Disney Movies and the Magical Locations That Inspired Them

Author: , December 30th, 2017

Disney Locations

Do you know where Frozen is set? What about Beauty and the Beast?

1 Scottish Highlands – Brave (2012)

Firstly we have Pixar animation Brave, set in the Middle Ages. It follows rough and tumble Scottish princess Merida as she explores the rugged, mountainous Scottish landscape. While trying to evade an arranged marriage and undo an evil curse, as you do.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

Should Gays Travel to Hostile Places?

Author: , June 19th, 2014

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LGBT travelers take between five and seven trips a year. One survey found that 71% of gay U.S. respondents possessed valid passports, as opposed to 25% of the total population. Many LGBT travelers have ample disposable income. Yet for those who travel internationally, the world can seem polarized into gay-welcoming and gay-hostile places.

Europe west of Russia is free of legislation against homosexuality, and Argentina and Spain may be lightening up on machismo stereotypes. This month alone, a baker’s dozen pride events were scheduled around the world, from Athens to Zurich, Paris to Shanghai, Oslo to Tel Aviv. But citing religious beliefs, anti-colonialism and general disapproval, as many as 81 countries and territories currently limit or forbid same-sex relations.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has described homosexuals as “worse than dogs, pigs, goats and birds.” Russia legislated against vaguely defined gay “propaganda” and saw a rise in anti-LGBT violence. And the ongoing Beverly Hills Hotel boycott resulted from Brunei’s impending Shariah legal code suggesting death by stoning of, among others, homosexuals.

How should LGBT Americans deal with the realities of traveling in potentially hostile environments? Four approaches emerged from interviews with more than 20 LGBT (and a couple of straight) agents, travelers, organizational officials and media types as well as hoteliers.

By Abe Peck – Full Story at Travel Weekly

Ten Great Gay Wedding Destinations

Author: , June 3rd, 2012

The steadily increasing stream of states and countries legalizing gay marriage has dramatically changed the lives of LGBT people and their loved ones in recent years. In honour of the growing number of places to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender nuptials, online travel adviser Cheapflights (www.cheapflights.com) has come up with its top 10 list of gay wedding destinations. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Washington, D.C. USA: Although gay marriage was only first legalized in D.C. on December 18, 2009, America’s capital has long possessed a large LGBT population. As such, America’s capital has no dearth of gay-friendly neighborhoods and hotels for your wedding festivities. Imagine a rooftop reception with panoramic views of the city – you and your beloved a part of the history of America beginning to make good on its promise of “equality and justice for all.”

2. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Since Paris has yet to legalize gay marriage, Montreal is the next best thing. With beautiful parks, fantastic cuisine, a raucous nightlife and an unrivaled atmosphere of convivialite, Montreal is a perfect place to say, “I do.” In fact, it’s so charming you might even want to stay on for your honeymoon. Plus, the city’s close proximity to Mont Tremblant is an added bonus if you’d like to get away for skiing in the winter or exploring of the great outdoors in summer months.

Full Story from Reuters.com

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