Alaska Airlines Downgrades Gay Couple So Straight Couple Can Sit Together

Author: , August 1st, 2018

David Cooley

ALASKA Airlines is under fire after a gay couple were downgraded from its “premium class” to make way for a straight couple.

Passenger David Cooley said he and his partner were moved to economy from their pre-booked premium seats. David, the owner of a bar called The Abbey in West Hollywood, was flying from New York to Los Angeles last Sunday with his partner when they were asked to move so a heterosexual couple could sit together.

He said that he when they explained that they too were a couple, the flight attendant insisted that they moved to economy seats or leave the plane.

David wrote on Facebook: “I have never been so discriminated against while travelling before. “I was removed from an Alaska Airlines flight 1407 from John F. Kennedy International Airport to LAX to give preferential treatment to a straight couple.

By Rosie Gizauskas – Full Story at The Sun

Traveling While Queer

Author: , January 4th, 2018

Traveling While Queer

Do you get excited at the thought of packing up the car and heading home for the holidays or setting off on a cross-country road trip? I don’t.

When my girlfriend, Lara, and I travel on the road, we have to take precautions. We’re constantly on guard against strangers. Lara is a transgender woman of color, and at rest stops I’m never far from her side, guarding her like a Secret Service agent. Lara doesn’t want to stop at gas stations, and she’ll have me pump gas so that no one can see her and try to size her up.

Late one evening this year, Lara and I were driving home to Charlotte, N.C., from Wilmington, N.C., a three-hour trip. We stopped at a service station in a small town called Whiteville. As I filled the tank and Lara sat in the car, I saw a group of people who could have been extras on “Duck Dynasty” gathered by two pickup trucks. I could feel them glaring at us.

One truck screeched out of the gas station, while the other remained. I got into the passenger seat without telling Lara what I saw and fell asleep. About an hour later, she woke me up with words you never want to hear: “We’re being followed.”

By Joanne Spataro – Full Story at the New York Times

Before Purple Roofs, There Was The Green Book

Author: , January 8th, 2016

Editor’s note: I find this story fascinating. Just as LGBT travelers needed a guide to places to stay that were friendly to them, African Americans had their own guide before Civil Rights legislation forced all public accommodations to serve their community without bias.

The Green Book

For African American travelers, much of the U.S. could be a hateful and dangerous place, even into the 1960’s.

Jim Crow laws across the South mandated that restaurants, hotels, pool halls and parks strictly separate whites and blacks. Lynchings kept blacks in fear of mob violence. And there were thousands of so-called “sundown towns,” including in northern states like Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan, which barred blacks after dark, an unofficial rule reinforced by the threat of violence.

So in 1936, a postal worker named Victor Green began publishing a guide to help African American travelers find friendly restaurants, auto shops and accommodations in far-off places. Green dubbed the guide after himself – the “Green Book” – and published it for decades. Green says he was inspired by the Jewish press, which had long published information on restricted places.

By Ana Swanson – Full Story at The Washington Post

Gay Couple Turned Away From Cape Town Guesthouse Wins Case

Author: , April 17th, 2015

South_African_Gay_CoupleA gay couple who won a legal case against the owners of a Christian guesthouse can now proclaim victory. A South African court has said LGBTI people cannot be discriminated against in public services.

Neil Coulson and his husband Jonathan Sedgwick had tried to get a room at the Wolseley guesthouse in Cape Town in November 2013. After they tried to book, they were told by owners Marina and Seth Neethling the establishment was not ‘gay friendly’.

Supported by Freedom of Religion SA, the Neethlings argued they were unable to accomodate the gay couple because ‘if they willingly and knowingly make a room available where homosexual sex will be practiced, this will make them liable to sin as they would in effect be helping the homosexual couple to sin.’

By Joe Morgan – Full Story at Gay Star News | Cape Town Gay Travel Resources

Wales: Christian Mayor Wants to Ban Gay Couples From His B&B’s Double Rooms

Author: , March 22nd, 2014

Highland Moors Guest House

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The Christian Party Mayor of Llandrindod Wells says European judges should allow him the right to refuse same-sex couples from sharing a double room at his B&B. Councillor Jeff Green, leader of the Christian Party in Wales, runs the Highland Moors guesthouse with his wife, Sue, in Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales.

“It all started with a letter from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) who said they had received a complaint about a line on our website which said we had double rooms for married couples,” said Councillor Green. “We agreed to remove this from our website and suddenly the complaint completely vanished.”

The EHRC dropped the complaint after the Greens changed their policy to no longer provide a double bed in any room but offer twin rooms with separate single beds. The couple are now taking their case to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

See the Full Story at Pink News

Click here for gay travel resources in Wales.

B&B Owner in Illinois Won’t Allow Same Sex Weddings At Property

Author: , January 21st, 2014

Illinois B&B ComplaintThe owner of a bed and breakfast in Illinois is making headlines Tuesday after vowing he will not host same-sex weddings at his venue, Central Illinois’ The News-Gazette reports.

Jim Walder, who owns the TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast near Paxton, Ill., (about 111 miles north east of Springifled, Ill.) told the newspaper he won’t allow LGBT couples to marry at his B&B, even though Illinois legalized same-sex marriage last June.

“As long as I own TimberCreek, there will never be a gay marriage at this wedding venue,” Walder, who said he is a Christian, told the paper.

Authored By Jason St. Amand – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

Click here for gay travel resources in Illinois.

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

Click here for gay travel resources in Colombia.

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

Click here for gay travel resources in Colombia.

UK Christian B&B Owners Lose Appeal to Supreme Court

Author: , November 27th, 2013

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The Christian guesthouse owners who banned a gay couple from sleeping in a double room has lost their Supreme Court appeal. Hazelmary and Peter Bull refused to let civil partners Steven Preddy and Martyn Hall stay at Chymorvah House in Marazion in Cornwall, England in 2008.

The British couple, who regard any sex outside marriage as a ‘sin’, have already lost their fight in the Court of Appeal.

Five Supreme Court judges unanimously ruled against the guesthouse owners, saying the Bulls had discriminated against the gay couple.

Authored By Joe Morgan – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

Click here for gay travel resources in Cornwall, England.

Las Vegas Vacation Rental Company Refuses Gay Couple

Author: , November 3rd, 2013

n-TIM-AND-DAN-large570When partners Dr. Timothy Seelig and Dan England received an invitation from a company called Best Vacations Ever for a discounted time share vacation package, the pair decided to take them up on the offer.

Seelig, the director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, and England decided on a date and purchased a vacation package to Las Vegas. However, when Seelig called Best Vacations Ever to reserve the dates of their trip after the company had already accepted their credit card information and sent them welcome materials, they were allegedly met with the following interaction.

Seelig told The Huffington Post in an email: They were most helpful and eager to make the arrangements… until [Dan] said the second person was named Tim. They asked if that was a male?… [The representative] said, ‘Please hold a moment.’ After five minutes or so, she came back on the line and said, ‘I’m so sorry, we don’t allow same-sex couples to use the Vegas vacation offer. We can book you in Orlando or New Orleans, but not Vegas.’ We spent the entire day in shock…

Authored By James Nichols – See the Full Story at the Huffington Post

Click here for gay travel resources in Nevada.