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These days there seems to be gay everything – gay cruises, gay television channels, gay magazines, gay festivals, and the list goes on..But, as you well know, it wasn’t always this way… not by a long shot.

For the vast majority of recorded history, being gay was, at best, something to be hidden. At worst, it was grounds for being abused, fired and even arrested. So anyone who identified as anything other than heterosexual had to tap into secret underground communities just to have a brief opportunity to let their guard down and embrace who they really were.

This slowly changed over time and, little by little, gay culture was able to come out of the dark closets and basements it was hidden away in for so many years. And it’s still an ongoing process today. Although the last couple of decades have been instrumental for gay culture and civil rights, there was another period in history that was unique for the LGBT community.

By Jay Derataney – Full Story at Travel Pulse

Purple Roofs


We started Purple Roofs in 1999, and we’re still the best place to find small, “family owned” and gay friendly accommodations, with more than 4,800 bed and breakfasts, hotels, vacation rentals and other properties around the world, many of them with full page listings and photographs. Many of our listings ar small mom and mom or pop and pop businesses – places you’ll have a hard time finding anywhere else.

We also list hundreds of gay owned and friendly travel agents and tour operators around the world.

Our Purple Roofs Gay Travel Blog lists thousands of gay travel articles, and once a month, we send the latest articles and gay travel events to our mailing list of more than 25,000 people. We also send out our monthly newswire with specials from gay innkeepers worldwide. Join our maillist here.

We also list hundreds of gay travel events – from gay prides to ski weeks to film festivals.

At Purple Roofs, we are gay travel.