Atlantic City has been recognized as one of the “Top Five Up and Coming Gay Destinations” by GayTravel.com, an online travel magazine dedicated to the LGLBT tourist. AC came in at number two on the list. Advocates say the city is blossoming as a destination for gay and lesbian travelers because of a variety of new nightlife, musical theatre debuts and chart-topping entertainment.
Visitors interested in the party scene can head to Atlantic City’s first gay casino nightclub, Prohibition, a 1920s-styled nightclub recently opened on the 13th floor in Resorts Casino Hotel, or the Westside Bar and Lounge on N. Arkansas Ave. (just behind the Convention Center), a popular club known for its world-renowned DJs, drink specials and dancers. Additionally, Ram’s Head Inn, off U.S. Route 30 in nearby Galloway Township transforms into a low-key piano bar every Monday evening with Out at the Inn, featuring live music, drink specials and performances.
A number of shows have recently debuted in Atlantic City including “42nd Street,” the story of an aspiring chorus girl and her journey to stardom, and “Believe – Diva’s In A Man’s World,” the “don’t miss” drag show of the year featuring famous celebrity impersonators such as Cher, Lady GaGa and Tina Turner, both running at Resorts Casino Hotel. Just a short stroll down the Boardwalk, Tropicana Casino and Resort is hosting “Best of Broadway,” a musical celebration featuring excerpts from Broadways most popular shows.
Atlantic City is also home to annual events with a LGLBT appeal including: the Miss’d America Pageant, held in January. It is a spoof of the Miss America Pageant and features drag queens competing in categories such as swimwear, eveningwear and talent; the three-day Out in AC event, held each October, is a Halloween-inspired festival with pool parties, celebrity appearances and much more; and the Valentine’s Day Group Wedding, Vow Renewal and Civil Union Ceremony, a non-denominational ceremony free for all participants is also planned.
For more information about gay Atlantic City visit the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance at www.acglbt.com.