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

Chicago Gay Couple Sets Out on Year-Long Tour of USA

Author: , November 6th, 2013

priscilla.ongChicago, October 1st, 2013- DJ Doran and Joe Morales the stars of the web based travel and adventure show “The Adventures of Joey & DJ” and seen on Out n About TV have departed Chicago on their 52 week journey to discover and explore Gay America aboard their 33’ vintage 1979 Bluebird Wanderlodge. The first part of their route will take them across the northern part of the country to Buffalo New York and Niagara Falls.

The second leg will be through Vermont and New Hampshire and then down the eastern coastline to Washington DC. From there they will head west to intersect the infamous Route 66 and follow its legendary path to LA before heading north on The Pacific Coast Highway to Oregon and Washington State. The final legs of their adventure will have them zigzagging their way to down from the Pacific Northwest to the Gulf Coast and Florida.

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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

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London Hotel Forces Gay Couple to Take Room With Separate Beds

Author: , February 26th, 2013

Nick Hurley Gay TravelerA gay couple who booked a double room at one of the Thistle Hotels in central London ran into a homophobic clerk when they arrived to check in, Gay Star News reports:

Nick Hurley, 22, and Gavin Maclean, 28, from Manchester, had booked a double room online at the Thistle City Barbican hotel in central London for 23 February… Speaking to Gay Star News, Hurley described how they arrived at the hotel, the receptionist looked them up and down, tapped away on his computer, and said ‘Are you sure you don’t want a room with separate beds?

Thistle Hotels denies the charges:

Thistle Hotels released a statement apologizing to the couple, and said they believe there was a problem with the online booking as no more double rooms were available. In response, Hurley said: ‘That may be the case, and I’m not saying that wasn’t what happened, but it was the way we were treated at the time. ‘It was the way it was phrased. It was “Are you sure you don’t want single beds?”

Same story, new cast.

US Tourism Ad Featuring Gay Couple Lambasted By Conservatives

Author: , June 6th, 2012

The ad promoting tourism to the U.S. seemed innocuous enough, but Family Research Council president Tony Perkins warns that the advertising campaign is being used to “highlight same-sex attractions.”

The Discover America ad highlights diversity in the US, including a song by Rosanne Cash and images of an interracial couple, two Muslim women in a city and people celebrating the Hindu festival Holi. But Perkins is peeved by its attempt “to celebrate homosexuality” by featuring a man with his arm around his partner on a bus for almost two seconds.

Perkins claimed that the ad depicts “a country of radical values and backwards priorities” for including “so much cultural baggage.”

Full Story from LGBTQ Nation

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New US Tourism Ad Features Gay Couple

Author: , April 25th, 2012

Promoting one of the world’s largest and most diverse brands is no easy job, but WPP’s JWT was up for the task to handle Brand USA. In an effort to target tourists from around the world to come and visit the United States, the company rolled out a new 60-second spot that showcases America as “The Land of Dreams.”

As diverse scenes of American landscapes and its people are shown, Johnny Cash’s daughter, Rosanne Cash, sings an inspirational song about the country. “Our goal is nothing short of rekindling the world’s love affair with the US–the place, the spirit and the dream,” said Brand USA CEO Jim Evans in a statement.

“We want to spread America’s message of welcome around the world and invite travelers to experience the limitless possibilities the United States has to offer.” The campaign will first be shown in the UK and Canada and with many more countries to follow.

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Questions Remain About Dominica Arrest of Gay Couple

Author: , March 29th, 2012

Gay Cruise and DominicaAfter authorities in Dominica arrested two gay men aboard an Atlantis cruise, some are questioning why a gay cruise would visit a nation that criminalizes gay sex.

Just days into the Atlantis-sponsored Caribbean cruise, Palm Springs couple Dennis Mayer and John Hart were called to guest relations on the Celebrity ship Summit and arrested for allegedly having sex on their balcony, according to several accounts, bringing to an abrupt end their vacation, and marking the beginning of a legal drama.

Representatives from Atlantis Events did not respond to several attempts by the Blade to discuss the incident, however the company’s president, Rich Campbell, posted a statement addressing the controversy on the Atlantis Events Facebook page on March 22.

Full Story from The Washington Blade

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Cruise Ship Captain Aleggedly Ejected Gay Passengers From Ship: “We have zero tolerance toward your behavior.”

Author: , March 25th, 2012

Gay Cruise - Captain Ejected PassengersA gay couple from California, arrested earlier this week in Dominica for alleging having sex “in open view,” are disputing accounts of the incident by the cruise operator and the Caribbean island’s authorities, and said that while in custody they were paraded around like animals.

Mayer said they were not having sex, and that they were “partially clothed.” According to Mayer, the trouble began shortly after the cruise ship Celebrity Summit docked Wednesday morning at Dominica in the eastern Caribbean. Mayer and Hart were in their room when they got a call from a cruise ship official that the ship’s captain wanted to speak to them, reported The Washington Post.

The couple was met by three cruise ship officials and six Dominica police officers. After the men were interviewed separately by police, Mayer said the ship’s assistant captain told them, “At this time, we are going to eject you from the ship. We have zero tolerance toward your behavior.”

Full Story from LGBTQ Nation

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Why Did Gay Cruise Company Choose to Visit a Homophobic Country?

Author: , March 23rd, 2012

Gay Cruise, DominicaWednesday night, March 21, KCBS News, the local CBS News affiliate in Los Angeles, lead their news-heavy broadcast with the story out of West Hollywood about how two gay men had been arrested for “buggery” (sodomy) by Dominican police on their Celebrity Summit cruise ship docked off the small Caribean country.

Travel agent Jess Kalinowsky told KCBS Channel 2: “Number one, the travel agent should have told their clients about these destinations. And number two, Atlantis should have told the clients about the destinations. And number three, the clients should have kept their windows shut.”

The real question is: why would the WeHo-based Atlantis Events cruise to anywhere near Dominica, Jamaica, the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands where they know sodomy has long been illegal?

Fox News reported an interview with President Rich Campbell, who is aboard the cruise: “Many countries and municipalities that gay men visit and live in have antiquated laws on their books,” he said. “These statutes don’t pose a concern to us in planning a tourist visit.”

Full Story from Frontiers LA

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UK: Gay Couple Wins Lawsuit Against Christian B&B

Author: , February 12th, 2012

The Court of Appeal has today upheld a landmark court ruling in favour of a gay couple refused a room by the religious owners of Cornwall hotel.

Martin Hall and Steven Preddy, civil partners, had successfully sued devout Christians Peter and Hazelmary Bull for sexual orientation discrimination.

They had been turned away from the Chymorvah Hotel near Penzance in 2008 under the Bulls’ policy of not allowing unmarried couples to share rooms.

Full Story from Pink News

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