Misterb&b caters exclusively to the LGBTQ community and its allies.
Being an LGBTQ traveler in a foreign land can be a bit terrifying especially if wherever your going isn't as inclusive to the queer community as other places. Imagine showing up in Sevilla, Spain for example. You and your same-sex partner find a cute little hotel but the receptionist immediately assumes you'll be in separate beds; she even blatantly asks. You have to explain that you don't need separate beds. That judgemental glance she gives is enough to consider going back into the closet for safety reasons during that leg of the trip.
It's a sad truth and it happens all the time. LGBTQ people who are used to having security in their hometowns are suddenly faced with low-key homophobia which can destroy a vacation out of fear and a sense of vulnerability.
This is one reason why Co-Founder & CEO, Matthieu, started misterb&b (stylized in lowercase), a homesharing rental service that caters to the queer community. For seven years his company has housed LGBTQ travelers looking for inclusive hosts.
The company's reach has garnered over 310,000 hosts in over 135 countries, making it the largest gay hotelier in the world. Their clients offer everything from hotels to private homes, all with a focus on LGBTQ inclusivity.
"We believe it’s incumbent upon us to also give back by making a positive difference in the lives of the global gay community," they say on their website. "We make an annual donation to a multitude of LGBTQ organisations that can be found on our Mister for Good page."
Speaking on a global level, a lot has changed in the world over the past few years. Travelers aren't able to visit some countries because of COVID restrictions and if you do, the fear of being among the crowd can elicit its own trepidation. Booking a house through misterb&b for the week and sharing the tab with a couple of friends might be the answer.
In fact, misterb&b has devised a special proprietor symbol called "COVID-19 Fighters" which identifies owners that are willing to adhere to the company's safety guidelines.
This badge is superimposed over a listing for hosts who have, "agreed to follow our new Covid-19 cleaning protocol and have their calendar blocked for 24 hours between 2 guests staying. Hosts who choose not to follow this will in any case have their calendar blocked for 72 hours between 2 guests. These hosts offer you the greatest level of safety concerning Covid-19."
COVIDphobia aside, sadly, even in 2021, the world is not completely open to gay travelers. And even if the one place you want to visit is, the stress of uncertainty about your host struggles in the back of your mind. That's not fun.
The fact is, where you spend your pink dollar and the success of its continued revenue helps to ensure for businesses makes them appreciate where their livelihood is coming from. That might only mean their respect is wallet-based, but even so, that's a start.
With companies like misterb&b, they not only help the community as far as security, it also means business owners in many parts of the world may appreciate us and our power in the marketplace. and not focus so much on what we do in their bedrooms.
You can learn more about misterb&b, including their clients, and how bookings work by clicking HERE.
Misterb&b also offers a rewards program that earns you "Pride Points." These useful points can be redeemed for perks such as travel credits, vouchers and even cashback.
Also if you would like to become a host or find out how that process works click HERE.
Header photo courtesy of misterb&b