Hosts are specifically banned from being unfriendly to anyone. So this should be redundant. However, I have seen hosts specifically mention as such within their listing.
@Kevin I actually disagree and don't think it should be allowed to be stated at all. Why should this be necessary? Where does it stop? Adding that you are heterosexual friendly? American friendly? Asian friendly? The whole point of Airbnb having the non-discriminatory policy is to ensure everyone regardless or race/gender/sexual orientation is welcome. My view is that by adding these sorts of 'x group is welcome' you are actually allowing discriminaton to creep back in - even if it is by positive discrimination. As a heterosexual, if it says LGBT+ friendly, do I assume they are NOT hetersosexual friendly?
I actually agree with you! There has been (largely in the past), a discrimination towards LGBT individuals. My point was only to ensure their comfort if they are sharing a home with someone else. Not everyone has the same point of view. I was just starting the conversation.
Yes, Good idea, however it doesn't mean that gay guests are going to be any better than straight guests, in terms of looking after the apartment, cleanliness following house rules etc. I think it will be a good idea because it will indicate that this niche market are welcome to stay at your apartment. However, just because someone is gay doesn't mean that they are going to be better or worse than any other guests regardless of their sexuality and gender. If guests follow your house rules etc, that makes for a good guest.
So let’s go ahead and start saying black and Hispanic friendly, too... this is the problem with the world today. Where yes I am friendly to all, it’s extremely unnecessary to state on my Airbnb profile that I am..
No perhaps you did not mean to start a political discussion but it seems that you have - after a fashion. As has already been said by other contributors, one would have thought that Airbnb hosts are welcoming to all and it is totally unhelpful to start singling out specific groups who are going to be "more welcome" than others. In fact it would seem to suggest, by this enhanced level of tolerance that you are so keen to show, that you do not expect to treat all guests equally.
I've been a host for quite a long time now, have been a superhost over 10 quarters and have welcomed guests from all over the world into my London home - some I have really liked and some I have not been quite so keen on - but I have treated all of them with the same respect and warmth regardless of race, sex or creed and that is why I get good reviews and a constant stream of visitors many of whom have stayed here more than once. It should be totally unnecessary to have to brag about one's level of tolerance on one's listing - it should be taken as read. After all, I am sure you would not be quite so tolerant if you were to find a listing with "Trump supporters welcome" would you.
Thanks for starting this conversation @Kevin and for the comments so far.
Just a friendly reminder to keep this discussion respectful, we can all share our opinions and have a good discussion at the same time.
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You seem to have hit a nerve! Personally I don;t agree with highlighting it in the way you suggest. We make it very clear in our profile that we are a couple and so, as people trawl through the listings they see it. I can only guess that is the case as a signifcant % of our guests are LBGT. Conversly being open has probably turned some people off booking with us and to be honest that is fine, as we wouldn't want them to stay if they were that judgemental.
I have added this to my listing: "Welcome to San Francisco! All are welcome in my home, regardless of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age."
I do not ask my guests their persuasion but my impression is that I get a reasonably random selection, well for some reason more Ladies, but I put that down to my Dog. They think he is cute.
As an aside there is a site specific to part of the the question at hand - MisterBandB