Airbnb and SAGE announce contest to bring an LGBT Senior to NYC Pride

Airbnb and SAGE, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) seniors, announced a contest to bring an LGBT senior to New York City for NYC Pride.

This first-of-its-kind contest is designed to celebrate the two organizations’ shared mission of diversity and belonging.

The winner and a guest will be flown to New York City on June 23rd and will enjoy three days of complimentary accommodation, courtesy of Airbnb. The winner will also receive VIP admission to Airbnb’s Pride Celebration, two seats on the SAGE bus for the Pride Parade, and two tickets to the Post-Pride SAGE Center Party.

Participants can enter the contest by answering the question “What would a trip to New York City during Pride mean to you as a member of the LGBT community?” at this website.

“Pride Week is a special time for our constituents and we’re excited to work with Airbnb to help someone experience it for the first time,” said Chief Executive Officer of SAGE. “This collaboration highlights the connection between Airbnb and SAGE’s values of inclusiveness and belonging, and I can’t wait to meet the winner when SAGE marches in the Pride parade.”

“We are proud to partner with SAGE to help an LGBT older adult experience the importance of Pride,” said Josh Meltzer, Head of New York Public Policy. “We’re thrilled this contest marks the first anniversary of our partnership with SAGE, an organization with whom we truly share deeply held values of inclusion and belonging — for everyone, everywhere.”

Airbnb’s partnership with SAGE is one in a series of efforts to strengthen the company’s support for the LGBT community, in New York City and around the world.

Employees and hosts have participated in Pride celebrations in cities across the globe. Airbnb is a member of the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Global Business Coalition and has partnered with Athlete Ally and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City. This February, Airbnb signed on to HRC’s friend-of-the-court brief in Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, a federal lawsuit challenging discrimination in public schools against transgender youth.