At Matador, our guiding principle is that all people deserve the opportunity to make travel a central pillar of their lives. LGBTQ+ people, in particular, may still face discrimination in many places, but that shouldn’t stop anyone 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 round, not just during one month of the year. But Pride Month is a special time to honor our LGBTQ+ articles and elevate our queer writers’ voices.
In 2022, we will once again be able to come together and celebrate our communities through parades, parties, and rallies. This year organizations across the country are reimagining leadership and programming to create more diverse and inclusive queer spaces. From big city shindigs to small-town get-togethers, no matter where you are in the US, there’s likely a Pride event within driving distance.
There is still so much work to be done to ensure our LGBTQ+ communities are treated not just equally, but with respect and dignity. We’re committed to helping people of all identities explore the planet on their own terms, so we’ve put together informative 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 cities to visit. 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.
Terrell and Jarius describe themselves as “just a normal family that breaks stereotypes placed upon us.” As children, neither of them traveled much, which was something they wanted to change when raising their kids. Follow along as they RV the North Georgia countryside with Ashton and Aria, coming together as a family and still getting Dad time along the way.
Produced by: Katie Scott Aiton, Alexandra Halky, Kati Hetrick, Dheandra Jack, Laura Reilly
Special Thanks: John Garry, Maddie Gwinn, Olivia Harden, Elisabeth Sherman