A new online travel information and social networking portal – called Gaypedia – launched this week and hopes to become the largest database of destinations, venues and events specifically designed for gay and lesbian travelers.
It’s a user-generated and editorially produced travel information site that allows users to search for venues and events in a given location during specified dates. Visitors who sign up for membership can also add content, upload photos and videos, and post about events and vacations which can be shared with Gaypedia members.
The site celebrated it’s launch by giving a lucky couple a romantic two-night stay in Dublin, Ireland.
“The gay world changes so quickly that we were finding information in travel guides to be constantly out-of-date or inaccurate,” explains Gaypedia’s Ryan Haynes. “With such a large international gay community and pride festivals getting bigger and bigger we designed a site where gays and lesbians can find everything in one place.”
While the Gaypedia team will continue to add content, members can share their knowledge on the site. Venue owners and managers will also have special privileges to update and add relevant information about their property including event details. Gaypedia.com launches with over 45 destinations, 1,500 venues and nearly 100 events worldwide; its fully integrated mapping service identifies where all venues and events are within a chosen city.
Haynes says, “It was essential we included a section detailing legislation and equality for homosexuals in each destination, many countries still discriminate against us however there is often a strong underground gay scene. Gaypedia will give travelers the insider information.”
The portal also provides the current top five destinations, venues and events; review, rating and blogging capabilities; member profiling and social networking tools including chat; and a unique gay Googling tool.
Article adapted by ProudParenting.com from original press release.