[Tagging] Out of the bars and onto the map: An lgbtq:*=* tagging scheme?

Paul Johnson baloo at ursamundi.org
Thu Oct 25 03:59:28 UTC 2018

On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 4:12 PM Graeme Fitzpatrick <graemefitz1 at gmail.com>

> I've seen & wondered about the "gay" classification on places before.
> When going on holidays & checking accommodation / travel guides for
> options, you often see a number of hotels / motels which are listed as "gay
> friendly". Does this mean only gays stay there / a majority of guests are
> straight but gays are also welcome or what?
> To me, with a young family, it's always meant that we're not staying at
> that place!

In Oklahoma at least, I find "gay friendly" to be essentially a worthless
identifier or someplace that's a little more social than you would normally
expect from such a business (but tends to attract and cater to a *much* older
crowd, and I'm 36).  Everyplace is gay friendly, and it's not hurting your
family.  Those who are catering specifically to the gay community tend to
be nightclubs and vacation resorts at this point, in which case, it's not
family friendly because it's gay, it's not family friendly because kids
aren't allowed on the property because the liquor and/or gambling laws
either severely restrict where kids can go or ban them outright in the
first place.

However, I can say if I were in someplace more hostile (such as India) or
illegal (like, say, the UAE), and traveling with my boyfriend, I do know
that I'd probably avoid someplace that openly advertised itself as gay
friendly just because that would be an unwanted police and/or violence
magnet, and if we did seek out such an establishment it would be
exclusively under the guidance of a local we know and trust extremely well
(so, at least in the above example regions, we'd just not try since we
don't know anybody in either place).
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