Q: Where can I stay to be close to the LGBT scene?
A: If it's proximity you're after, you've got a few options. You can stay at the Hard Rock Hotel - it's just across the street from the gay club loop. If spacious suites are your bag, the Alexis Park Resort is a short stroll from that loop. And if you're looking for a resort that caters to the gay scene, check out the Blue Moon. Wynn Las Vegas and Encore offer special packages and a "pride concierge" for travelers looking for an upscale LGBT hotel experience.
Q: What are the best gay clubs?
A: Goodtimes and FreeZone are friendly, low-key spots. Plus, the scene is always kicking at the country-themed Charlie's Las Vegas on the weekends. And we couldn't not mention 8 ½ and Piranha, which boasts a great crowd and great service and the Backdoor Lounge.
If you're hungry, drop in to the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada for a bite to eat at their Bronze Cafe, which serves great vegan and vegetarian delights.
Q: What shows/attractions should I see while I'm here?
A: Everything! If you like your acrobatics, music and dance colored with a healthy dose of uninhibited eroticism, then Zumanity should be right up your alley. Broadway-type show lovers should be pleased with imports like Jersey Boys and Million Dollar Quartet. To satisfy your inner diva, spend the evening with Celine Dion.
Q: Can I get married in Vegas?
A: There are several wedding chapels in Las Vegas that will perform commitment ceremonies for LGBT couples. Although not legally recognized as a marriage in Nevada, LGBT partners can still enjoy a ceremony with the same amenities that many traditional wedding services offer. In lieu of a marriage license, most chapels will provide gay and lesbian couples with a certificate commemorating the event.
The Gay Chapel of Las Vegas is the city's only gay-owned-and-operated ceremony chapel. The chapel can accommodate up to 100 guests. Couples can choose from many themed wedding packages including beach party, disco, Egyptian, Gothic or Elvis Blue Hawaii wedding. Services are available including limousines, flowers, photography and video services.
Chapels offering LGBT wedding ceremonies include Cupid's Wedding Chapel, Silver Bell Wedding Chapel, Gay Chapel of Las Vegas, Eternal Hope Ministry. For more information on these chapels, visit the VEGAS.com guide to wedding chapels.