For Black people, it can be harder to find destinations and businesses that feel comfortable to visit, and for Black LGBTQ+ people, even more so. That’s why the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and Out in Tech have set out to create an online platform called the Lavender Book.
Black people have been looking for safe ways to travel for decades. After segregation became legal in the US, travel for many Black Americans became even more dangerous post-slavery. With white diners and bathrooms only and even sundown towns, the need for a guide to know what was and wasn’t a safe place to travel became critical for Black people. Enter the Negro-Motorist Green Book started by Victor Hugo Green in 1936, which documented friendly towns and businesses to stop into.