Pride is upon us. Wherever you hope to travel this summer, chances are you'll be crossing paths with (or joining) a rowdy parade of L, G, B, and Ts flaunting what they got. So why not save some money while you're at it? Or make Pride the reason for a trip in the first place?
With that reasoning, Marriott International (long a leader in equality for its LGBT employees) gets in on the action with a new campaign targeted to gays and their allies entitled "Be You, With Us.” Spanning its brands, from the super-luxe JW Marriott to the wallet-friendly SpringHill Suites, the crux rests on a global Pride calendar that denotes celebrations from now – Los Angeles and Boston Pride this weekend, Portland next, NYC and Paris later in the month – and into September when Las Vegas Pride and Key West PrideFest both take a bow. Properties in each city are handily noted, and 22 related LGBT packages both Pride-specific and year-long are called out with amenities such as free Red Bull in the room and glasses of wine or spa credits. For example:
- Frankfurt, Germany – Christopher Street Day package invites you to Feel the Vibe, High Above the Sky package with deluxe rooms, breakfast buffet, a bottle of champagne, and City Card day tickets. Valid through July 22.
- New Orleans – Rainbow NOLA package includes deluxe accommodations, complimentary welcome drinks, and a Gay Guide map. Valid through June 30.
- Vancouver – Get a Room! LGBT package at the Residence Inn Vancouver Downtown includes overnight accommodations in a king deluxe studio; free Wi-Fi, parking, and hot buffet breakfast; two door passes to Celebrities Night Club; and two cocktails at the hotel's restaurant, Cavino. Through March 12, 2013.
- Hawaii – Rainbow Connection LGBT package at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa includes a $300 hotel credit for your stay plus daily breakfast for two at the resort restaurant. Through December 20.
For the price of your e-mail, you can also enter a sweepstakes to win a trip for two (valued at $5,000) to the 2013 New York, San Francisco, or Berlin Gay Pride Festivals. Enter once a day through September 30.