the Gayographer, Ashton Giese

Ashton Giese

Ashton Giese, a pioneer in LGBT travel and advocacy, visited 32 countries and over 50 cities just since 2013!

Ashton provides authentic cultural experiences for gay travelers, not only to enjoy the sights, but to meet local people and discover LGBT life! While building better recreational experiences for travelers, he also supports LGBT human rights - providing awareness of LGBT-related news and events with GAYography and encouraging travelers to give and support organizations fighting for global equality.

To get more involved in the cause of LGBT rights Ashton currently also works in support of the world's premier advocate for global LGBT equality: OutRight Action International. He currently resides in New York City.

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Countries Visited

United Kingdom, Russia, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain, Austria, Germany, Italy (and, if we're counting, the Vatican), Japan, Korea, Cayman Islands, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Hungary, Morocco, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, MyanmarNepal, China, Taiwan, Israel, Jordan, Poland, Estonia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Portugal, Ethiopia, Oman, UAE, Egypt, Lithuania, Latvia.

High on the To-Visit list:  India & South Africa


Experience & Education

Co-founder, Capital Hostels, LLC (2009-Present)

Communications Director, Mark Pocan for Congress (2012)

Public Affairs Director, Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (2007-2012)

Senior Analyst, Defense Intelligence Agency (2004-2012)

M.S. International Affairs, National Intelligence University (2009)

B.A. International Affairs, The George Washington University (2004)