True Colors in Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Story by Jeff Guaracino
There isn't much that's gay about Atlantic City, New Jersey, at least not until Cyndi Lauper comes to the casino on the beach town with her friends Rosie O’Donnell, the B-52s, Deborah Cox and Kate DeLuna for her True Color’s Tour, Back for More in 2008at the billion-dollar Borgata Casino and Spa.
This five-hour mega-concert showcased many of Cyndi’s new tracks off her just-released album, Bring Ya To The Brink and Rosie even surprised the audience by singing back-up to Cyndi’s new song, “Rocking Chair.” Later in Cyndi’s set, Rosie fulfilled her self-proclaimed childhood dream of playing drums for a rock star.
The True Colors Tour experience was certainly a family affair. About 1,000 gay and lesbian people converged in Atlantic City for the concert. Cyndi and Rosie even brought their children who made appearances on stage. The tour, sponsored by American Airlines, benefits the Human Rights Campaign and PFLAG.
There are no gay bars in Atlantic City but The Borgata threw a fantastic post-concert party, the True Colors Mixx, hosted by Carson Kressley with music by Brett Hendrickson and a special set by Lady Miss Kier from Dee-light. Deborah Cox and the B52s partied until around 3 a.m.
This month, the Borgata is also opening a brand new signature hotel, The Water Club, which feels more like a boutique hotel with nightly turn-down service and an eye for luxury. While the hotel is still working out the kinks, the staff is perfectly well-trained for gay guests and worth a visit this summer.