Over 50 Years and 50 Feet of Gay Travel Guides

David Jarrett, collector of gay travel guides
David Jarrett

ManAboutWorld subscriber and friend David Jarrett, above, is a passionate traveler, photographer and collector of stamps, fine art and gay travel guides. He describes his collection of gay travel guides as the “world’s largest.” We aren’t 100% sure of this but it is definitely the largest we’ve ever seen and at 50 feet of shelf space, it’s undeniably huge.

His collection includes complete collections of:

  • OUT & ABOUT, the premier gay travel newsletter first published in 1992;
  • Passport Magazine;
  • Out Traveler; and
  • Gay guides you’ve heard about and those you haven’t from countries all over the globe going back over half a century.

It’s a gay traveler’s fantasy library. We found Damron, Spartacus and Fodor’s gay travel guides and many more. This collection is not yet available for public viewing though Jarrett says he will eventually donate them to an archive, museum or library.

The earliest guide in his collection dates from 1958. Below is an image of the Guild Guide from 1968.

Guild Guide from 1968
Guild Guide from 1968


Published by edsalvato

Educator, marketing, communications and travel safety expert; LGBTQ Pavilion at the New York Times Travel Show; public speaker; expert panel organizer and moderator

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