My name is Desiree Sousa and I am the owner of We Are Gay Friendly.

We Are Gay Friendly was created in September 2013 as a resource for the LGBTQ community to promote businesses that are LGBTQ owned or supportive of LGBTQ issues and causes.

85% of gay men and lesbians respond favorably to advertising in gay media and said it influenced their decision to purchase products or do business with a particular company.

It is our belief that we should support the businesses that actively reach out to us.

In addition to We Are Gay Friendly, I am also the owner of  Out & About Travela full-service, online gay travel agency specializing in gay & lesbian tours, cruises, adventure travel, gay ski trips, customized packages, and more.

I started Out & About Travel back in 1999 out of my genuine love of travel and the desire to provide the gay & lesbian community with the many opportunities available to them. We were one of the first online travel agencies specializing in LGBTQ travel and are considered “pioneers of the gay & lesbian travel industry.” 

Throughout the years I have traveled to many popular gay & lesbian travel destinations throughout the world and have gained hands-on knowledge of all the gay & lesbian hot spots!

In 2010 I started Gay Travel Information. I was looking for a creative way I and my colleagues could share honest, respectful opinions of the many businesses and events we frequent.

What sets Gay Travel Information apart is that we don’t just focus on “the usual” LGBTQ-owned bars, cafes, and inns and we don’t just focus on businesses that list themselves as “LGBTQ friendly” because of an affixed rainbow sticker on the front of a window or flying a rainbow flag outside their business.

Gay Travel Information spotlights the businesses that offer the best experience for EVERYONE in a warm, welcoming environment. We only spotlight businesses that offer a truly great product. Something we are proud to give our “stamp of approval” to based on factors such as ambiance, service, crowd, and quality of product.

My goal is to help the LGBTQ community support each other and our allies. I want my clients to truly feel welcomed at the travel destinations they visit, the hotels they stay at, the restaurants they eat at, the clubs they dance at, the events they attend, and feel good about the companies they support.

Want your business, event or product spotlighted? Are you a PR or Media contact? Please feel free to reach me at


Desiree Sousa

Owner / Editor in Chief