The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village was and is a gay bar on Christopher Street. It was in 1969 that a police raid here led to the Stonewall riots, one of the most important events in the history of LGBT rights.

If you’d like to visit the Stonewall, please see the map below.

I’m writing this during the anniversary week of the riots, riots which many people, organisations and businesses  are commemorating in their own way And although this is something that I ordinarily don’t write about – it’s only vaguely to do with travel, after all –  I felt obliged to say something about the virulent, unnecessary and frankly quite stupid comments that were posted on Instagram in reaction to Airbnb (ah, travel after all) and their posts.

Typical comments were ‘what does this have to do with rental accommodation?’ or ‘keep to the topic of vacation spaces’ or ‘I stopped following Airbnb because I want to know about rentals not this’ etc. etc. etc.

I’m just astonished that these people – and there were lots of them – don’t understand that freedom for all is important. 

Yes, it is important that people who come under the banner of being ‘unlike us’ are also welcomed to stay wherever they wish when they are looking for a vacation rental. Yes, it’s important that there are hosts in the world who welcome their guests irrespective of their gender, gender preferences or gender identity.

In just the same way as we welcome guests who are from different nations, different races and different religions, it’s important that Airbnb spreads the word that their hosts welcome all guests.

What does this have to do with rental accommodation? One hell of a lot.


The Stonewall Inn

53 Christopher St,
New York,
NY 10014,




JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.

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