Don’t Expect Gay Tourism When You Deny Gay Rights

Author: , April 28th, 2014

Gay TravelAs more places pass laws that recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as equal citizens under the law, the LGBT community is spending where they are welcomed – and one of America’s favorite destinations – Great Britain – has seized the opportunity with a new ‘Love is GREAT’ campaign timed to coincide with the start of marriage equality laws in England and Wales.

The world’s largest global research initiative into the lives of LGBT people has just released new stats showing that most LGBT Americans now factor in the legal situation of their next vacation destination before booking their holiday.

This is leading to smarter politicians realising that betting against equality is not a good choice. Recently the Republican Party in Nevada took opposition to gay marriage off their official party agenda. That is smart politics – and smart business. With Las Vegas eyeing off the lesbian and gay tourism market already, having marriage equality will help cement that destination’s appeal to a larger number of potential tourists.

And it is not just those that want to marry that will preference the growing number of places whose LGBT citizens are starting to enjoy something approaching equal legal rights at home.

By Ian Johnson – Huffington Post

Group Marches in Bangladesh New Year’s Parade for “Diversity”

Author: , April 20th, 2014
Diversity March - Bangladesh

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It was not a gay pride parade as reported by online media outlets, organizers of the rainbow contingent told Gay Star News today.

Several reports reported this week that Bangladesh’s LGBT community members had marched in Dhaka’s New Year festivities, ‘wearing the colors of the rainbow as an act of defiance and an appeal for the Muslim-majority country to change its law that considers same-sex relations as “unnatural” and a crime.’

The 100-strong human rainbow was held to ‘celebrate diversity and friendship,’ a spokesperson from Roopbaan, the country’s first LGBT magazine, told GSN. On Monday (April 14), the contingent walked from Dhaka University’s Faculty of Fine Art building to Ruposhi Bangla Hotel following the main trail of the Mongol Shobha Jatra procession which marks the first day of the Bengali New Year.

By Sylvia Tan – Gay Star News | Bangladesh Gay Travel Resources