Traveling while queer can be such a beautiful experience, but it can also be stressful. It’s hard to discern whether an Airbnb is LGBTQ-friendly just by looking at the listing, and coming out to hosts is an annoying extra step.
That’s where FabStayz comes in. The new platform allows LGBTQ travelers to find safe and welcoming hosts all over the world.
“Travel is about fun and exploration, coming out to a stranger is no way to kick-off a vacation,” Robert Geller, CEO and Founder of FabStayz.com, said in a press release.
The site will feature “FabHosts,” who are LGBT+ allies as well as experienced hosts. To qualify, they must have at least seven months of hosting experience on another major platform, such as Airbnb, Vrbo, and HomeAway. They also must have at least 10 great to excellent reviews. Hosts’ listings are uploaded from the other platforms, making it easy to book a stay.
“No more scouring listings for clues if the host is LGBT+ welcoming, an ally or member of our community,” Geller explained. “FabStayz wants to take away all the guesswork for the LGBT+ traveler.”
A beta version of the website just went live, and there are over 500 listings so far, including some truly cool properties, like a castle in France and a restored firehouse in Tennessee.
“To date, 96 percent of featured FabHosts are allies wanting to be recognized as welcoming to the LGBT+ community,” Geller said.
There are currently listings throughout the U.S. as well as in Mexico, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Panama, and Poland.
Time for a vacation!