The African American community had their "green books" during the Jim Crow era of the 20th century—guides to the relatively few motels, restaurants, resorts, and other businesses that were safe and welcoming to African American customers. In the 1980s and '90s, the gay community in the United States had Damron guides and other resources that offered similar information on gay-owned and day friendly businesses. Today, the internet provid
es a wide range of resources for travelers of just about any ethnic, religious, or sexual minority that might risk discrimination during their travelers; Damron maintains an extensive online resource as well.. Despite increasingly wide-spread acceptance across many parts of the globe, LGBT travelers must still be wary and plan ahead.
How to Plan a Safe Trip for Gay and Transgender Travelers
By Tanya Mohn
The New York Times
January 30, 2017