A new online travel information and social networking portal launches this week with the aim of becoming the largest database of destinations, venues and events specifically designed for the gay and lesbian community.

gaypedia.com provides top five destinations, venues and events; review, rating and blogging capabilities alongside member profiling and social networking tools.

It is a user-generated and editorially produced travel information website that allows gays and lesbians to search for venues and events in a given location during specified dates.

Visitors who sign up for membership can also add content, upload photos and videos, and diarise events and vacations which can be shared with gaypedia friends.

“The gay world changes so quickly that we were finding information in travel guides to be constantly out-of-date or inaccurate,” explained Ryan Haynes, gaypedia’s marketing manager.

“With such a large international gay community and pride festivals getting bigger and bigger we designed a site where gays and lesbians can find everything in one place.

“It was essential we included a section detailing legislation and equality for homosexuals in each destination, many countries still discriminate against us however there is often a strong underground gay scene.”

www.gaypedia.com, kick-starts its campaign on Valentines Day at the Kazbar Bar, Clapham, by giving a couple the chance to win a romantic two-night stay in Dublin, Ireland.