New York City is one of the most important cities in the world when it comes to the LGBTQ movement. From Stonewall to Julius’s Bar to Keith Haring’s studio, NYC is scattered with iconic landmarks and hidden gems which shifted the course of LGBTQ history. With his social impact experience, host Jordan gives guests an up close look at LGBTQ history on his educational walking tour.
As an activist and gay man, Jordan is incredibly passionate about his social impact experience and highly knowledgeable too.
“I started hosting this experience because it really celebrates VideoOut’s mission to amplify voices of the LGBTQ community. We’re doing that here in NYC with LGBTQ voices from the past. It’s important because when we know our history, it affirms the work of all those people who fought the fight for our freedom in the past and brings these stories to a whole new audience of people.”
Jordan believes his social impact experience has played a big role in giving back to the local and LGBTQ communities, stating:
“I believe in the power of narrative because when we share stories we break down misconceptions, we build empathy and destroy the lies that surround the LGBTQ community. Especially now, at a time when people want to erase aspects of our community, it’s important that we counteract those efforts by putting queer stories in the forefront. I’m so grateful because without the Airbnb platform, we wouldn’t have access or the potential to spread this much awareness.”
The significance of hosting the experience is deeply personal for Jordan who grew up in Hueytown, a small town in Alabama where he often felt disconnected from the LGBTQ community both socially and geographically. Now he’s using his new platform to help build a better future for all.
“I’ve been given the opportunity to amplify real stories and showcase the diversity of people who were so critical to the LGBTQ movement and I get to share that with people who come on the tour to learn more. I think If we can understand how to be more inclusive in our daily lives, we’re taking steps from just talking about inclusivity to actually living it.”
When he’s not busy with VideoOut or running around NYC with guests, Jordan and his partner Joshua also serve as home hosts in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
“I began hosting back in 2012 almost out of necessity. I think a lot of young creative people will relate to living in NYC and needing a little help to make ends meet. For my roommate and I, it started there but it’s become so much more. I now host with my partner and we love it because we get to interact with people from all over the world,” Jordan said.
As a social impact experience, 100% of the proceeds earned from Jordan’s experience directly support VideoOut, a charity he helped create which seeks to amplify the voices of the LGBTQ community and allies.
Social impact experiences allow you to learn directly from community leaders and activists about causes you care about. Airbnb waives all fees, enabling all funds collected from guests to benefit the nonprofit organization.