Uber Offers Free Rides to LGBT Locations Following Orlando Massacre

2.Uber_DC_Pride-2015_ride-PRIDE_blog-email_700x300_r1Uber will offer free rides to locations of significance to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community around the country this weekend. This is because the community recently suffered a massive tragedy where a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Customers will be able to access two credits each, worth up to $20, when traveling to locations in 40 cities such as LGBT bars and clubs, as well as community centers, nightclubs, and institutions.

If you are new to Uber you can sign-up here to get a $10 credit for Uber towards a Free Ride. Use promotion code “UberVip4me“ This will be on top of the 2 Free Rides you are getting with this kind offer from Uber.

Venues include various lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community centers, bar, nightclubs and stores. Uber told CNNMoney there are roughly 5 to 10 locations in each city, including San Francisco’s Harvey Milk Plaza and New York City’s Stonewall Inn. Uber has created individual pages for each of the 40 cities to notify people of the destinations.

Here are the participating cities in Uber’s promotion: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Hampton Roads, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York City, Orange County, Ottawa, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rhode Island, Raleigh-Durham, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Bay Area, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Washington, D.C.

Here’s some examples:

In Washington D.C.: Locations include Nellie’s bar and Cobalt nightclub along with institutions serving the capital’s LGBT community, like Whitman Walker health clinic, Casa Ruby and the DC Center. The company is offering the credits in 39 other cities in the United States and Canada.
Nellie’s (901 U St. NW, Washington, DC 20001)
Cobalt (1639 R St. NW, Washington, DC 20009)
Number 9 (1435 P St. NW, Washington, DC 20005)
Town Danceboutique (2009 8th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001)
JR’s (1519 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001)
The DC Center (2000 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009)
Casa Ruby (2822 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001)
Whitman Walker Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center (1701 14th St., NW Washington, DC 20009)
Phase 1 (525 8th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003)
SMYAL (410 7th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003)

In Dallas: Locations included in the offer are Station 4 (S4), Sue Ellen’s, JR’s Bar & Grill, TMC: The Mining Co., Resource Center, North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce and Cathedral of Hope.

The company is not offering the discounts in Orlando, but Recode reported that Uber is offering free rides to family members of the shooting victims.

“Like people across the world, we were deeply shocked and saddened by the recent murders at a gay nightclub in Orlando,” the company said in one blog post. “The world is a brighter and better place when we are all free to be ourselves. And we want to bring people together, no matter who you are or where you’re from.”

The shooting at Pulse nightclub was the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001, and the nation’s bloodiest mass shooting. Uber is either one of the most liked or one of the most hated companies out there when it comes to how they pay their drivers or how we could not live without the service they have brought to us. One thing is certain is that Uber does great things for communities in a time of need or even raising money for breast cancer and getting clothes to the Goodwill. In the latest reach to a community that is mourning and who are seeking extra safety from recent terrorist including homegrown and ones across the globe they are giving free rides for families affected and for those seeking a secure ride when going out to be with friends in their community.

Uber Competitor Lyft is also Giving Back to the LGBT Community

Uber’s rival Lyft is holding a #BetterTogether promotion now as well by encouraging riders to use the hashtag #bettertogether to be entered in a contest to “receive a year’s worth of Lyft rides, credit from HotelTonight and a gift card from Southwest Airlines!” While this is not a direct promotion related to the Orlando nightclub shooting it does take a stand against homophobia and give back to the LGBTQ community.

1. Click here to sign up and you should see the above screen showing $50 Lyft credit. If you are not already a Lyft Rider. If so, skip to #2.
2. Show Lyft what Pride means to you with a photo on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and tag #BetterTogether and @lyft. A few lucky winners will receive a boatload of Lyft credit and HotelTonight credit to build your own dream getaway. To sweeten the deal, Southwest Airlines will get you there with a gift card to help cover your flights.