15 Cool Transgender Travelers on Instagram

Author: , October 27th, 2016

Transgender Travelers

It’s official: the travel Instagrammer’s selfie is the new postcard. Kind of.

Each week, we’re delving into the photo-sharing website for intimate glimpses into the lives and loves of LGBTIs on the road. This week we’re looking at transgender travelers around the globe.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

Still More to Do To Make Fort Lauderdale Trans Traveler Friendly

Author: , September 17th, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Gay TourismBroward County’s tourism bureau has been marketing to the LGBT community since 1996, but results of a survey released Monday show extra effort is needed to attract more transgender travelers.

In August, some 700 members of the transgender community across 48 states participated in the online survey conducted by Community Marketing & Insights, a San Francisco-based specialty marketing and research firm.

Only 10 percent of participants perceived Fort Lauderdale to be very trans-friendly, the study revealed. Nearly half (48 percent) of respondents polled perceived Fort Lauderdale as not being transgender-friendly, while 43 percent said it was somewhat trans-friendly, according to the study commissioned by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

By Arlene Satchell – Full Story at The Sun Sentinel | Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources

Turbulent Times for Transgender Travelers

Author: , June 1st, 2014

Transgender FlagFor two years, 27-year-old Reilley Clemens hadn’t gone home. Not because she didn’t have the money or the will to travel, but because she feared what she might experience at the airport. Clemens, a women’s studies graduate student of the University of Florida, is transgender. And for trans people, airline travel – which is already a hassle for any gender – can become a complicated, frightening proposition, especially when it comes to security checks.

“Who’s going to perform the search? Where’s it going to be performed? I feel like someone would mistreat me or something would happen,” Clemens said. “There’d be an awkward pause where I’d have to explain that I’m trans.”

In the trans community, it’s understood procedures at airports are overly invasive and, at times, uncomfortable. Transgender people can experience problems if their appearance does not match the picture or gender identified on their identification. Ryan Nowak-Crawford, an 18-year-old undergraduate at the University of Southern California, said it’s not systematic discrimination, but it could potentially lead to discrimination. “Having the security person check you can make a trans person very uncomfortable,” Crawford said. “If that particular security official had something against trans people, it could make your life difficult.”

By Nicole Wiesenthal – Edge Boston