(Closed) Hotel Question from the advertising point of views

posted 5 years ago in LGBTQ
  • poll: How do you find the statement "Gay Friendly" on Hotel descriptions?
    Doesn't bother me : (7 votes)
    15 %
    Great to know we are welcome - but is not a deal-breaker : (12 votes)
    26 %
    I would ONLY stay in Hotels who state this : (0 votes)
    I find it patronising : (28 votes)
    60 %
  • Post # 3
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    1856 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I’m not gay, but have friends very firmly on both sides of this issue, so I do think that it tends to be hit to miss. One couple I’m friends with will only stay at places that promote themselves as gay-friendly when they travel outside of Canada/the US/Western Europe, as they’ve had some really uncomfortable experiences elsewhere. Another friend of mine thinks it’s patronising and stupid and won’t stay at places that advertise as such on principle. I do have a few friends who don’t really like the expression ‘gay friendly’ but like other signs that hotels are welcoming – diverse couples including gay couples in their advertising, or the hotel being a member of IGLTA.

    Post # 4
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    9917 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I can’t answer your poll.  The fact that places need to say gay friendly bothers me, because it means that there are places that are NOT gay friendly.  It’s an example of straight privilege, actually.  

    Post # 5
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    174 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I also work in Hospitality, and I had to complete a course through the LGBTG in Canada which allowed us to be advertised on their database and attend their wedding shows. I would never say “gay friendly” in any advertising. That is just insulting.

    Post # 6
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    5428 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I don’t understand why there should be a statement of that effect. There should be no discrimination, and no preferences, we are all human beings! I find this offensive as part of the human race.

    Post # 7
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    174 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @happyface:  You would think so right?? Its disgusting but a fact that there are still many people out there who are rude/racist/homophobic. Working in weddings, I saw more then one same sex couple come to get married at our hotel who had just been rejected from others.

    Post # 8
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    221 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I have to agree with a PP mentioned: I as a lesbian, I somewhat find it insulting that a business would make a difference, but then again, we live in a world that DOES make a difference between straight/ gay/ etc… That said, I don;t care what a business advertises in the US, Canada or Western Europe. In any othe rplace, I’d be enclined to book or use the services of a business that advertises as gay-friendly. Hope that makes sense and helps!

    Post # 9
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    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’m not gay but sort of feel like this is very insulting. Why are gays different than everyone else? I feel it’s similiar to a hotel years ago saying blacks welcome. These are people, and should be treated with respect regardless of sexual orientation. I don’t believe anyones sexual orientation should be a discussion when checking into a hotel. If I worked at the hotel and saw someone being treated poorly, I would kick that guests out that was being rude since that isn’t the type of behavior I would tolerate in an establishment.

    Post # 10
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    532 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Well I live in South Florida so all hotels are gay friendly down here lol.  But sometimes I see a commercial for a hotel in Key West that states its gay friendly, but by gay friendly it almost means its just for gays.  It has a clothing optional pool and half naked men chillin by the pool. 

    I think down here at least, when a place states its gay friendly it pretty much means it has an all around gay atmosphere to it and others are more than welcome to stay there, but its just a warning for lack of better words.

    By the way Fort Lauderdale is like the gay capital of the world so I think it’s a lot different down here. not as many judgemental people.

    Post # 12
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    10563 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I’ve seen stickers around universities that promote postive spaces.  I’ve even seen them on prof’s doors at a Christian university.

    Maybe putting something like that on an add, or on the homepage could help?  If I’m way off base, please let me know!

    Post # 13
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    814 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I went into a shop in Utah a few weeks ago that had a gay pride flag on the door, which I’m guessing is their way of saying they’re gay friendly. It’s really sad this still has to be done (but you know, Utah) but I totally see both sides. I’m not gay, but my sister is and I know she only stays at ‘gay friendly’ hotels because otherwise you have no idea what you’re going to get…

    Post # 14
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    1359 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    It wouldn’t offend me, but I think a better/more subtle way would be to include a gay couple in one of their photos on the site. 

    Post # 15
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    217 posts
    Helper bee

    @moonadea:  ITA! An ad that shows all different types of couples would get the point across clearly that they do not discriminate.

     

    And, yes, I do agree with PPs: one day, none of this will be necessary. Everyone will be treated with respect.

    Post # 16
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    340 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I was recently looking for a rental in New Orleans and there was a B&B that was owned by a gay couple that had GAY FRIENDLY all over it with some innuendos. It made me feel like they didn’t want straight business and I wondered why they advertised like that.

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