Wikivoyage:Information for LGBT travelers
- This is a policy page. For actual travel information, see LGBT travel.
Some information about cities, countries, and regions will be specifically of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and allied (LGBTQIA) folks. This page describes where to put that information.
Why there's no "LGBT" section
The Wikivoyage travel article templates don't have a "Gay" or "LGBT" section for travel articles. This is on purpose. Admittedly, it may be convenient for LGBT travelers to find all the LGBT-related information for a destination in one spot.
However, we feel that sectioning off LGBT information is somewhat discriminatory -- almost as if we're saying, "LGBT people go here, and the rest of us will go to all the other places on this page, where you're not welcome." Similarly, some attractions that are LGBT-oriented or LGBT-friendly are open to non-LGBT people, too. Segmenting those attractions off into an "LGBT" section would give the indication to non-LGBT folks that they're not welcome there, either. Travelers should be given information about events and attractions, and decide for themselves whether they want to go there.
Finally, there are any number of different kinds of travelers who may have special needs – senior travelers, travelers with children, disabled travelers, etc. Having different sections for each would make the destination pages unnecessarily cluttered, and would probably cause some duplicate information.
LGBT bars and clubs
LGBT bars and dance clubs should be listed under the "Drink" section of a city page, just like any other bar. In the bar's description, specify whether it's a gay, lesbian, or other type of bar.
If there are general notes about LGBT-oriented bars in the city, they should be included in a paragraph at the start of the "Drink" section.
Some hotels are LGBT-friendly, and actively seek LGBT clientele. These hotels should be listed with others in the "Sleep" section, but it should be noted in the description that the hotel is LGBT-friendly.
List LGBT events, like pride parades, along with other events in the "Do" section of a city page.
If there are neighborhoods in a city with a significant LGBT population or culture, these should be noted in the "Understand" section of the city page. If the city is a huge city, and the neighborhood is one of the districts in that city, put information about LGBT culture in the "Understand" section for that district.
It's a sad fact that LGBT people are sometimes specifically targeted for violence or other crimes. If there are specific safety issues for LGBT people, add a paragraph about them in the "Stay safe" section for the city.
If there's a culture-wide discrimination against LGBT people, it would probably make sense to include that information in the "Stay safe" section of the corresponding country and/or region page.
Include information about tolerance or intolerance of LGBT people in the "Understand" section of the country or region page.
Some information on specific dress or behavior may have a place in the "Respect" section, but it's a fine line. Adding LGBT info in the "Respect" section has the subtle connotation of: "Respect your hosts; don't be LGBT!" So, use "Respect" to note behaviors rather than who the traveler is.