From posh cocktails to getting down and dirty, Vegas has it all. With tight jeans, boots and spurs, the Nevada Gay Rodeo Association ropes you in to the BigHorn Rodeo Sept. 19 through 21.

Join the fun with events including the BigHorn Rodeo Bar Crawl, the Speedos and Spurs Pool Party at the fabulous Blue Moon Resort, plus plenty of dancing and entertainment at Horseman's Park.

Gay Vegas will be in full swing for National Coming Out Day 2008. "The Loop," just off the Las Vegas Strip, boasts numerous alternative hotspots and will host its Street Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11. Come early and stay late for a weekend of pride in the city where anything goes.

Popular among celebrities, Piranha Nightclub and 8 1/2 Ultra Lounge feature a second floor with a fabulous view of the Strip. Krave, the original high-profile gay club on the Las Vegas Strip, is a glitzy warehouse disco featuring alternating boy parties that will have you craving for more.

After dark, myriad entertainment options await. Kick things off with one of the hottest shows on the strip -- ZUMANITY, The Sensual Side of Cirque du Soleil at New York-New York. It's provocative and seductive, and it dares you to leave all your inhibitions at the door.

If you are looking for legendary, the iconic trio of Bette, Elton and Cher has taken over The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Elton John's "The Red Piano," Bette Midler's "The Showgirl Must Go On" and Cher's timeless performances are a must-see any time of the year. Beginning September 9, Donny & Marie will headline the legendary Flamingo showroom.

Beginning this Fall, Paul Oakenfold, one of the world's leading DJ's, will hold court at Rain Nightclub in his first Resident DJ position in the United States. "Paul Oakenfold Presents: Perfecto Las Vegas" will take place every Saturday through Summer 2009.

Oakenfold is slated to perform 26 show dates with other internationally acclaimed DJs making cameos in his absence. Las Vegas also welcomes some of the biggest entertainment in the world including Janet Jackson on Sept. 19 and Madonna on Nov. 8 and 9.

For more information on the gay festivities happening in Vegas right now go to http://www.visitlasvegas.com/.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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