Las Vegas' MGM Resorts plan gay summer weekend

Posted by Troy Petenbrink
July 4, 2011 10:08 AM |

LUX00012.jpgLas Vegas' MGM Resorts has announced that it will hold a special extended-weekend of events for LGBT visitors this summer, August 4-7:

From the press release:

The LGBT community will own Las Vegas once again as Gay Nights Las Vegas, presented by MGM Resorts International, raises the neon rainbow flag for an indulgent four-day party weekend August 4-7.

Gay Nights will offer special events and promotions at several MGM Resorts properties including ARIA Resort & Casino, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, New York-New York, Luxor and Crystals at CityCenter.

Guests can now visit to plan their experience from a complete list of events, which includes spectacular LGBT pool and nightclub parties, exclusive meet and greets with Cirque du Soleil performers and Dine OUT, the ultimate social dine-around.

“We are excited to bring Gay Nights Las Vegas back for a third year,” says Thomas Roth, president of Community Marketing, Inc. (CMI). ”Our research indicates the LGBT community loves Las Vegas and we are happy to work with MGM Resorts International to create this special event weekend.”

Guests who book a Gay Nights package will receive the Gay Nights VIP Access card, gaining them complimentary cover and/or line passes to MGM Resorts’ LGBT events, Dine OUT restaurant discounts, access to all Gay Nights private events, plus discounts at some of the most celebrated designer shops inside Crystals at CityCenter.

“No destination knows how to throw a party better than Las Vegas and we are thrilled to be home for the Gay Nights 2011 celebration,” said Scott Voeller, vice president of brand strategy and advertising for MGM Resorts International. “Our properties have been planning for months to ensure a phenomenal experience for our LGBT guests during this very special weekend. We look forward to rolling out the red carpet and having a blast.”

The Gay Nights Hot Spot will be the center of attention each event night from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at eyecandy sound lounge & bar at Mandalay Bay. Here, guests will have convenient access to concierge services, an opportunity to mix and mingle with other Gay Nights guests as well as enjoy Fabulous Hour – featuring delicious drink specials – each day from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. At the Gay Nights Hot Spot, guests will be able to make their Dine OUT reservations for some of Las Vegas’ best restaurants including UNION Restaurant & Bar at ARIA, FIX Restaurant & Bar at Bellagio, Border Grill at Mandalay Bay, STACK Restaurant & Bar at The Mirage and BRAND Steakhouse & Lounge at Monte Carlo.

A gay weekend in Vegas would not be complete without spectacular shows, and Gay Nights will not disappoint. Cirque du Soleil will take center stage with special pricing for Viva ELVIS at ARIA, KÀ at MGM Grand and Zumanity, The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil, at New York-New York Thursday through Saturday. As an additional perk, Gay Nights guests will have three rare opportunities to mingle with the artists at some of the hottest lounges and clubs on The Strip.

Gay Nights guests will receive VIP access at Las Vegas’ most popular LGBT nightlife and pool events – Closet Sundays at The Beatles REVOLUTION Lounge at The Mirage and Temptation Sundays at Luxor’s North Pool. Gay Nights also will partner with some of the LGBT community’s leading publications to host exclusive parties at Mandalay Bay’s Landshark Lagoon Pool – the Sexy Splash Pool Party hosted by Frontiers Magazine party Friday, Aug. 5 and the Q Splash Pool Party by Curve Magazine and QVegas Magazine Saturday, Aug. 6.

Las Vegas locals who wish to join the fun can pick up their Gay Nights VIP Access cards at the Gay Nights Hot Spot at eyecandy sound lounge & bar at Mandalay Bay on event days from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Please visit for more information and to make reservations. For event updates, photos and news, follow @GayNightsLV on Twitter and visit Gay Nights Las Vegas on Facebook.

MGM Resorts is one of the top gay-friendly U.S. hotel chains, earning an 85 on the 2011 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. It is also a member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.

[Photo: Luxor]

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