New Gay Beach Opening in Atlantic City

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Just got word that Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian is set to announce details about a new LGBT-friendly beach in AC.


Details are sparse, since he isn't making the announcement until next Monday, but I do know the beach will be located at Park Place and The Boardwalk.

Besides mention of the beach, Guardian will also share details on three major LGBT events happening in Atlantic City this summer and fall: Sandblast Weekend (July 18-20), the 2014 Miss'd America Pageant (September 28th) and the Stand Out LGBT Expo (September 26-28.)

It's shaping up to be quite a gay year in AC. I'm wondering, does all this news — especially the gay beach — make you more interested in spending time in Atlantic City this summer?

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  • Fuzziness

    Okay…so how is this making the LGBT community equal to everyone else? It gets annoying seeing all these things that single out and label people in that community. If everyone is equal, why isn’t it just a beach and not a gay-friendly beach (whatever that even means – guess sand discriminates?).

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  • Wren

    I’m sorry I didn’t realize that the current beaches were only open to straight people. Last I checked anyone can go to any beach. This whole thing sounds ridiculous

    • Michael Graziano

      Indeed. I fail to see how this is a good thing. Would “colored-friendly drinking fountains” have been a civil rights victory?

  • João

    Kind of cool. Let’s face it, though: this will be no Ipanema (or Fire Island, for that matter).

  • R

    All of you who say that this singles is just funny. We all know that we love to have little places to call our own and to feel comfortable without having to worry about what straight people think.

    • J

      i dont care if your gay or lesbian or whatever.. youre free to come to the beach whenever.. i dont judge. shoot people will always judge other regardless.. just do you!

  • Bob

    This is still Atlantic City the cesspool of New Jersey.

  • Brooklyn

    Atlantic City has a long and vibrant gay history including using the beach at Park Place & the boardwalk as their gathering place. New York Ave was lined with gay nightspots and the beach was packed with guys on weekends. With the influx of the casinos ripping into the neighborhoods that changed and the gay community moved on. This sounds like a good step toward bringing some of that community back together and having the mayor leading the way is a great way to draw attention.

    Having Sand Blast beach party weekend come to AC is great news. Sand Blast helped bring the gay community into Asbury Park, which had a terrible reputation and their beaches and boardwalk and downtown were empty for decades. Soon the straight community followed our lead and now AP is a vibrant destination packed with entertainment options and community involvement. AC has similar troubles to AP but step by step things CAN improve and this sounds like a good way to start.

  • J

    I never knew that AC beach wasnt open to the LGBT community (sarcasm) its free to everyone.. and i dont care if your gay straight bi, white or black…just be sure to pick up your trash on the beach. I live in AC and a frequent beach goer. thats all i ask ^_^

  • confused

    I thought we were fighting to END segregation!

  • confused

    are we going to have a married couples beach, a beach for kids, a latino beach, an asian beach, hell lets segregate the disabled too … give them their own beach!!! WTH people!!!! cant we just all be together…. ????