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'Even Straight People' Welcome In Vegas, Says Ad Campaign

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Hoping to entice more gay travelers to their glittering strip, the Las Vegas tourist board commissioned a series of ads featuring average looking middle aged straight couples amidst gay and lesbian revelry. The captions read "Everyone's welcome; even straight people."

I've included three other examples, via BuzzFeed, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Sorry, I have several problems with these ads.

    They continue to create a division between straight and gay and foster an "us vs. them" mentality. Rather than being an inclusive situation where it didn't matter if you were gay or straight, good looking or plain in order to enjoy a specific location, this kind of ad seems to say "OK, come look at us in Vegas" as if gay people were some kind of zoo animal or tourist attraction.

    As well, it perpetuates a totally cliché image of gay people that really no longer exists: groomed to the max, perfect clothing and hair, young and fit (with the added layer of the lie that lesbians and gay men never mix).

    Someone at that ad agency forgot that gays come in all sizes and shapes and most of us are not models.

    All in all, a horribly stupid campaign. And Vegas is truly a toilet anyway that most people should avoid.

    Posted by: johnny | Jan 20, 2013 10:00:15 PM


  2. Every city has its share of sleaziness (talking to you, NYC and LA). Vegas may not be a model propriety, but just like any other town, it is what you make of it. I've always enjoyed the times I've spent there.

    Posted by: Brian | Jan 20, 2013 11:02:38 PM


  3. Las Vegas is not for gay people. Period.

    Posted by: Brent | Jan 20, 2013 11:12:59 PM


  4. There is little sense of gay community or even good nightlife for gays in Vegas. I was there this summer around Pride and it was laughable. I will not return and these ads are misleading.

    Posted by: Jen | Jan 21, 2013 1:14:05 AM


  5. My ex and I were always treated fine in Vegas. But if you don't like nature (outside the city) or gambling or expensive shows, it's not somewhere you want to go. Not because it's antigay, but because you'll run out of things to do within a few days.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 21, 2013 4:52:51 AM


  6. Absurd. Las Vegas is a sh*thole and will always be a sh*thole. Go beyond the glitz and glitter of The Strip and you find a very sad, very dysfunctional city that exists only because of irrigation. Without the wasting of millions of gallons of water a year, Las Vegas would still be a dusty one-horse town, lost in the vast expanse of the unforgiving Nevada desert. Why in the hell would any sane, principled, gay or lesbian person ever think of vacationing in that tacky, tawdry, pathetic excuse for a city?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 21, 2013 12:53:22 PM


  7. I've been to a couple of gay events in Las Vegas. At one the hotel staff insisted on wearing rubber gloves to handle towels at the pool side because gays were in the pool and the staff did not want to catch AIDS. At another hotel security patrolled the halls and stairwells to prevent any display of male/male affection - this from the city that regularly hosts hooker and tailhook conventions. Vegas friendly to gays? That'll be the day.

    Posted by: TB | Jan 21, 2013 8:38:06 PM


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