Gay days and nights, poolside

Who wouldn’t want to check out Sunkissed Sundays if attendees look this good?

The world sat up and took notice when Krave opened at Planet Hollywood (then the Aladdin), technically giving the Strip its first gay club. Then came Localites Media’s Eduardo Cordova’s The Closet Sundays at CatHouse, the first gay night in a mainstream in-casino nightclub. Now, Cordova is racking up more attention with Vegas’ first LGBT daytime pool party, giving the gay community a Rehab of its own!

Introducing Sunkissed Sundays at the Luxor beginning May 24th from noon-6 p.m. This LGBT-focused daytime pool party—currently the only of its kind—will welcome all men and women down to the Luxor’s south pool (two pools actually, with waterfalls!) for a high energy day featuring go-go dancers, and resident DJ Fuzion. Guest DJ Brett Rubin has the honors of kicking off Sunkissed’s soft opening on Sunday, May 24, while Jeffrey Sanker of White Party fame will host the grand opening on June 7 with DJs The Perry Twins.

The south pool also offers seven VIP cabanas with all-new furniture, relaxing hammocks, cold towels and henna tattoos. For those of you way out there in Cali, beginning on June 7, The Abbey Bar in Los Angeles will be loading up The Abbey Bus with Sunkissed partiers and depositing them at the Luxor for the pool party and later, The Closet Sundays at CatHouse. For around $125, they’re also kicking in the hotel room stay and transportation. But anyone can take advantage of the Luxor’s LGBT-friendly rates at, where a $49 Sunday room rate is available to all.

The Luxor pool is about to get fabulous.

“Because of the success of CatHouse,” says Sunkissed/The Closet promoter Cordova, “the Luxor has now paid more attention to the LGBT community. And that has opened the doors for this pool party. Our main goal is to make the Luxor a destination for the LGBT community.” Cordova explains that the current economic downturn has brought positive attention to the valuable dual-income gay dollar, what he calls the “affluent alternative” crowd. Luxor as well as Mandalay Bay and Paris were voted as the most gay-friendly casino hotels on the strip on for their marketing efforts towards the gay community. To insure the success of Sunkissed, Cordova has partnered with Mervat Berry of, the creator and promoter of The Blue Moon’s Banana Hammock boys’ pool party on Sundays.

Cordova says he is also in talks with Angel Management Group to bring a new gay night to Tabu on one of the ultralounge’s dark nights, something small and intimate. “I think the future holds a bright rainbow for Las Vegas!” says Cordova. So what’s next? “I would love to see a gay nightclub inside the Luxor.” Luxor, any thoughts?

On a similar note, if you find your self free on Sunday between Sunkissed and The Closet at CatHouse, every other week, SinCityQSocials is hosting SuperSoak Sunday night pool party at the Pond at Green Valley Ranch, 8 p.m.-midnight. The next one is May 24, then June 7 and every other Sunday thereafter until the finale on August 9. Start planning your swimwear ensemble accordingly.


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