Gay Friendly, what does that mean?

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    Jan 29, 2008 11:30 PM GMT
    You have gay friendly hotels, restaurants, fitness centers and so much more.

    I don't get it. What does it mean? And what's the value added?
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    Jan 29, 2008 11:33 PM GMT
    Monir saidYou have gay friendly hotels, restaurants, fitness centers and so much more.

    I don't get it. What does it mean? And what's the value added?


    It means you wont get some ignorant biggot giving you abuse when you go to book a double room or refused a room
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    Jan 29, 2008 11:40 PM GMT
    bfg1 said[quote][cite]Monir said[/cite]You have gay friendly hotels, restaurants, fitness centers and so much more.

    I don't get it. What does it mean? And what's the value added?


    It means you wont get some ignorant biggot giving you abuse when you go to book a double room or refused a room [/quote]

    Does that mean that all hotels that do not propagate to be gay friendly, are gay unfriendly?
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    Jan 29, 2008 11:45 PM GMT
    no of course not. it's just advertising that gays are welcome so no fear. it also means the there will likely be more gay people staying there and it can be treated as somewhere you know you will be around people from your social group. like youth hostels tend to attract people who are willing to give up peace and quiet for reduced costs and cheap liquor. you don't see the elderly fighting for the last bed in a 16 person dorm.

    it's sorta like gay bars. straight people are usually welcome, but understand that the clientel might be more interested in you than your girlfriend.
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    Jan 29, 2008 11:46 PM GMT
    jms84 saidno of course not. it's just advertising that gays are welcome so no fear. it also means the there will likely be more gay people staying there and it can be treated as somewhere you know you will be around people from your social group. like youth hostels tend to attract people who are willing to give up peace and quiet for reduced costs and cheap liquor. you don't see the elderly fighting for the last bed in a 16 person dorm.


    Alright, that's more clear.
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    Jan 30, 2008 5:05 AM GMT
    its a marketing scheme... its just one more thing companies like to site to increase their sales. its like a hotel saying.. "bed included!"
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    Jan 30, 2008 11:16 AM GMT
    well word of advice if you are traveling to the UK theres been a couple of high profile incidents where people have been turned away by hotels.

    Laws have been passed now to stop this but it does still happen depends if you want the humiliation or a good nights rest, Im not say stay in a gay bubble but its not just a marketing gimmick.
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    Jan 30, 2008 11:23 AM GMT
    icon_rolleyes.gifBasically it means that they don't dislike you enough not to take your money.

    To be fair, most places that I go that take the effort to advertise as "gay friendly" do make some sort of genuine effort to make gay people feel comfortable and not descriminate against them.
  • GQjock

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    Jan 30, 2008 11:28 AM GMT
    It really means we wanna be gay but the money's not enough for us so we gotta make it up with str8 people
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 30, 2008 1:11 PM GMT
    Gay friendly means "accepting", "open minded" and
    gay vs. straight means "irrelevant".
  • Menergy_1

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    Jan 30, 2008 3:14 PM GMT
    I had to ask this same question when I moved to Santa Fe - there are no longer any gay bars, restaurants, clubs, gyms in this small city -- but plenty of "gay friendly" places, so says Google. So what is "gay unfriendly"? It's not so easy here in a very multifaceted community, I guess.

    This is strange, since there is a HUGE gay and lesbian population here, but nowhere to congregate exclusively. Not that there's anything wrong with mixing comfortably with everyone else regardless of preference at a bar or in a hotel or restaurant, but if you're looking to meet someone that's "like you" -- and not make too many mistakes, it becomes a little trickier here.

    There used to be a predominantly gay bar , a club that was pretty gay, and now there's a Rainbow Vision gay/lesbian retirement community that's started a couple of nights a week for "gay" happy hours, dances, etc., open to everyone, not just residents... but still, compared to the population here, it's not representative!

    Some of the "gay friendly" restaurant owners are gay men -- but no one want to blatantly be "out there" with this issue. If a gay man or couple want some clear action, they go to Albuquerque, some 60 miles away, for the few gay bars there and maybe to Pride Gym for some fun.

    I think GQjock said it -- it's economics, too.
  • zakariahzol

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    Jan 30, 2008 3:35 PM GMT
    It mean you are welcome eventhough you are gay or behave gay. When I am travelling I try my best to go to gay friendly places regardless it a hotel, restaurant, beaches or dancing places. You feel more in places, respected and yes, there opportunity to meet fellow gay men and who know a hot sex or roamntic affair.
  • kinetic

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    Jan 30, 2008 3:54 PM GMT
    GQ Jock is right. They just want our gay $!
    It also can imply that they make watch out for our safety...
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    Jan 30, 2008 4:04 PM GMT
    yeah, me and a friend traveling in Japan got turned down for a hotel room, haha. they said two men cant stay in the same room icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 31, 2008 12:19 AM GMT
    I like the term 'Gay Friendly' - it is a great marketing ploy. I think it means we are tolerated so long as we keep quite and pay extra. It is more like a 'Gay Tolerant Tax.'

    Does this term ever apply to anything that doesn't charge money? 'Gay friendly' hotels, insurance companies, restaurants, car companies etc. - but does it apply to places that are free of charge or are being used as a marketing ploy?

    www.SilverAndGold.com is 'Gay friendly' *smack*
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    Jan 31, 2008 12:22 AM GMT
    I thought gay friendly meant bi curious.
  • Timbales

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    Jan 31, 2008 12:56 AM GMT
    To me it's meant that it's not exclusively gay, but no one is going to care if you're holding hands with your bf at the breakfast table.
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    Jan 31, 2008 2:18 AM GMT
    it definitely means "pope unfriendly"
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    Jan 31, 2008 2:32 AM GMT
    I agree with Itjock they figure if they are nice they can get more of our money

    I remember years ago my partner and I were checking into a hotel in Paris. When we asked for one bed instead of twins we were told "two men in one bed this i snot possible" I would say that was not gay friendly
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    Jan 31, 2008 11:50 AM GMT
    Timberoo saidTo me it's meant that it's not exclusively gay, but no one is going to care if you're holding hands with your bf at the breakfast table.


    Hee-hee. Gave me a thought. Have any of you ever gone so far as to see exactly how gay "friendly" an establishment is? Like maybe some tongue wrestling at a "gay friendly" bar?