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Las Vegas Rally and March Planned for International Whores Day 2018

We are not making this up.

On, June 2, 2018, Las Vegas sex worker advocacy groups plan to march in honor of International Whores Day.

The day is in commemoration of the occupation of Saint-Nizier Church in Lyon, France, by more than 100 sex workers in 1975 to protest police brutality and exploited working conditions.

According to the Las Vegas groups, International Whores Day is celebrated internationally and is “a day to assert collective power and make demands.”

One of the demands is for sex work to be decriminalized.

International Whores Day Las Vegas

In Spanish, June 2 is called “Dia Internacional de la Trabajadora Sexual,” or International Day of the Sex Worker.

The march will also protest the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) and Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) which became law on April 11, 2018.

Sex worker advocates assert that while these laws were originally framed as anti-trafficking, they are harming consensual sex workers and chilling free speech on the Internet.

The rally and march on June 2 will be preceded by workshops, including a protest safety workshop as well as “Know Your Rights” and “Political Outreach” workshops.

Affiliated organizations include Gender Justice Nevada, devoted to “changing law, policy, and attitudes so that all Nevadans can live safely, authentically and free from fear, violence and mistreatment regardless of their sex/gender identity or expression.”

Also taking part is Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) Behind Bars, a group whose mission is to “create community for incarcerated sex workers.”

Vegas sex workers march

It’s a popular misconception prostitution is legal in Las Vegas. Believe that and you’re screwed.

From the artwork above, you may have noticed the red umbrella is an important symbol for sex worker rights. The International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) adopted the red umbrella as a symbol of resistance to discrimination in 2005.

On a completely unrelated note, another large event is happening in Las Vegas on June 2. Specifically, the world’s largest orgy.

Hey, they don’t call it Sin City for nothing.

Fan of sex workers? You’ll love our story about the Moonline BunnyRanch brothel.

Find out more about International Whores Day at the official Web site, a sentence we never imagined we’d be writing when we started this Las Vegas blog.

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Las Vegas Set to Host World’s Largest Orgy

Hey, they don’t call it “Sin City” for nothing.

A group called Menage Life is hosting a world record attempt for the world’s largest orgy in Las Vegas on June 2, 2018.

According to the organizers of the event, called Sin City 8, as many as 1,000 people are expected to take part in the orgy world record, a phrase we never expected to type when we started this blog.

world record orgy Las Vegas

Organizers have said the event with have a masquerade theme, masks included, so participants can be assured of anonymity. Photos: Menage Life Web site.

The current documented record for the largest orgy, with a mere 500 participants, was set in Japan in 2006.

The world record co-mingling was featured in a film, “500 Person Sex,” directed by Yukitsugu Tsuchiya. And, yes, we’re using the term “directed” very loosely here.

We honestly don’t even consider that Japanese world record orgy a world record, because the 250 couples involved only had sex with each other.

Anyway, back to the Vegas world record.

It should be noted this won’t be an “official” world record, as no Guinness World Records adjudicator will be in attendance.

Someone should inquire with the Guinness World Records folks to see if there’s currently a record for “World’s Largest Walk of Shame.”

Vegas world's largest orgy

It appears Menage Life’s commitments overlap pretty much exactly with those of Las Vegas.

Now, for the details.

Tickets to the record attempt cost $25 for women, $200 for couples.

Unescorted men aren’t permitted to take part, despite the fact they’re the ones who would appreciate taking part the most.

According to the event’s official Web site, “All participants in the world record attempt will receive complimentary condoms, lube, hand towels, hand sanitizer and sexy swag.”

Coincidentally, Sexy Swag was the name of our band in high school.

Las Vegas largest orgy

It’s apparent these young women have devoted no time whatsoever to asking, “Hand sanitizer?”

Orgy participants are assured security officers will monitor the “play room” for the duration of the event, and mutual consent is required, of course.

The host company is doing a full buy-out of the Embassy Suites for the orgy world record gathering.

The orgy world record is just one of a number of events planned at Sin City 8, so feel free to visit the official Web site.

There’s never a dull moment in Las Vegas.

Unfortunately, we won’t be taking part in the world record orgy event at Embassy Suites in Las Vegas, for three simple reasons:

  1. Can you imagine the cramps from writing all those thank-you notes?
  2. We are old-fashioned and believe humiliation should happen between two people, a man a whoever we are disappointing.
  3. If we’re going to lose our orgy virginity, we sure as hell aren’t going to do it at an Embassy Suites.

If you decide to take part in these festivities, we’d love to hear about your experience. Brownie points for photos and sexy swag.

Here’s our exclusive interview with Kristy Auli, Media/Sponsorship Coordinator for Menage Life, the company hosting the world record orgy in Las Vegas.

Update (5/21/18): As we were the first to report, the world’s largest orgy attempt has been relocated from Embassy Suites to the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas. Apparently, the owner of Embassy Suites, Hilton, wasn’t thrilled when it found out about the activities planned for Sin City 8, and demanded Menage Life move its events.

Update (6/6/18): We spoke with Menage Life and confirmed the total number of participants in the world record orgy attempt was 375, but with a number of extenuating circumstances. It seems law enforcement presented the organizers with a cease-and-desist during the record attempt. During.

Organizers were forced to move the event to the Green Door swingers club, but many of the participants didn’t make the trip. There were more than 800 ticketed participants in Sin City 8.

We’re thinking there should be a world record for “Biggest Coitus Interruptus, Ever.”

As for the initial issues with the Embassy Suites location, it’s interesting to note the venue (and its parent company, Hilton) were apparently nonplussed about the Sin City 8 gathering until it was featured in a segment on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” at which time company executives made it clear the organizers could not hold their events at the hotel, other than providing rooms for participants.

Menage Life says it will try the record attempt again next year, lessons learned.

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Bollard Installation Along Las Vegas Strip Decimates Las Vegas Walk of Stars

The Las Vegas Walk of Stars has always been an awkward rip-off of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but it’s our awkward rip-off of the Hollywood Walk of Fame!

The recent installation of safety bollards along Las Vegas Boulevard has resulted in the destruction of 49 stars honoring Las Vegas entertainers and other dignitaries.

Gloria Estefan


Emilio and Gloria Estefan received a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in 2010. Their star was not affected by the recent brouhaha. It’s at the entrance to the Flamingo.

Bollards, of course, are steel posts intended to prevent morons and terrorists (which, we realize, is redundant) from driving onto sidewalks to run people over. Because asshattery.

Apparently, the stars were too fragile to relocate. Just 33 of the stars remain intact.

Of the 49 stars destroyed by the bollard installation, upwards of five belonged to actual celebrities.

Those celebrities included Wayne Newton, Liberace, Rich Little, John Stuart, Sammy Davis Jr. and Elvis Presley.

Wayne Newton’s star was the first to be added to the Las Vegas Walk of Stars back in 2004.

Visit the KTNV Web site for the full list of stars obliterated by the bollard installation.

Bollards Las Vegas Strip

No, “bollards” is not a British obscenity. Probably.

Why is the Las Vegas Walk of Stars awkward, you ask? Well, because pretty much anyone can get one if they pony up the required fee.

A donation of $20,000 is required for each star. Additional “pomp and circumstances” can add to that cost. We are not making this up.

Bob Alexander, president of the Las Vegas Walk of Fame, says each tribute costs $5,000. You do the math.

Some stars are fully earned and warranted, of course.

Our all-time favorite Elvis tribute artist, Pete “Big Elvis” Vallee, was the most recent recipient of a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars, and if they try ripping his up, they’ll have to do so over this blog’s dead body. Yes, Vallee is a friend, but he’s also worked his ass off, so to speak, to become a Las Vegas icon.

Pete Vallee star

If you haven’t seen Pete Vallee’s free show at Harrah’s, you haven’t done Vegas.

The goofy charm of the Las Vegas Walk of Stars stretches four miles along the Las Vegas Strip between Sahara Ave. and Russell Blvd.

While the removal of the stars is bittersweet for some, we’ve been an advocate of installing bollards for quite a while and are happy there’s been progress creating a safer environment for pedestrians along The Strip.

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Steve Wynn Steps Down Following Flood of Sexual Harassment Claims

Can someone simultaneously be a visionary casino mogul and unrepentant sexual predator?You bet your ass.

Steve Wynn has stepped down as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Wynn Resorts following a flood of sexual harassment allegations.

Wynn’s tumultuous fall from grace was sparked by a story in the Wall Street Journal on Jan. 27, 2018.

Steve Wynn

He did it his way. Which, upon reflection, wasn’t the way.

The Wall Street Journal story barely scratched the surface of decades of bad behavior considered an open secret to those who have worked with, and for, Steve Wynn.

Steve Wynn’s resignation was seen as inevitable by many.

There’s a lot that’s sad about this story. Primarily, it’s sad myriad women have had to endure mistreatment by Steve Wynn and others in a culture he fostered. The system failed, and it took a tectonic shift in our culture to finally hold Steve Wynn accountable for his misdeeds.

It’s sad this story had to be published by a national newspaper, rather than the Las Vegas Review-Journal or another local publication, especially when Wynn’s sexual misbehavior was common knowledge for years.

It’s also sad so many employees will be harmed by Wynn’s seeming inability to grasp he’s done anything wrong.

Wynn’s tone-deaf statement about the resignation is telling.

“In the last couple of weeks, I have found myself the focus of an avalanche of negative publicity,” says Wynn.

You didn’t find yourself anything, Mr. Wynn. You caused this. You’re not a victim. The victims are victims. You’re not a victim of the media or even your ex-wife. You did despicable things. For decades.

Steve Wynn chip

We are barely making this up.

Wynn continues, “As I have reflected upon the environment this has created, one in which a rush to judgment takes precedence over everything else, including the facts, I have reached the conclusion I cannot continue to be effective in my current roles.”

Sorry, but you just went from delusional egomanic to full-blown sleazeball, Mr. Wynn.

Women are standing up for themselves. Powerful, wealthy men don’t get to abuse women anymore. That’s not an “environment,” it’s not hysteria and no one’s rushing to judgment. They’re holding you responsible for your actions. They’re finally getting some semblance of justice, and you can’t buy or spin your way out of this.

Steve Wynn obviously has a metric hell-ton more reflecting to do.

Here’s our favorite part of the statement: “Therefore, effective immediately, I have decided to step down as CEO and Chairman of the Board of Wynn Resorts, a company I founded and that I love.”

We’ll let the “love” thing slide, despite the fact your sexual harassment claims have cost the company you love billions in market value, Mr. Wynn.

Wynn Resorts stock is down about 18% since the sexual harassment allegations broke, or a loss of market value approaching $4 billion.

The rest of the statement touts how great Wynn Resorts is. Nobody’s denying that. It’s just not relevant.

Tacos El Gordo

“We’re not with him.” ~Tacos El Gordo

It does get creepy when Wynn says, “Most of all, I am proud of our employees.”

Which employees are those? The ones you forced to have sex, Mr. Wynn? Maybe “proud” isn’t the right word for those particular employees. Thankful, perhaps. Thankful they allowed you to bully them into silence. Or thankful they accepted your money to go away. (Wynn admitted to paying a $7.5 million settlement to a manicurist who claimed he coerced her into having sex. There was also a paternity claim involved.)

The statement goes on to say Matt Maddox will take over the position of CEO of Wynn Resorts. Maddox currently serves as the President of Wynn Resorts, and has been described as a “trusted confidant.” What could possibly go wrong?

The tricky part of any succession plan, of course, is that everyone at Wynn Resorts knew about the long history of sexual harassment allegations against Steve Wynn. Virtually everyone turned a blind eye. Everyone.

Another unpleasant reality of Wynn’s resignation is it may be an excuse for regulatory agencies and the Wynn Resorts board to discontinue their investigations into his behavior. This lets those who were complicit off the hook.

Wynn Las Vegas

We look forward to a time when this company gets back to making pretty things.

For now, though, the victims of Steve Wynn can take some consolation in the fact he’s out.

Wynn is working his way through the sex scandal playbook, and as reality begins to sink in, we’ll soon see him embark on what’s known as an “Apology Tour” where he acknowledges what he did and feigns contrition because he desperately wants to try and salvage his legacy.

Or he’ll just keep blaming his downfall on an unfair media and an ugly divorce.

Steve Wynn’s resignation slaps a giant question mark on several announced projects in Las Vegas, including Wynn Paradise Park and Wynn West, a resort planned for the abandoned Alon site.

Wynn’s departure has an even greater impact than Las Vegas because of Wynn Resorts businesses in Macau (where Wynn Resorts makes most of its revenue) and Massachusetts (Wynn Boston Harbor was likely to have its plugged pulled as a result of the Wynn allegations).

The revelations about Steve Wynn, and his subsequent resignation, have shaken Las Vegas to its foundations. Wynn’s influence will be felt for as long as Las Vegas exists, even if you won’t be able to find his name on any of its hotels. Just give it time.

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Casino Mogul Steve Wynn Slammed With Sexual Misconduct Allegations

It’s the story that’s rocked Las Vegas to its core. Dozens of women have accused visionary casino mogul Steve Wynn of sexual misconduct.

An explosive story in the Wall Street Journal has confirmed what Las Vegas insiders have known for decades, and now the fortunes of Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts are uncertain.

According to the Wall Street Journal, 150 people were contacted and dozens have come forward to share experiences ranging from awkward to outrageous to downright shocking involving Steve Wynn. The article sheds light on an alleged pattern of predatory interactions with women, many of whom were Wynn’s subordinates.

Or as Las Vegas keno runners refer to it: Tuesday.

Steve Wynn

His day of reckoning has arrived, and Steve Wynn is in for a bumpy ride.

The Wall Street Journal story also answers a question many Vegas observers have wondered about: How much did Steve Wynn pay to settle an allegation by a manicurist who claimed he coerced into having sex? The answer: $7.5 million.

Steve Wynn has dismissed the allegations of sexual impropriety, deeming the dozens and dozens of stories by dozens and dozens of women as “preposterous.”

preposterous

As if you needed further proof we are not an actual journalist.

We can’t really do justice when it comes to the quantity or creepiness of the allegations, so check them out if you haven’t already.

The Wall Street Journal revelations came as a surprise to precisely zero people familiar with Steve Wynn and the untold number of executives and members of the media who turned a blind eye to his behavior through the years.

The Wall Street Journal story, which has received international media coverage, has had some immediate fallout.

On the day the story was released, Wynn Resorts lost 10% of its market value, which translates into a mind-boggling $2 billion. In a day.

Steve Wynn has also resigned as the finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.

There have been calls for Wynn to be investigated or removed as Chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts.

The Wynn Resorts board of directors has also formed a committee to investigate the allegations of sexual misconduct. Thirteen years after the $7.5 million settlement.

It’s been reported the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has opened a probe into Wynn Resorts.

Wynn Las Vegas

Maybe they should’ve done this on a dry erase board.

So, what does all this mean for Steve Wynn, Wynn Resorts and Las Vegas?

Well, it most certainly means Steve Wynn’s impressive legacy has been tarnished for good. No matter what successes he’s had, there will always be an asterisk next to his name. Think Woody Allen, but with a better art collection.

It’s difficult to see a scenario where Steve Wynn doesn’t have to step down from running Wynn Resorts. The evidence of bad, and possibly illegal, behavior is overwhelming.

Wynn Resorts is in for some tough times. Steve Wynn is personally intertwined with the company. He is, in essence, the brand. His leadership and vision and sensibility have built the company into both the world’s most-admired casino company and the most profitable on The Strip.

While some investors in Wynn Resorts stock may see the dramatic drop in value as an opportunity to buy, we’re pretty sure this is just the beginning of the pain. We’ve seen previously unreported allegations by Wynn’s former wife, Elaine Wynn, and while the upcoming controversy is likely to be less sexy than the current firestorm, it’s going to be another huge blow to investors and Wynn’s company.

Wynn Las Vegas atrium

Whatever his transgressions, there’s no denying Steve Wynn has brought many beautiful things to Las Vegas.

As the days go by, it seems likely Steve Wynn’s new reality is going to sink in. At the moment, he’s fully committed to the victim narrative (Wynn is blaming his ex-wife for the accusations—talk about preposterous), but that will change as pressure mounts.

The sex scandal playbook requires that, at some point, Steve Wynn publicly apologize and “take full responsibility” for his actions.

Odds are he’ll step down, making it clear he’s only doing it to avoid hardships for the stockholders and his beloved employees, followed by some well-crafted blah, blah, blah.

There’s a chance Wynn’s gaming license could be revoked. (A license holder must someone of “good character, honesty and integrity,” among other things.)

We’d also place a small wager on Wynn saying he’s entering into treatment for a “sex addiction.” It’s not like the wheel’s being re-invented here.

Oh, and there has to be a class action lawsuit in the offing. Wynn’s pockets are just too deep (his estimated worth is $3.5 billion) for the bottom-feeders to resist.

We also suspect revelations about the misbehavior of high-placed casino executives has just begun. As with Harvey Weinstein, the floodgates have been opened, and it seems inevitable other women will now find the courage to speak out about a culture of exploitation that’s been pervasive in Las Vegas since the day it was conceived.

All bets are off on the hush money paid to victims through the years in Las Vegas, and it’s about time these serial perpetrators receive their comeuppance. (Rumor has it a number of casino executives fled town after the Wall Street Journal story broke, to “reconnect with family” and, presumably, pray.)

Who are the executives likely to be caught up in the Las Vegas edition of the #MeToo movement? Ask any dealer, bartender or cocktail waitress. They all know the names.

Le Reve Wynn Las Vegas

We’ve given up hope this is all just a bad “rêve.”

The good news is, of course, the day of reckoning for Steve Wynn is a rallying cry for women who have endured unwanted sexual advances and abhorrent behavior in casinos and elsewhere. They no longer have to feel intimidated or powerless. If Steve Wynn, the self-proclaimed “most powerful man in Nevada,” can be held accountable for his sexual misdeeds, anyone can.

That said, this blog counts itself among those who are rattled and dismayed by the Steve Wynn revelations because Steve Wynn, in large part, made Las Vegas what it is, and we really, really love Las Vegas.

We love that Wynn Resorts has planned so many new, beautiful things for us to enjoy, and we’d hate to see those plans derailed because Steve Wynn can’t keep his towel on or grasp that “no” means “no.”

We suspect some of the announced Wynn Resorts projects will be delayed, while others are likely to be halted, as this trainwreck works itself out.

Wynn letter

Update (1/28/18): The precise moment you realize you’ve sold your soul. Thanks to Rebecca Ballhaus at the Wall Street Journal for the photo.

The Steve Wynn sexual misbehavior scandal has set in motion forces that will change Las Vegas forever, and ultimately for the better. As long as you’re not Steve Wynn.

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How to Tell It’s Winter in Las Vegas

When temperatures hit bone-chilling winter lows in Las Vegas, it’s easy to tell.

Here’s a photo taken during our blizzard conditions expected to continue through mid-January .

Winter showgirl

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

The cold snap has seen temps dip below 70-degrees in some parts of Las Vegas, but it feels even colder if you figure in the wind chill factor.

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