Gays and lesbians have a new reason to be glued to their iPhones after a new application was released Friday.

The GayCities application maps nearby gay-friendly restaurants, bars, hotels, and beaches in more than 70 cities worldwide allowing iPhone users to easily navigate nearby gay and gay-friendly haunts.

Available for free at the iPhone App Store, the GayCities iPhone application is the first application from a gay media or Internet company and it fully leverages the advanced location, mapping and live connection capabilities of the iPhone and iPod touch.

"The GayCities application and the iPhone platform are a perfect match for gays and lesbians who spend significantly more on travel and leisure activities than the national average and are known as technology early adopters," said Scott Gatz, founder and CEO, GayCities.com. "The iPhone brings our worldwide listings and user reviews right to the palm of the user’s hands, so they know what to do, where to eat, and where to stay wherever they are."

GayCities provides LGBT travelers with a richer, more personalized experience with greater convenience and access to accurate information, reviews, and ratings by fellow travelers than they could otherwise get with typical printed city guides.

Features of the GayCities iPhone application include up-to-date information with one click for phone number, Web site and directions, instant access to reviews and ratings by like-minded travelers and a mapping feature to quickly find nearby locations.

GayCities.com is the most comprehensive, user-friendly online travel guide for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Designed to bring useful, up-to-date information on gay bars, clubs, hotels, restaurants, beaches to the masses, GayCities is community-driven, with thousands of listings and reviews, so that users can find out what travelers really think about a destination. GayCities currently provides in-depth reviews and information on destinations in more than 70 cities worldwide.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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