NC: Marriage Equality Ban Overshadows Triangle Pride

Author: , September 25th, 2011

Triangle Gay PrideFirst came the Harley riders, then the hula-hoop dancer, then the bagpipes and bubbles and kazoos, topped off by Randy Jones, the original cowboy from the Village People, riding on the hood of a Jeep.

On the surface, the 27th N.C. Pride Parade offered a mishmash of frivolity and gaudiness, best illustrated by the man dressed as Jesus on roller-skates, draped with a rainbow flag.

But an urgent tone ran through this festival for the Triangle’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens Saturday: Defeat the same-sax marriage amendment.

Full Story from the News Observer

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Ten Great Gay Honeymoon Locations

Author: , August 18th, 2011

Now that gay New Yorkers can tie the knot, there’s even more reason they should go all-out on a splashy honeymoon. But where to? We asked the experts for the top 10 gay-friendly getaway spots to celebrate coupledom.

CAPE TOWN

The same reasons that make Cape Town a favorite holiday destination — stunning beaches, dramatic mountains, excellent local wines, vibrant dining and nightlife scenes — also make it an ideal honeymoon spot. Especially for gay couples: There’s a large, openly gay population, same-sex marriage is legal in South Africa (since 2006) and the constitution safeguards LGBT rights.

When celebrity event designer Colin Cowie returns to his native country, he frequents the buzzy Grand Daddy Hotel: “The rooftop trailer park is unique — seven Airstream trailers were airlifted upstairs and handed over to artists and designers to rehab into guest rooms.” Its location is also key, notes Cowie, “within steps of the mixed clubbing, cruising and shopping of Long Street and the cultural sights of the City Bowl, as well as within walking distance of the Waterkant gayborhood.”

Full Story from the NY Post

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NY: Marriage Equality May Be Tourism Boon for State

Author: , July 7th, 2011

New York Gay WeddingsNow that New York’s Marriage Equality Act has been signed into law, love and marriage can finally go together, legally, for same-sex couples in New York. That’s good news, of course, for the thousands of same-sex couples that have been waiting to walk down the aisle, say “I do,” and go home with an official marriage license.

But it’s also good news for the hotels, restaurants, horse and carriage drivers and other segments of the New York state travel industry and the Empire State’s overall economy.

New York City is about to roll out a global marketing campaign – NYC I DO — to promote the attractiveness of the city’s five boroughs as gay wedding destinations. A list of NYC I DO hotel and wedding packages are already listed on the nycgo.com website. “The potential spending associated with gay marriage is quite simply immense,” said Ian Johnson, CEO of global LGBT marketing specialist, Out Now.

Full Story from MSNBC

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Can Gay Tourists Get Married in Argentina?

Author: , January 23rd, 2011

Six months have passed since the Argentina Federal Same-Sex Marriage and Adoption Act was signed into law on July 22, 2010.

Though a predominantly Roman Catholic country, Argentina is now at the vanguard of gay rights in South America and is one of only a handful of countries globally that allow gay couples to wed. Although statistics are not available, estimates are that more than 1,000 same-sex couples have taken advantage of the new law and tied the knot in Argentina last year.

However, there is some confusion and uncertainty as to whether LGBT tourists from other countries may also visit Argentina for their wedding and honeymoon. But there is no ambiguity when it comes to declaring Argentina as the most gay-friendly and gay-welcoming country in South America after taking this bold step forward towards equality for its gay and lesbian citizens.

Full Story from SDGLN

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Latin American Airline Nominated for Best Gay friendly Airline by LOGO

Author: , September 29th, 2010

MTV’s LOGO has nominated LAN Airlines for the coveted “Best Airline” award in their second annual TripOut Gay Travel Awards. LAN Airlines is the only non-U.S. airline to be nominated for this accolade. American Airlines, Delta, Jet Blue, Southwest and Virgin America are also nominated.

LAN Airlines Marketing Communications Manager, Megan Kat, was excited about the airline’s monumental nomination. “LAN Airlines is honored to be the only non-U.S. airline nominated for ‘Best Airline’ in Logo’s second annual TripOut Gay Travel Awards. LAN is South America’s leading international airline, offering award-winning service to and within South America from its gateways in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Toronto.”

Kat continued, “LAN provides extensive service to the top destinations in South America for LGBT travelers, including Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Sao Paulo and Lima, as well as more exotic tourist destinations such as Iguazu Falls, Easter Island, Cuzco/Machu Picchu and the Galapagos. LAN is also a proud and active supporter of several important LGBT organizations, including IGLTA, NGLCC, IGLCC and San Francisco Pride.”

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Mexico City Invites Gay/Lesbian Honeymooners

Author: , September 3rd, 2010

Gay Friendly Mexico Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation RentalsM

As more governments approve same-sex marriage laws, officials here are hoping to attract a growing part of the tourism market: gay honeymoons.

The first couple to wed under Argentina’s recent law allowing same-sex marriages nationwide arrives in Mexico this week on an all-expenses-paid trip — part of a new push by the government in Mexico City, Mexico to woo gay travelers.

“We hope that many same-sex couples who get married around the world spend their honeymoons here,”says Alejandro Rojas, the city’s tourism secretary.

Full Story from CNN

Buenos Airies Gay Travel to Boom

Author: , August 27th, 2010

Gay Friendly Argentina Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Buenos Aires has been making the cover of newspapers and magazines all over the world since the Argentine Senate voted to legalize same-sex marriage, and the tourism industry there hopes for huge things.

Travel Weekly’s got on update on what the Argentineans are saying about there country post-marriage equality. “This will position us as… a great place to visit,” said Carlos Melia, a 36-year-old Argentine whose boutique travel agency and consulting firm, CM by Carlos Melia, specializes in gay travel to the region. “We’re on the front pages of newspapers and magazines all over the world. Now everyone’s talking about Buenos Aires and Argentina. Not just gays; other minorities see that Argentina is an open and accepting country.”

Buenos Aires has a vibrant nightlife, gay-friendly hotels, world-class restaurants, and wonderful sites – all in an environment where people are free to be themselves – it’s a recipe for tourism success!

Full Story from Passport Magazine

Five Great Gay Marriage Travel Destinations

Author: , August 7th, 2010

Same-sex couples tired of waiting for California to get over its issues with homophobia should be encouraged by the number of great places where same-sex marriage isn’t just legal, it’s welcomed – in a few cases for years. (If you guessed “Utah,” please move to the back of the line.)

While the logistics of actually saying “I do” away from home can be lengthy and complex (especially overseas), here’s five destinations that support same-sex marriage that are worth seeing – and worth supporting with tourist dollars.

Vancouver, B.C.: Same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada since 2005, although Vancouver’s favorite “gayborhood,” Davie Village, has been the gay and lesbian heartbeat since long before that. A lot of the same vibe here as in San Francisco, although with an even bigger mix of ethnic cultures.

Barcelona, Spain: Fortunately, Gen. Francisco Franco is still dead. (To say the famed dictator was not a friend of Friends of Dorothy is a hefty understatement.) Among the best-loved cities in Spain for same-sex culture and nightlife, the main gay neighborhood in Barcelona is L’Eixample (alternately known as Gayxample), but much of the rest of the city is so vibrant don’t limit yourself, especially after 10 p.m. when the dinner bell finally rings.

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Argentina: Gay Tourism Set to Boom

Author: , July 23rd, 2010

Gay Friendly Argentina Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Argentina is set to see an increase in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) tourists who accounted for 17.8 percent of visitors in 2008, thanks to the same-sex marriage bill that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner signed into law yesterday evening.

Tourism Minister Enrique Meyer, one of the opening speakers at the third annual GNetwork360 tourism and marketing conference yesterday, talked to the Herald about the effect of the new law.

He said: “Argentina is already standing out. Two days ago I was told that interest in terms of tourism is already rising as this is a country that is more open than others in terms of rights and how it treats its citizens.”

Full Story from the Buenos Aires Herald

Can Gay & Lesbian Couples Travel to Argentina to Marry?

Author: , July 16th, 2010

Gay Friendly Argentina Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

On July 15, the Argentinean senate legalized same-sex marriage. It is the first country in Latin America to protect equal rights for homosexual citizens. According to an

Associated Press news release, 33 lawmakers voted for, 27 against, and three abstained from the vote. The law will be officially established as soon as the official bulletin is published. President Cristina Fernandez seems to support the decision of the Senate. Here are some questions and answers about the new legislation to legalize gay marriage in Argentina.

Can a Gay Couple Travel to Argentina to Marry?

“Marriage tourism” probably won’t happen in Argentina just yet for two reasons. First, the law says that only citizens and permanent legal residents can have a civil marriage in the country. So, unless one member of the gay couple was either born in Argentina or has citizenship through family members, non-Argentinean gay couples will not be allowed to legally wed.

Full Story from Associated Content