State tourism officials launch LGBT website

Gay.TravelNevada.com, launched by the Nevada Tourism Commission, lists events of interest to the gay community and LGBT-friendly hotel properties.

The Nevada Tourism Commission has launched a new website catering to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The site, gay.travelnevada.com, lists events of interest to the gay community and LGBT-friendly hotel properties.

Among the Las Vegas events listed on the site are Gay Nights Las Vegas Aug. 4-7, Las Vegas Pride Sept. 16-17, the EnGAYgement wedding and commitment ceremony event Oct. 9, Coronation Weekend Dec. 1-4 and GayDayS Las Vegas Sept. 4-10, 2012.

The Reno Rainbow Fest, Reno Gay Pride and Lake Tahoe Winterfest Gay and Lesbian Ski Week also are listed.

Several Las Vegas resorts are listed as gay-friendly on the site.

“The Nevada Commission on Tourism recognizes the importance of this vast market to Nevada’s tourism industry,” said commission interim director Larry Friedman. “We continually expand and improve our efforts to reach potential visitors and that is why we developed this new website that offers need-to-know information for the LGBT community.”

Community Marketing Inc., San Francisco, estimates LGBT travel business is a $60 billion industry in the United States and Las Vegas is one of the top three U.S. destinations for LGBT travelers.

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  1. Chunky says:

    Good move! We need all the business we can get here in the Valley!

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  2. Yeah, let the gays know just when & where to hook up and spread the HIV virus. Sure sounds great to me.

  3. "...why are they silent about supporting gay marriage in Nevada?"

    FRM -- being a government entity it's bound by the laws of its creation, which includes the Constitution's Article I, Section 21.

    "The conservative movement, to which I subscribe, has as one of its basic tenets the belief that government should stay out of people's private lives. Government governs best when it governs least - and stays out of the impossible task of legislating morality. But legislating someone's version of morality is exactly what we do by perpetuating discrimination against gays." -- Senator Barry Goldwater (1909-1998), from his "Ban on Gays is Senseless Attempt to Stall the Inevitable"

  4. Not sure exactly what makes the hotels and attractions listed on the website more gay friendly than others that are not listed. Nevada will never be San Francisco, but I guess we can't fault the state for trying. Perhaps, if the Tourism Commission offered more than they take others won't see this as a thinly veiled grab for more cash.