The rainbow flags are up, the glitter is spread, and with the arrival of June, Pride Month has begun.
This month-long celebration of those who identify as lesbian, bi-sexual, gay, transgender, queer, or any part of the LGBTQ+ community was started as a protest in 1969. In the 1960s and ’70s across America, being gay was considered illegal. Because of this narrow-minded belief, police conducted raids of bars and restaurants, scoping out and shutting down any place that served gays or had gay employees. But, everything changed on the night of June 28, 1969, outside of the Stonewall Inn in New York where community members took a stand.
Stonewall was one of the last safe havens for the LGBTQ+ community. It was there that Marsha P. Johnson and other activists such as Mark Segal protested and initiated riots, all to defend their community against the police who assaulted innocent people and extorted them for money.
Segal was quoted saying to ET’s Denny Directo, “And it was that night that we said to the police, ‘We are taking our street back. This is our neighborhood. You are no longer going to control us. You’re no longer going to dominate us. We’re going to create our identity. We’re going to create a community where you wouldn’t allow us to have community.”
Thanks to all the brave individuals who put their lives on the line that day, June is now a month of celebration across the globe. KAYAK has created a guide to help Pride-goers get the most out of their experience.
If you’ve ever been curious about what Pride is like in other countries, you can now get your questions answered. The Pride Guide lists 10 different destinations, such as Brazil, Netherlands, Germany, and more. All destinations include information such as the city’s Pride celebrations dates and median travel expenses prices, along with special hacker tips to ensure you get the most out of your visit.
To learn more about this guide, BGN corresponded with KAYAK via email. Below Victoria Martinez Hart, KAYAK Communications Senior Director, shares insights on how the guide came together. She also explains how to use it and gives special tips to enhance your Pride experience.
Why did KAYAK decide to put together this guide, and what do you hope travelers get out of it?
This is our third iteration of the Pride Guide, and we hope that the LGBTQ+ travel community and allies can use it to help plan a trip to celebrate Pride.
How did KAYAK find these locations and why did you choose to highlight them?
The ten destinations featured in the 2022 KAYAK Pride Guide were selected as a mix of some of the most popular in the world and those recommended by KAYAK’s Pride Employee Resource Group. As noted in the guide, some of these destinations are direct recommendations from members of our ERG, and we’re excited to share their tips for the best way to experience the Pride celebration.
How can travelers best use this guide?
Let this guide be your ultimate Pride planning tool. Already know which celebration you want to attend? Our pricing chart will help you ballpark how much you can expect to spend on airfare, hotel, and rental car. Not sure where to go? The guide can be a helpful tool to find the Pride celebration for your budget. Bonus: we include some of the can’t miss events happening during each city’s Pride celebration.
In the guide, you offer hacker tips, which often feature cafes, museums, and bars to experience more of the Pride atmosphere. Why are these suggestions important?
Our hacker tips are based on extensive research and sometimes even insider KAYAK tips for each Pride celebration. We’ve carefully curated each one to ensure that whether you’re a Pride newbie or a seasoned attendee, you can pick and choose the events you want to attend to create your own custom experience. The goal is to help people learn more about and experience the history and culture of the LGBTQ+ community.
How will booking through KAYAK be helpful to travelers?
KAYAK is a metasearch site. You know how sometimes you spend hours and several browser windows to make sure you’re getting the best deal? KAYAK does all that for you by searching every site you usually search but in one browser window.
Are there any safety tips you can offer travelers?
We regularly partner with content creators to provide their unique perspectives and helpful tips for our travelers. Here’s a full guide on how to travel safely as an LGBTQ+ traveler in collaboration with Dani Heinrich of Globetrotter Girls, and travel safety tips for transgender travelers in collaboration with Aria Sa’id.
Any other travel trips you’d like to offer Pride go-ers?
Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, embrace the experience, learn about the LGBTQ+ community and honor those who have paved the way for a more welcoming and inclusive world. These Pride events, as well as those not highlighted here, are meant to be a celebration of the LGBTQ community. Immerse yourself in the various events the city has to offer, and most importantly, have fun!
Pride celebrations are so important because they allow members of the LGBTQ+ community to be seen, supported, and celebrated. In addition, they give people outside of the community a way to connect with members inside of the community. Christopher BP Williams, a Pride go-er, told BGN when we spoke via Facebook Messenger, about his experience during the London Pride of 2018. “That year pride coincided with one of England’s big World Cup matches against Sweden, and I think a few of us were worried about how the two events would coexist,” Williams admits. “But in the end, England won their march, and there were people from the two events celebrating in the streets together with their respective flags. It was really quite beautiful to see.”
Make sure you download the Pride Guide, and for more Pride-related content be sure to follow KAYAK’s Instagram page.
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Kiersten is a freelance writer and coach. As a writer, she has written for Travel Noire, Passion Passport, BAUCE mag, and various travel and lifestyle blogs. As a writer, her goal is to write content that inspires others to take action. As a coach, her goal is to empower women to be their most authentic selves. In her free time, you can find her dancing to any song any where.