5822.

Male strip joints?

There are no gay-oriented male strip clubs in Las Vegas. Unless you fancy going to see the Thunder From Down Under at the Excalibur or Chippendales at the Rio with hundreds of screeching, panting women.

Is prostitution legal in Nevada?

Yes, but only in the rural counties. Clark County (Las Vegas) and Washoe County (Reno) do not have legalized prostitution. The nearest house of prostitution is approximately 70 miles away in neighbouring Nye County. To our knowledge there are no Gay houses of prostitution.

Wanna get married?

Unfortunately, state sanctioned civil unions are not recognized in Nevada. However most chapels offer commitment ceremonies, some are more gay friendly than others:

Gay Chapel of Las Vegas
Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel

Are there any nude beaches near Las Vegas?

There is a nude gay beach at Lake Mead (a decent drive from Vegas proper) which is quite popular during summer weekends. A word of advice: Keep your clothes on until you get there. Park rangers have been known to occasionally cite for Lewd and Lascivious behavior - a $200 fine.

Gay Bars and Clubs in Las Vegas

Back Door Lounge
1415 E. Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 385-2018

  • Hours : 24/7
  • Payment info: Cash and all major credit cards accepted.
  • Parking: Free and located in the front of the building.
  • Cover charge: During the week, no cover, $5 cover on the weekends when there's live entertainment.

Backstreet
5012 S. Arville Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89118
(702) 876-1844

  • Hours: 24/7
  • Payment info: Cash only (ATM located inside).
  • Parking: Free and located in the front of the building.
  • Cover charge: No cover.

Badlands Saloon
953 E. Sahara Ave. #22
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 792-9262

  • Hours: 24/7
  • Payment info: Cash and traveler's checks accepted.
  • Parking: Free and located in front of the building in huge shopping center.
  • Cover charge: No cover

Buffalo
4640 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 733-8355

  • Hours: 24/7
  • Payment info: Cash only (ATM located inside).
  • Parking: Free and located in the front of the building.
  • Cover charge: No cover.

Eagle
3430 E. Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(702) 458-8662

  • Hours: 24/7
  • Payment info: Cash and all major credit cards.
  • Parking: Free and located in front of the building.
  • Cover charge: No cover.

Flex
4347 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 385-3539

  • Hours: 24/7
  • Payment info: Cash and major credit cards accepted.
  • Parking: Free unless there is a special event and located behind the building on Arville.
  • Cover charge: Sunday - Friday, no cover; $5 on Saturday after 12 a.m.

Free Zone
610 E. Naples Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 794-2300

  • Hours: 24/7
  • Payment info:Cash only.
  • Parking:�� Free and located in the front of the building.
  • Cover charge: No cover.

Gipsy
4605 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 731-1919

  • Hours of operation: 9 p.m. to whenever the party ends.
  • Payment info: Cash only.
  • Parking: Free valet in the front and additional located in surrounding lots.
  • Cover charge: Free before 10 p.m., after depends on night and event.

Goodtimes
1775 E. Tropicana Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 736-9494

  • Hours: 24/7
  • Payment info: Cash only (ATM available inside).
  • Cover charge: No cover.

Hamburger Mary's
4503 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 735-4400

  • Hours of operation: Open daily, 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.
  • Payment info: Cash and major credit cards accepted.
  • Cover charge: None

Las Vegas Lounge
900 E. Karen
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 737-9350

  • Hours: 24/7
  • Average drink price: $4.
  • Payment info: Cash only.
  • Parking: Free and located in the front and rear of the building.
  • Cover charge: No cover.

Snick's Place
1402 S. 3rd St.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 385-9298

  • Hours: 24/7
  • Payment info: Cash only.
  • Parking: Free and located in the rear of the building.
  • Cover charge: No cover.

Spotlight
957 E. Sahara Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 696-0202

  • Hours: 24/7
  • Payment info: Cash only.
  • Parking: Free and located in back of the building in huge shopping center.

Free Zone and Backstreet are popular with women but there is no exclusively women's bar in Las Vegas at present and while there are no racially oriented gay bars, the Backdoor Lounge is very popular with Latinos.

The Las Vegas Lounge is Las Vegas' exclusive Transgender Bar. Shows and T-dancers on Monday through Friday.

Are there gay casinos in Las Vegas?

There are no gay casinos in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas gaming industry is very competitive and to stay on top of the 'game' casinos must make themselves available and attractive to every market niche. Eliminating 90% of a potential market, i.e. the straight visitors, would be akin to financial suicide.



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Don't forget about the only Alternative club on the Las Vegas Strip:

Krave Las Vegas
3663 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702)836-0836

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