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

Author: , January 8th, 2018

2 Travel Dads

‘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

Rehoboth Beach

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

Granville Island

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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Five Amazing LGBT Family Friendly Destinations

Author: , September 14th, 2015

San Francisco City Hall - Gay Pride 2013

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

father and daughter

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

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

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Travel Tips for LGBT Families

Author: , November 22nd, 2013

Gay TravelA recent Twitter travel forum addressed many of the unique questions and concerns LGBT families have when traveling both domestically and abroad.

Residence Inn partnered with Dana Rudolph, founder of Mombian.com, a blog for lesbian moms and other LGBT parents, and the Family Equality Council, an advocacy organization seeking equality for families with parents who are LGBT. The one-hour forum yielded resources, tips, and firs-hand accounts of LGBT families’ travel experiences. You can see how the event went on Twitter by searching with the hashtags #RIFamily and #TMOM.

Here are 10 family travel tips that participants shared. The summary was put together by Residence Inn, an organizer of the forum:

1. Destinations with marriage equality are truly special for LGBT families to visit, says @lifewithroozle. During the chat several tweeters mentioned Quebec, which has marriage equality, but also some areas that do not, such as Florida and Portland, Ore. (thanks, @MeaganShamy!), as LGBT-friendly family holiday hotspots. Oregon, though, may be one of the next states with marriage equality, with a referendum possible next year.

Authored By Alex J. Davidson – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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