February 12, 2008：A new online travel information and social networking portal officially launches this week with the aim of becoming the largest database of destinations, venues and events specifically designed for the gay and lesbian community.
The website, gaypedia.com, kick-starts its campaign on Valentines Day at the Kaz Bar, Clapham by giving a lucky couple the chance to win a romantic two-night stay in Dublin, Ireland.
gaypedia.com is a user-generated and editorially produced travel information website that allows gays and lesbians to search for venues and events in a given location during specified dates. Visitors who sign up for membership can also add content, upload photos and videos, and diarise events and vacations which can be shared with gaypedia friends.
“The gay world changes so quickly that we were finding information in travel guides to be constantly out-of-date or inaccurate,” says Ryan Haynes, gaypedia’s Marketing Manager. “With such a large international gay community and pride festivals getting bigger and bigger we designed a site where gays and lesbians can find everything in one place.”
While the gaypedia team will continue to add content, a ‘user-edit’ function allows members to share their knowledge on the site.
Venue owners and managers will also have special privileges to update and add relevant information about their property including event details. gaypedia.com launches with over 45 destinations, 1,500 venues and nearly 100 events worldwide; its fully integrated gaypedia mapping service identifies where all venues and events are within a chosen city.
Ryan Haynes stated “It was essential we included a section detailing legislation and equality for homosexuals in each destination, many countries still discriminate against us however there is often a strong underground gay scene. gaypedia will give travellers the insider information.”
The portal also provides top five destinations, venues and events; review, rating and blogging capabilities; member profiling and social networking tools including multi-user chat functionality; and a unique gay Googling tool.
In due course gaypedia will be branching out into all aspects of gay and lesbian lifestyles to provide an integrated interactive information portal.