Meet Meg Ten Eyck, the dynamic CEO and Founder of EveryQueer, a multifaceted company building bridges across identities and borders.

Meg Ten Eyck is the CEO and Founder of EveryQueer, a publisher of detailed travel content, a curator of lesbian parties, and a creator of worldwide LGBTQ tours. EveryQueer’s mission is to inspire people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender presentations to think differently about the global queer community while boldly seeking adventure and connection.

Meg is an award-winning LGBTQ+ publisher with years of experience in the travel creator industry, including being an early contributor to this very blog!

Now, she is also a finalist for Creator of the Year at the 2024 Bessie Awards. This award honors a creator who has gone above and beyond in the past year to challenge the status quo as a thought leader in the industry.

Photo of Meg Ten Eyck
Photo courtesy of Meg Ten Eyck

The Bessie Awards honor women and gender-diverse people of impact in travel, particularly influencers, creative entrepreneurs, marketers, and other representatives who have contributed unique voices and work to the travel industry.

You can join us in Salt Lake City for the 2024 Bessie Awards ceremony to celebrate Meg and the other finalists across the 9 award categories.

Meg took some time to share her story with us, from founding EveryQueer to the huge new event she’s planning in NYC.

Founding EveryQueer: A Mission for Inclusivity

Over a decade ago, Meg started one of the first travel sites for queer women while she was living and working in Seoul, South Korea. “At the time, they were very there was very little information about LGBTQ travel in general,” Meg tells us. 

“But what did exist was mostly prioritizing selling products to gay men,” she continues. “The rest of the LGBTQ+ community was rarely mentioned. What was available at the time didn’t provide any information about how to travel, where to travel, what was safe, what you could do.  I was determined to change that. ”

Recognizing this gap in information as an opportunity, Meg seized it.

“I was uniquely qualified because of my background and activism and politics,” she explains.

“Since that point, EveryQueer has expanded to be a four-part company with media, consulting, events, and tours at our core.”

Community-Centric Initiatives

Meg’s unwavering motivation stems from her commitment to serving the LGBTQ+ community. “We are a company that started to meet the needs of our community,” she explains. “Over the years, many well-meaning people have suggested that focusing on the needs of queer women will never be as profitable as focusing on a larger population.

“While that is true,” she continues, “my motivation has always centered on our community first. Even in times, like Covid, where business has been bleak, I’m proud that we always used our community as a guiding light for our mission.”  

I’m proud that we always used our community as a guiding light for our mission.”  

Meg Ten Eyck

Whether through media, consulting, events, or tours, the aim of EveryQueer is to offer meaningful opportunities and valuable resources to LGBTQ+ individuals, ensuring their experiences in the travel landscape are enriching and supported.

“In terms of the actual day-to-day work we do, I’m most proud of our consulting projects with brands and destinations,” Meg says. “We advise our clients on how to become more welcoming and inclusive for LGBTQ travelers. It’s important and necessary work — but as someone who sees myself as an educator and activist first — it really fills my cup.”

Finding Inspiration in the Industry & Forging Ahead

When we ask her who inspires her in the travel industry today, Meg tells us that “LoAnn Halden, the Vice President of Communications for IGLTA, has always been a mentor and a friend to me.”

Taking that inspiration forward, Meg has big plans for the future. “We’re launching the Queer Media Summit in February of 2025 in New York City,” she shares. “QMS is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ Media professionals of all stripes to network, learn, and connect with brand partners in our 1:1 Media Marketplace.”

As the creators of the annual WITS Creator Summit, we love seeing more opportunities for content creators to build their business savvy and change the media landscape for good. 

We can’t wait to see QMS launch and grow!

Envisioning the Future: Experiential and Accessible Travel

“I think travel is becoming more and more experiential as it becomes more accessible,” Meg reflects. “I love to see people traveling to make memories and truly experience art and culture around the world. Regardless if it’s a music festival in Austin, high tea in London, or wandering the grounds of the Taj Mahal in Agra experiences are the cornerstones of travel memories.”

I think travel is becoming more and more experiential as it becomes more accessible.

Meg Ten Eyck

Meg’s impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the EveryQueer platform. Leaving an indelible mark on the broader landscape of inclusive travel.

“I’m honored to have the work we do at EveryQueer recognized by such an important and incredible organization,” Meg says of her Bessie Awards nomination.

And we’re honored to have you in our community, Meg!