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The Atlantic City the LGBTQ community used to know is no more

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Be Visable had one outing on the Atlantic City beach before COVID-19 closures Be Visable seeks to bring LGBTQ events back to the area

In past years Atlantic City was one of the unique vacation spots in New Jersey. It was most sought after in the Mid-Atlantic region by the LGBTQ community to visit. Between the casinos and the local bars, it was a hot spot destination, especially during the warmer seasons. At a Be Visable meet-up in Atlantic City Be Visible ’s founder Tom Gouker feels the Atlantic City the LGBTQ community used to know is no more.

“It was a hot-spot for gay travel for years, but when I arrived in 2007 the hot-spot was a faint memory,” Gouker says. “What we had was a large population of gay casino workers who lived in the area and had nowhere to go. At the time, the casinos were not even pro-gay; there were a lot of closeted employees.”

After going out and meeting people the old fashioned way, Gouker conversed with a gay couple visiting from San Diego. They said that there was a similar problem within their community in California. The couple started hosting weekly “pot lucks” in their […]

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