At Matador Network, our guiding principle is that all people deserve the opportunity to make travel a central pillar of their lives. LGBTQ+ people in particular might still face discrimination in many places, but that shouldn’t stop them from traveling fearlessly. So we’re taking this Pride Month to share resources that will help make travel safe and fun for the LGBTQ+ community. We also believe that LGBTQ+ stories need to be told all year around, not just during one month of the year. But Pride Month is a special time to honor LGBTQ+ stories and elevate our queer writers’ voices, to center what travel looks like through their lens.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most people celebrated Pride privately last year. But in 2021, LGBTQ+ people will once again be able to uplift and celebrate their communities through parades, parties, and rallies. There are at least five US cities celebrating Pride in person this year! Pride Month is also an occasion for reflection and reconnection to the LGBTQ+ community’s long history of activism and advocacy. Travelers can connect with that history by visiting some of the most important LGBTQ landmarks in the US.
There is still so much work to be done to ensure that LGBTQ+ people are treated not just equally, but with respect and dignity. We’re committed to helping queer people of all identities explore the planet on their own terms, so we’ve created guides to get you where you want to be. If you identify as transgender, we’ve created a guide about how to stay safe while seeing the world. If you’re interested in Europe, these are the 10 most LGBTQ-friendly countries. Even if you don’t identify as a part of the LGBTQ+ community, you’re not off the hook. Now’s your chance to step up and become a better queer ally while traveling.
No matter who you are or how you identify, everyone deserves the chance to explore our beautiful, diverse planet. So get out of your comfort zone, connect with communities around the globe, and pursue the adventures of your wildest dreams — this month and every month.
Produced by: Katie Scott Aiton, Alexandra Halky, Kati Hetrick, Dheandra Jack, Laura Reilly
Special Thanks: John Garry, Maddie Gwinn, Olivia Harden, Elisabeth Sherman