Lesbian Travelers You Should Follow on Instagram

Author: , July 12th, 2017

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Jamie Tabberer at Gay Star News has unearthed a bunch of great lesbian travelers you should be following in Instagram.

By amie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star Travel

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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Being Safe When You Travel

Author: , June 11th, 2012

Gay TravelThe recent incident of a gay couple on a cruise ship in a foreign port who were accused of public sex on the balcony of their stateroom reminds us to research the laws and customs of other countries, and to be very aware of our actions that might be misconstrued. Here are some important points to consider when you travel – along with some tips to help prevent crooks from taking advantage of you.

Learn as much as you can about your travel destination and points in between. Are there laws that support and protect LGBT persons? In many areas of the world, laws and customs demonize and criminalize homosexuals. Remember that rural areas in most countries are likely to be more conservative and less tolerant. Hotels there may not accept bookings from same-sex couples. Exercise discretion everywhere. Unfortunately, it is best to avoid excessive physical shows of affection.

Find out about the situation from local LGBT groups or a trusted and savvy travel agent or tour operator. They know the attitudes and issues of the country or city. Be especially careful if you intend to frequent cruising areas or Internet chat rooms. Police in some countries have been known to carry out entrapment campaigns.

Full Story from SDGLN

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Ten Lessons for Gay/Lesbian Travelers

Author: , December 27th, 2010

I’ve been on the road for six months already, which seems like an awfully long time to be living out of a backpack but just barely enough time to see a chunk of the world. This milestone happens to coincide with the end of the year, which is already a time of reflection.

Now it’s even more of an opportunity to think about home, family and my place in the world. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

1. Open up. Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know something. I used to have a problem asking for help; now I have to ask 27 different strangers how to get to the bus station, how much it should cost, which stop I should take. It’s OK to be vulnerable and trust people.

2. Sharing is fun. Remember show-and-tell time in kindergarten? Traveling is like that, but on an extremely large scale. I’ve introduced South Africans to Mexican food, shared photos of my family with villagers in Uganda and taught Rwandans how to play bingo. In exchange, I’ve picked up a few new phrases in different languages, sampled local foods and learned how to wield a machete in a rice field.

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KLM Launches Travel Contest Geared to UK Gay/Lesbian Community

Author: , August 21st, 2010

KLM SweepstakesJust got this from KLM:

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has launched its first ever gay online game in the UK. The airline, which is a staunch supporter of the gay community in the Netherlands, has previously worked with the LGBT community in London but this is the first time the airline has targeted a UK-wide audience.

The game, entitled “The KLM Gay Getaway!”, which can be accessed at www.theklmgaygetaway.co.uk , focuses on the gay capitals of the world. Players get a whistle stop tour of the top KLM gay destinations as they answer a series of multiple choice questions about each city. The view-master mechanic flicks up images of various cities with the questions overlaid on top of the images. At the end of ten questions players can register their details in order to be put into a prize draw to win flights to a gay KLM destination of their choice.

Verane Brissaud, Marketing Communications Manager, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines UK & Ireland, commented “The UK’s LGBT community is very internet savvy and many are very well travelled. We wanted to remind the LGBT community that KLM is an option for them when planning their next holiday, not only because we fly to the most gay friendly destinations in the world, but also because we fly from 15 airports in the UK to the rest of the world, via one of the world’s gayest capitals – Amsterdam. ‘The KLM Gay Getaway!’ is a fun, light-hearted game that we hope will engage with audiences and get them talking about KLM – and hopefully flying with us!”

Enter the contest here.