World Rainbow Hotels are a brand of certified gay and lesbian welcoming hotels. In the 15 months since World Rainbow Hotels launched there are more than 500 hotels participating in this travel market. In coming months the site will expand to include more gay-owned and gay-operated smaller independent hotels.
What does it mean to be a certified World Rainbow Hotel?
The World Rainbow Hotels acceptance criteria analyzes:
- the hotel’s location
- the hotel’s characteristics and category
- the hotel’s knowledge of the local gay scene
- the hotel’s current involvement with the LGBT community
- the hotel’s compliance with non-discrimination policies and same sex benefits for their hotel staff.
Glancing through the list of World Rainbow Hotels shows Hyatt Hotels are one of the major hotel brand participants. While Hyatt stands out for widespread participation in World Rainbow Hotels among the major chains, there are plenty of other name brands including Marriott, Hilton, Carlson Rezidor, Best Western, Wyndham, Fairmont, Kimpton, and Four Seasons with listed hotels on the World Rainbow Hotels site.
World Rainbow Hotels exhibit at ITB Berlin 2013.
One of the features of booking with World Rainbow Hotels is knowing the hotel will have information about the local gay and lesbian scene. Each World Rainbow hotel member has a welcome Out & About Gay Travel Guide packet of information for guests.
The World Rainbow Hotels website provides information on more than hotels.
Lesbian and Gay events around the world are provided on a calendar.
Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride 2013 May 17-19 is adjacent to the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. My wife and I were staying there in 2010 during the festival and the city was a happening place with packed street cafes and clubs.
Prague Pride August 12-18, 2013
LGBT Iconic Hotels
World Rainbow Hotels blog mentions ITB Berlin in its most recent post. The post before that is about a road trip through California.
Vienna LGBT exhibit at ITB Berlin 2013.
Yesterday I heard the U.S. Supreme Court arguments for the California Proposition 8 case. Today the Court hears arguments for repealing the Defense of Marriage Act that allows the federal government to not legally recognize the 133,000 same sex couples who have legally married in one of nine states. Yet, these marriages are not legally recognized by the United States federal government.
I was disappointed and somewhat in disbelief when voters of California narrowly banned same sex marriage in November 2008. The 9th Circuit Court in California in 2012 overturned the people’s choice banning gay marriage as an unconstitutional act.
That is why this case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Equal rights, including those rights granted through legal marriage in the United States like health care benefits, insurance and pensions, are now in the hands of the Supreme Court justices.
It’s time to do the right thing and give equal rights for the LGBT community.