I have opened first ever hotel in Vietnam catering to gay men. Phu Quoc island, where we are located, is quickly becoming a new popular tourist destination in South East Asia. We have been operating for almost one year now and those customers, who found us loved our place. You can see for yourself on our website: www.friendsontheisland.com and social media: https://instagram.com/friendsgayguesthouse, https://www.facebook.com/friendsgayguesthouse/.
The first 2 years are always critical for the survival of a new business. Especially true if you also need to break the ice and stigma, which is still surrounding LGBTQ issues in Vietnam. It is a gay friendly country moving toward bigger acceptance of LGBTQ rights, but... The life on a small island where many people know each other dictates local LGBTQ comunity to stay in the closet. Our attempts to wake up the gay life here in forms of social gatherings, bar and club events attracts so far only tourists during a short high season.
However the local community is big with gay, bi, trans-gendered people mostly hiding behind fake accounts on dating apps. They are afraid to come out for their families and friends. Our guesthouse is a perfect safe heaven to take the first step. We need funds to reach out to the local community and at the same time stay alive paying our expenses during the low season.
I'm asking for your financial support, which will be used for:
* Hiring a local employee to promote our venue and events for the LGBTQ community on the island and mainland.
* Social media and real life adverts.
* Paying the rent now during the first low season, which is crucial for the business survival.