Our Super Awesome Gay Staycation at Borgata’s Water Club

The pool at Immersion Spa.

The pool at Immersion Spa.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of The Water Club at Borgata: I’ve been going there for a long time because, well, it’s just over an hour away from Philly and it’s a super easy escape from the drudge of city life, especially if I don’t have a ton of time to take a huge vacation. But, Borgata got all the more attractive when they started their LGBT initiative earlier this year, OUT at Borgata, that aims to not only bring more gay bucks to the entertainment establishment but create an inclusive, affordable, enhanced environment for their LGBT guests. There are a lot of places that are aiming to compete for our dollars, but I can say from experience that Borgata really does an extremely fine job. In short, they deserve our business. Read more »

5 Things We Learned About Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho at Borgata's Music Box on Saturday.

Margaret Cho at Borgata’s Music Box on Saturday.

Margaret Cho is beyond a force to be reckoned with. Her set this past Saturday at Atlantic City’s Borgata, part of their OUT at Borgata program, was seriously one of the best stand-up acts I’ve ever seen, if for no other reason that Ms. Cho is so openly self-deprecating, so personally vulnerable in her show, that you can’t help but love every minute of her act. Of course, a part of why audiences love her is that she reveals a lot. Even hard-core Cho fans learn something new when they see her live. Here are five things that we found out, for better or worse, about the great Margaret Cho from her Saturday program. Read more »

Your Day-by-Day Guide to Sandblast 2015

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Atlantic City has never been more gay.

That’s essentially the point of Sandblast 2015, the annual multi-day beach and pool party that features something for just about everyone in AC. From underwear parties to a women’s white party to lounging at the pool to Margaret Freaking Cho, this year’s line up is a heck of a lot of fun. We’re breaking down the festivities day-by-day for you so you can find the right events for your summer beach experience. Read more »

Borgata Becomes New Home for AC’s Miss’d America Pageant

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The Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance, the Schultz-Hill Scholarship Foundation, and Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa announced that the annual Miss’d America Pageant has found a new home, right at Borgata. The event, which will take place on Saturday, September 26 at 8:30 pm, features Carson Kressley as the fabulous host (and a TBA musical guest). Read more »

Schedule Announced for Gay Beach Party Sand Blast

Shot from last year's Sand Blast. | Photo by Alexander Kacala

Shot from last year’s Sand Blast. | Photo by Alexander Kacala

Event producers Brad Hurtado and Bruce Yelk have released the full itinerary for Sand Blast, what they’re billing as the largest mid-Atlantic summer gay and lesbian beach party. The festivities are taking place July 17th through the 19th in Atlantic City for the second year in a row. It comprises three days of beach parties, dancing, entertainment and I’m guessing lots of other things that are too risqué to mention here.

Hurtado reports that 1,100 men and women showed up for last year’s Sand Blast, and they’re expecting even more in 2015. The big news this year is that the main beach party is moving from Saturday to Sunday, and they’ve wrangled Margaret Cho for an evening of comedy and mom jokes at the Borgata, and a lineup of DJs from around the world.

Weekend passes are on sale now, and individual event tickets are up for grabs starting Friday,  May 29th. To give you a little taste of what you’re in for, check out the three-day itinerary below. For more information and to buy tickets, go here.

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WATCH THIS: Take a Virtual Tour of Borgata’s New Festival Park, and See What Performers Are Lined Up

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Atlantic City’s Borgata will be introducing a unique new venue this summer for entertainment: the Festival Park, a 4,500-capacity space that will host performers, dance music parties, and food festivals. The space, which is set to open on June 13 with a concert featuring The Hooters, G. Love and Special Sauce, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, will be the newest addition to the hotel resort and one of the more exciting features for the Jersey shore this summer. Below you can watch a virtual tour of what the space will look like when it opens:

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Margaret Cho to Play Atlantic City’s Borgata

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Everyone’s favorite comedienne Margaret Cho will be returning to our area this July at Borgata Hotel, Casino, and Spa in Atlantic City.

The outlandish Cho, who is openly bisexual and a staunch advocate for the LGBTQ community, will be playing Borgata’s The Music Box on July 18 at 9:00pm. More information can be found via Borgata’s website.

No post about Cho could be complete without a video of her, and, of course, we found an April 2013 episode of In Bed With Joan with the late Joan Rivers, where Cho calls herself the “Helen Keller of STDs.”

My First Big Gay Atlantic City Weekend

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This weekend was not only my first big gay weekend at the Borgata Hotel & Casino, it was my first time going to Atlantic City, period.

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Our carload on the way to Atlantic City. I’m the one in the back with the dark beard.

A group of us from G Philly—and other queer folks from up and down the East Coast—were invited down to stay two nights at the Borgata (you can’t miss its shimmering gold towers as you enter Atlantic City) for the hotel and casino’s first OUT at Borgata weekend. This was the kickoff event for their new initiative to lure down queer folks to AC with parties and entertainment catering to the LGBT crowd. For the opener they invited ’90s songstress Sarah McClachlan and comedian Kathy Griffin.

But the entertainment’s only a fraction of the draw to the Borgata. Once you’re there, you’re in a city all its own, full of top-notch restaurants, a luxurious spa, and shopping if you’re not in the mood to Jitney over to the nearby Tanger Outlets (which is worth a trip if you have the time).

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