What to do if you check into an LGBT-unfriendly accommodation

Tips and advice if you accidentally find yourself staying in an anti-LGBT friendly accommodation.

Life + Leisure Travel and Getaways Koelen Andrews

This article was published on March 1st, 2020

If you’ve ever traveled before, you realize good research can be key to having a good gaycation. Hopefully nothing like this ever happens to you, but if you happen to accidentally book yourself into an LGBT-hating hotel or establishment, having a good solid plan in place can help you cope with unfriendly environments. Here’s what to do if you check into LGBT-unfriendly accommodation:

If at all possible, try to ignore the situation. Unless things become really hostile towards you or your partner. Do you really want to be spending your holigay painting a target on yourself and dealing with the bureaucratic chains of command that are necessary when lodging an official complaint? The amount of time and energy this could take mightn’t be worth your time.

Talk to the General Manager. Often times a little one on one with the person pulling the strings will get you what you want. Rationalize and compromise with them. You might get out of staying with them altogether without losing any money. Maybe the GM will make some concessions or at least force his staff to discontinue their ill treatment.

If that gets you nowhere, take to the internet. Go to their social media pages asking for help or advice. Leave honest reviews on Google, Trip Advisor, Yelp, and other websites. Companies will often take virtual complaints more seriously if the public has full view of your poor experience. 

Whatever you do, don’t make a scene and be discrete. You don’t want the scarlet letter Q painted on you and you won’t get far by being a perceived pain in the ass to them. You get more bees with honey, honey. Cool as a cucumber, and then you’ll come off as the more rational one.

Contact the local authorities if you feel threatened or like you’re being harmed verbally, emotionally, or physically by the hotel you’re staying in. Use this as a last option, as filling out police reports in foreign countries can take hours and even days, with often very little results.

If things don’t improve or you really feel backed into a corner of debating your overall safety, forget about the money and look for another place to lay your head. No amount of money in the world is worth your safety or happiness, especially while you’re gaycationing. Step away, never look back, and write a review about your horrible experiences. You might prevent another queen from making the same mistake in the future.

 

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