Vegas has always been a magnet for LGBTQ+ entertainers and two of the latest stars to take center stage recently gave Out Traveler insider tips for hitting The Strip. Plan to peel off your clothes!
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Kameron Michaels graced the runway on the tenth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and lip-synched all the way to the top three. Now, the talented queen has earned a spot as one of the main cast members on RuPaul’s Drag Race Live, performing nightly at Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
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Brigitte Navarrete makes up half of the popular EDM duo, the Deux Twins, alongside her sister Jaimee. The twins earned one of the most coveted residencies in Las Vegas at Wynn Nightlife’s hottest venues: XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club. Brigitte is also queer, making her one of the only female and LGBTQ+ mainstream DJs in the EDM genre.
Here are their exclusive insights into Sin City:
What is your one must-see place in Vegas?
Navarrete: I’ve never felt out of place being queer at the Wynn. Once you’ve been, you can’t go anywhere else!
Michaels: The Strip by itself is super fun. Just walking in and out of the hotels is enough! I had never been to The Venetian and just walking around was incredible. Outside of The Strip, there’s a lot of great hiking. I have yet to go to AREA15 and I keep seeing all of these cool ads for that.
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What are the essentials people need to pack for Sin City?
Navarrete: Bring multiple forms of ID. Keep one in the room in the safe! That’s just from personal experience. You know how it is. You’re out, then you have a flight to catch and you realize you lost your ID. There’s nothing worse!
Michaels: It gets super hot here, but I love the heat! I would much rather sweat and take off clothes than be cold and put clothes on.
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What are the top restaurants and bars?
Navarrete: There’s so much good food in Vegas. My personal favorite right now is Cipriani in the Wynn. I can’t go to Vegas and not get the Blue Cheese Gnocchi.
Michaels: Of course, we have Piranha and it’s probably my favorite gay bar in Las Vegas. Any random night of the week, there’s always something fun going on. They always have beautiful go-go boys, so who doesn’t like that?
When it comes to top entertainment options in Las Vegas, both queer artists had no shame in promoting their own shows.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Live performs nightly at Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.
Catch Brigitte as part of the Deux Twins, performing routinely at XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas.
This piece initially ran in Out Traveler Winter 2023 issue.