Gay PridehotelsLGBTQ+travel guidesW Hotels W Hotels is rolling out a series of curated travel guides with the goal of becoming the trusted travel resource for LGBTQ+ travellers around the world. In collaboration with next-generation community platform, them., the guides celebrate the unique qualities of each location and empower guests to explore the world in destinations that aren’t always the first that come to mind for queer travellers. Inspired by W Hotels’ 20 years of support of the LGBTQ+ community and the brand’s increasingly international footprint, W will also take their popular QUEER ME OUT speaker series to six global destinations in 2018, bringing real-time, real talk to new cities and audiences around the world.“Since day one, W Hotels has been dedicated to inclusivity and equality and it continues to be core to our brand experience,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “This platform is designed to connect and inspire the LGBTQ+ community in every W destination, including some not always associated with LGBTQ+ travel. With the expansion of QUEER ME OUT and new, immersive content working with our incredible creative collaborator, them., we are reimagining what a world of acceptance and support could and should be through inspiring communities and a new generation of travellers around the world.”In collaboration with Condé Nast’s them. and its acclaimed editor, Phillip Picardi, W is highlighting the LGBTQ+ experience with new online destination guides focusing on select cities through a curated, queer lens. The first of the guides was made available around the world on The Angle as of 4 June, 2018 with additional guides being released regularly throughout the year.The dynamic guides and first-hand video diaries from W and a creative cast of progressive personalities begin at W Mexico City, followed by W Istanbul, W Atlanta and the just-opened W Brisbane. Travellers can watch as Carmen Carrera discovers Mexico City, the first region in the country to legalise same-sex marriage back in 2010 and an exciting destination of vibrant culture, or tune in as Philip Picardi explores Istanbul, which is home to a resilient and welcoming LGBTQ+ community. W will then bring guests down under to Brisbane and down south to Atlanta with other bold personalities who don’t just tour a city but become a part of it. Each guide includes inspirational, educational and immersive video and editorial content, revealing a wealth of experiences alongside talented hosts who are disrupting the status quo.To view the first guide, featuring Carmen Carrera at W Mexico City or to learn more about QUEER ME OUT check out theangle.whotels.com.W Hotels is also bringing its thought leadership platform, QUEER ME OUT, to the global stage after a successful stateside debut in 2017. The series travelled across the country last year and featured speakers such as the Editors of GAYLETTER Magazine, Abiezer Benitez and Thomas Jackson; photographer Levi Jackman Foster; and Mickey Boardman, Editorial Director for PAPER Magazine, among others. The 2028 QUEER ME OUT series will launch in New York City on 18 June before traveling to four global locations. The series will host events at W Barcelona (27 June), W London – Leicester Square (6 July), W Amsterdam (2 August) and W Mexico City. Each location will offer passionate panel discussions that dive into hot button issues as well as the work and play of experts and icons.In addition to the series, W will also take their passion to the streets with floats during the London and Amsterdam Pride Parades. Marriott Rewards and SPG members will be able to join in the celebration at W Amsterdam and W London by booking exclusive packages which include overnight accommodations, access to the Pride Parade floats, a meet and greet with an on-site costume designer to get dressed in the best for the festivities, a guided Pride walking tour led by the hotel’s W Insider and more. CLICK HERE to book W Amsterdam’s Pride getaway. For updates on upcoming Pride packages around London Pride, CLICK HERE.