Another Gay Couple Says Colombia Airport Discriminated Against Them

Author: , January 21st, 2014

César Zapata and Hunter Carter

Photo courtesy of César Zapata

A prominent same-sex marriage advocate and his husband are the second gay couple in less than a month to accuse American Airlines personnel at a Colombian airport of wrongfully separating them before boarding a flight to the U.S.

Hunter Carter, who represents three Chilean couples in a same-sex marriage lawsuit before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and spearheads other efforts in support of gay nuptials throughout Latin America, and Cesar Zapata told the Washington Blade on Monday an American Airlines ticket agent at the airport in the Colombian city of Medellin, where the couple has a home, asked them why they were traveling together as they tried to check in to their Miami-bound flight on Jan. 18. The men, who married in Connecticut in 2008 and again in New York in 2012, said they told the agent they were “a family traveling together.”

“She had this look on her face,” Carter told the Blade from New York. “She looked over to the manager and she said, ‘well I need to speak to the manager.’ We sort of knew something was funny.”

Authored By Michael K. Lavers – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Lesbian Couple Says They Were Discriminated Against at Colombian Airport

Author: , January 12th, 2014

Lesbian Couple in Colombia

Photo by Bea Leiderman

A lesbian couple alleges security personnel at a Colombian airport wrongfully separated them last month before they boarded a flight to the U.S.

Ana Elena Leiderman told the Washington Blade during a telephone interview from Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 7 that an American Airlines ticket agent at the airport in the Colombian city of Medellin separated her from her wife, Veronica Botero, and their two small children as they tried to check-in to their Miami-bound flight on Dec. 13.

Leiderman said she insisted she wanted to go through the security screening with her wife and their children. “She said, ‘oh no, for security purposes you stand over there,'” Leiderman told the Blade.

Leiderman said the ticket agent told her that she would have allowed her and Botero to go through security together if they had been a man and a woman.

Authored By Michael K. Lavers – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Gay Travel: Overheard at the Airport

Author: , April 16th, 2012

Gay Travel: Overheard at the AirportIn the span of two hours in an airport, I had several encounters that variously heartened and disappointed me. I overheard a conversation between an American woman and a presumably straight British man who told her his day had started in Texas, where the hotel clerk had taken great pains to tell him that he was in “the country of Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” He was duly mortified at the jackasses who chose to wear their bigotry as a badge of honor.

In a another instance, I was taking a final look over our interview with Laverne Cox on my iPad when a waitress from an airline lounge leaned in and told me what a beautiful woman Laverne is. I agreed and said that she’s a transgender actress in a upcoming movie. Our ensuing tussle over pronouns gave me a familiar twinge, and I wondered whether I’d stumbled, as is my wont, into unfriendly conversational territory.

Full Story from The Advocate

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NY: Delay a Plane, Pay a Fine?

Author: , March 28th, 2012

Airplane Delay FeeHas your airplane ever been delayed because someone was too drunk for it take off or a rowdy passenger wouldn’t shut off their iPhone (cough: Alec Baldwin)?

Well, if airlines have anything to do it, these passengers will soon be paying hefty fines for their misbehavior. Three New York-area airports have proposed a new policy that will charge these men and women for delaying the flight. And as you can imagine, these fines may be pretty hefty.

Full Story from Passport Magazine

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