2 Travel Dads Show Their Kids the World – Gay Star News

Author: , January 8th, 2018

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‘It happened the other day! It didn’t hurt! The Tooth Fairy came!’ A beautiful six-year-old with a gap-toothed smile has taken over my Skype interview with his doting dads Chris and Rob Taylor. And, of course, I can’t help but laugh. He has that adorable, squeaky accent many US kids have, straight out of a milk commercial.

Oliver shows me where his tooth used to be, as his three-year-old brother Elliott busies himself with toys nearby. It’s a typical morning in the Taylor household in Puget Sound near Seattle, in the US state of Washington.

The family’s second home, however, is the open road. After all, Chris and Rob aren’t regular dads: they’re 2 Travel Dads. ‘We have a scratch map – we scratch off the countries we’ve been to,’ explains globe-trotter Rob, age 37. ‘We’ve been to 15 or 16 so far,’ adds Chris, 41, who’s been married to Rob for five years.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

Rehoboth Beach an Evolving LGBT Family Destination

Author: , September 28th, 2016

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There’s no denying that Rehoboth Beach has a certain reputation. The city has become known for two things: fine dining and being LGBT-friendly. But Steve Elkins, executive director of CAMP (Creating a More Positive) Rehoboth, remembers a time when that was not the case. “Things here really started to change in the 90s,” he said, recalling the large influx of LGBT-inclined vacationers. “There was this bumper sticker that read, ‘Keep Rehoboth a family town’ and we all knew what it meant.

“But the fact of the matter is that families come in all shapes and sizes. Rehoboth is more gay-friendly than ever, and it’s still a family town.” Rehoboth Beach recently earned online recognition for the city it has become. A survey named the city as one of the world’s top travel destinations for gay visitors, just behind Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and Tel Aviv, Israel.

SCRUFF, a gay dating app with more than 10 million members, collaborated with The New York Times to survey members about their off-the-beaten-path travel destinations, as well as their impressions about safety in places with a history of anti-LGBT discrimination.

By Hannah Carroll – Full Story at Delmarva Now

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Vancouver’s Family-Friendly Gaycation Spots

Author: , June 11th, 2016

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Traveling with kids can be a wonderful, memory-building experience. Let’s be honest, it can also be one of those nightmares you can’t wake yourself up from. My wife used to be a travel agent so spends weeks planning our vacations. If our son had his way, the only sights we would see would be toy stores and amusement parks. I, on the other hand, have about a 30-minute tolerance for “family fun” activities before I start punching myself in the face and must be brought wine immediately. Balancing everyone’s vacation needs isn’t easy but if you’re visiting Vancouver, you’re in luck. Here are three uniquely Vancouver spots offering family fun without family breakdowns:

Granville Island

Your littles of any age will love Kids Market with a four-level play area, toy shops, old-fashioned arcade, outdoor water park and, every kid’s favorite, their very own kid-sized entrance door. Now that our son is a tween he’s too tall (and cool) for the door but it’s still the perfect height for me! “Ugh, mom, you’re so embarrassing.”

Granville Island is also home to artist studios, clothing boutiques, gift shops, restaurants and the world famous Public Market. You could spend all day wandering outdoors, taking in busker performances, watching for seals in the surrounding waters, or enjoying an adult beverage on a patio. From Granville Island you can take a wee ferry to several fun places like Science World, the Maritime Museum and English Bay. Not just a daytime destination, Granville Island has the highest concentration of live theatres in Vancouver, a brewery, and a hotel so you could happily spend a weekend there.

By Morgan Brayton – Full Story at Passport

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Playground for LGBTI Families to Open in Florida

Author: , September 21st, 2015

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Families of all shapes and sizes are to benefit from a new interactive playground in Florida, USA, specifically designed to create a safe space for LGBTI parents, children, and straight allies to network.

The playground will be built at the Fort Lauderdale’s Pride Center – a community center which provides social services including counselling, mentoring, exercise classes and HIV testing – in order to support the growing number of LGBTI families in the South Florida area.

Surveys of local LGBTI parents have indicated there are insufficient resources and services locally, and that same-sex couples parenting children have their own set of unique challenges. ‘With the national legislation of gay marriages and state adoptions by gay couples, we are evolving to fulfill our mission,’ said Robert Boo, CEO of The Pride Center. ‘As our stakeholders expand their families, we must be prepared to respond to this changing environment and the playground build is an ideal start.’

By Mel Spencer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources

Five Amazing LGBT Family Friendly Destinations

Author: , September 14th, 2015

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Although many countries have only recently legalised same-sex marriage and adoption, there are still plenty of options for you and your family when it come to holidaying as an LGBT family. Here, PinkNews takes a look at the top 5 places to go – but be warned, you may never want to come back!

5. Stockholm

Known as the Venice of the North thanks to its scenic waterways and leafy green parks that cover its various islands, picturesque Stockholm has to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, if not the world. It also happens to be one of Europe’s most LGBT friendly cities – with a huge annual LGBT Pride Parade.

So if you’re looking for a trendy city break that is fun for all of the family, why not try Sweden’s stunning capital city?

By Joe Williams – Full Story at Pink News

Eight Travel Tips for Gay-Family Getaways

Author: , August 5th, 2015

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Traveling with my little family has always been a pleasurable experience. I believe it’s because of the research and preparation we’ve done prior to booking any trip. I’ve compiled a checklist of sorts that will help you when planning for your vacation. The last thing you want to do is have your family feel uncomfortable or have a holiday ruined because you did not take the time to prepare. Being welcome as an LBGT family makes for a vacation that you will cherish forever.

1. Go Beyond Gay Family Friendly Logos

When searching for amazing gay family getaways, it is important to understand that “gay friendly” may differ from gay “family” friendly. Some people may be okay with same-gender couples, but may be intolerant of same-gender couples with children. Call hotels and resorts and explain that you are a LGBT Family and would like to know how you may be received. You’d be surprised how honest (positively or negatively) they may respond.

I learned that national and international registries boasting “gay family friendly” travel destinations may not be entirely accurate. I’ve also learned that resorts and/or hotels can pay to be on some of these registries, no matter if they have had “sensitivity training” (as they call it in the service industry) towards LGBT Families. You should also know that any travel website can put up a “gay family friendly” logo just to attract travelers. Ask friends, check forums, and review sites to see what others have experienced when staying at these hotels/resorts.

By H. Luiz Martinez – Full Story at Passport Magazine

Visiting Paris With Kids

Author: , July 24th, 2015

Paris, France Gay TravelParis, one of the most visited cities in the world, is a fantasy wonderland for anyone, including gay and lesbian couples with children. There is no greater joy for a parent than see- ing the expression on their child’s face when he or she gasps upon first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower, tastes his or her first crepe, or looks wide-eyed at the impressive Notre Dame.

One of the first orders of business for President Hollande when he took office in 2012 was to make gay marriage legal in France.

Coupled with being well known as a gay and children-friendly des- tination, Paris is an ideal place to bring the family and to make memo- ries that will last forever in the City of Light. Here is our comprehensive guide of what to see and do, all broken down into specific categories as to not overwhelm you with all the marvels of Paris.

By Richard Nahem – Full Story at Passport | Paris Gay Travel Resources

Focus on LGBT Family Travel

Author: , July 8th, 2015

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul J. Heney

Jackie Cooper, a curator at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, grew excited when she located the clownfish — made famous as the central character in the animated film “Finding Nemo” — swimming in the facility’s enormous blacktip reef tank.

“With clownfish, they’re all born gender-neutral,” she told the assembled parents and children. “When a spot opens up, one turns female … that’s the dominant one. If a female’s lost, one of the males will turn into a female to take its place. Wrasses do the same thing, but the male gender is dominant to female in that family.”

To fish, flexibility regarding gender and related identity might be somewhat old hat, but we humans are coming a bit late to the party. Only in the past decade have lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people gained wide societal acceptance in the U.S., highlighted by the right to marry in (currently) 37 out of 50 states [Note: The day after the print version of this report went to press, a U.S. Surpreme Court ruling that gay marriage is a constitutional right made gay marriage legal in all 50 states]. Gay and lesbian families, while not a new phenomenon, could arguably see an upswing in numbers in the coming years, as more and more LGBT individuals exchange wedding vows and then ponder whether children should be the next step in their relationships.

By Paul J. Henry – Full Story at Travel Weekly

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Paul J. Heney

Puerto Vallarta Mexico for LGBT Families

Author: , June 13th, 2015

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico has done an outstanding job attracting the family to the destination, Huge all-inclusive resorts with large pools, family friendly activities, family beaches, and kid’s clubs abound. But, what about the LGBT family? This is a relatively new niche in LGBT tourism that presents a great opportunity for Puerto Vallarta. Olivia Travel and R Family Vacations, two of the largest players in LGBT travel, recently announced a partnership to produce an LGBT family vacation at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Puerto Vallarta has everything to attract the LGBT family. Let’s see what and why!

LGBT parents state they are more interested in choosing a family friendly vacation destination than an LGBT friendly destination. Puerto Vallarta is a very family friendly destination. Large, all-inclusive resorts exist throughout the city. Large gay friendly chains like Costa Sur,  Hilton, Marriott, and Hyatt are reaching out to the LGBT market, and eventually to the LGBT family. Gay properties in the romantic zone like Hacienda Escondida attract the LGBT Family also.

LGBT parents are looking for destinations that are safe and have laws that do not discriminate. Overall, Mexico is considered a very safe travel destination and the country supports LGBT rights. The Mexican Supreme court has taken some very strong stances supporting the LGBT community. On August 18, 2014 The Mexican Supreme Court (SCJ) issued a landmark protocol to guarantee the rights of the LGBT community and their access to justice in Mexico. The”Protocolo de Actuación” released by Chief Justice Ministro Presidente Juan N Silva Meza is a guide for judges and all those who administer justice in cases involving sexual orientation or gender identity. See http://bit.ly/gaypv079. This is a very important when LGBT are planning their destinations for living and touring. In 2014, Mexico was the 4th most popular international destination visited by LGBT from the US, with Puerto Vallarta the #1 specific destination.

Targeting an LGBT traveler only by his or her sexuality is not enough.  Just like the heterosexual market, many factors determine LGBT travel interests including age, gender, race, socioeconomic status, personal taste, and now children. Some LGBT crave adventure; others travel for Vallarta Pride 2016. Some are seeking a quiet relaxing vacation on the beach. Puerto Vallarta has it all. Adventure: our destination has the most number of LGBT art and culture activities in all of Mexico!  Vallarta Adventures, Art Walk and Restaurant Week! The Gay Friendly Beach: in front of Mantamar Beach Club and Blue Chairs. See for yourself how Beyond Gay Friendly Puerto Vallarta can be!

Images are Rafael, Jeremy and Rafael Jeremiah (RJ) Encarnacion-Morrison frequent visitors to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Used with permission.

See our Nov 2014 GAYPV Family Issue.

Disney Signs On to Orlando Gay Themed Week

Author: , February 1st, 2014

Epcot Center - OrlandoThis summer, Walt Disney Co. is signing on with a major event aimed toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender families. Disney World will be hosting its first-ever “Family Outfest” in Orlando, Florida” – a summer vacation for the modern family.

Family Outfest Director Gabrielle Shulruff told press, “We are just parents. You know, it doesn’t matter who you are or what your sexuality is, regardless, you are people and people with families like anybody else.”

Family Outfest will be part of an effort to increase the spending of LGBT families in central Florida by 25 percent, and that’s where Disney comes in. Orlando Gay Travel, the website advertising the event, lists Disney as a “main partner,” along with Nickelodeon Suite Resorts, Macy’s, and Hilton Orlando Buena Vista.

Authored By Jess Moor – See the Full Story at Dot429

Click here for gay travel resources in Orlando.