Launched today, Australia’s first daily deals website for the LGBTI community is encouraging online shoppers to pick up cool discounts while also supporting businesses which support their causes.
“QueerDeals only features deals from businesses that support equal rights and have provento be gay-friendly,” says the site’s founder Sonja Bertrand.
“Before a business can be featured on the website, it needs to pass a background check for complaints of discrimination and/or poor hiring practices. QueerDeals also uses the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), a national benchmark of how inclusive Australian workplaces are of their LGBTQI employees.
“QueerDeals is for people – gay, straight and anything in between – who want to be sure that their hard-earned cash isn’t going towards homophobic or transphobic businesses.”
Deals are offered at more than 50% off normal retail prices and can include anything from restaurants, jewellery and fashion, to gadgets, home wares, pet products and even holidays and entertainment.
The site formally launched today, but has already gained a following of almost 3,000 fans on Facebook.
QueerDeals plans to donate a percentage of its profits to charities that help the LGBTQI community, including The Pinnacle Foundation, which provides scholarships and mentors to disadvantaged LGBTQI youth, and ACON’s Lesbian & Gay Anti-Violence Project, which provides support to people who have experienced homophobicviolence and helps make the community safer by promoting anti- homophobia and anti-violence initiatives.
To celebrate the launch of its website, QueerDeals is giving away a three-day escape to Daylesford-Hepburn Springs, Australia’s gay spa capital. The holiday package includes two nights’ accommodation at gay-owned 65 Main, two retreat passes to The Mineral Spa, a Sanctuary & Tea for Two at Hepburn Bathouse & Pavillion Café, and a $60 shopping voucher at boutique store Portal 108.