I hope you’ll indulge me on this off topic post celebrating the 40th anniversary year of Sydney’s Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras. 40 years ago in 1978 they held a parade protest march on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots. The police came in and attacked the marchers and beat up and arrested many of them. Their names were published in the newspaper the next day and some lost their jobs and were outed to their families. The '78ers as they are called now march proudly at the head of the parade. Last year Same Sex Marriage legislation was passed in Australia following a divisive postal survey which nonetheless 13 million people returned (out of 16 million) with 61% in favour of SSM.
What does this have to do with AirBnB? Well maybe you host in NY, London or Hawaii where these things aren’t an issue. I host in country Australia. The local vote for SSM (which was broken down by federal electoral district) was 70% in favour even though it is a Conservative district. Sadly one of my neighbours has started acting out when I have LGBTIQ guests staying. She turns up her music to try and make it annoying. I don’t host gay parties, loud music or anything like that, just the occasional gay, lesbian or trans guest. Maybe 1 out of 20 guests in total. I currently have an awesome lesbian couple staying one of whom has shown me how to properly stake out the plants I am growing as a “Neighbours be Gone” hedge so she can’t make her ridiculous little homophobic hand signs to them and me,
What can you do? Make your LGBTIQ guests feel welcome. Their coin is as good as anyone else’s.