There’s An Airbnb For Gay Men. Of Course There Is

Central Rome and just €75 per night Airbnb has become increasingly popular in urban centers where hotel rooms can top $300 a night. So it shouldn’t be too surprising there’s now a gay version of the short-term sublet site, called Misterbnb.

Entrepreneur Matthieu Jost co-founded the site last year, after he and his boyfriend discovered—too late, unfortunately—that their airbnb hosts didn’t approve of two men sharing a bed.

Since then, the Misterbnb website and app has grown to offer more than 8,000 rooms, apartments and home rentals spread across 65 countries. The biggest number of available accommodations are in Paris (700), followed by Barcelona (375) and New York and London (160 each).

Benoit Breton, Misterbnb’s business development manager, believes gay men are heading to the site for more than just non-discriminating hosts. “Gay people love to know the best places to go out,” he says, and your more likely to find a property in the local gayborhood.

Interestingly enough, about 10% of Misterbnb’s business comes from women, who assume they’ll be safer with a host who isn’t interested in women sexually. “Once I hosted a couple of 20-year-old female friends from Germany,” says Misterbnb member Malik, who lives near the Champs-Elysées in Paris. “They told me that their parents were scared that they were sleeping in a man’s apartment, until they let them know that I was gay.”

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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