Lesbian Ixtapa with Olivia Cruises

Author: , March 1st, 2017

lesbian Ixtapa

Since Autostraddle’s very first year of existence, I’ve been asking the goddesses — and every ad person we’ve ever worked with — to get me on an Olivia trip. It almost became a running joke, how much I wanted to go on an Olivia trip and how much everybody in my alleged group of supporters was unable to make that shit happen. For a good six months I honed an e-mail draft that I planned to send directly to Olivia, taking matters into my own hands, but never took the plunge, continuing to hold out hope that somebody who knew what they were doing would sweep in, pick me up, and drop me on a cruise ship with thousands of lesbians, barreling towards some beaches or glaciers.

Finally, in early 2016, the heavens opened up and bestowed upon then-Business Director Alex Vega an email asking for a meeting — they wanted to work with us on introducing Olivia to a new generation of travelers. Olivia, which began as a record label for women’s music in the early 1970s and later transitioned to a travel company, is the most successful lesbian-owned lesbian-targeted business of all time. Much like Autostraddle birthed A-Camp, Olivia Records birthed Olivia Travel. Since their first cruise in 1990, which sold out in a week, the company has been providing much-needed safe spaces for gay women to have a kickass vacation and connect with other people like them.

Which brings me to our trip! In November 2016, Team Autostraddle hopped a plane to a place none of us had ever been before: lesbian Ixtapa, Mexico. Our travel crew included me, our Business/Design Director Sarah Sarwar, and Abby and Kaylah, who’ve both worked at A-Camp. Before we get too deep into this, let’s get this out of the way: Abby was my fiancee when we planned the trip, but as of a week or so prior to the trip, that was no longer the case. So we were definitely setting ourselves up for success! Would we still have a blast? YES. Well, here’s our very true story, as told by me, Sarah and Kaylah.

By Riese – Full Story at Autostraddle

Guerrero, Mexico Gay Travel Resources

Women at Sea – Taking a Lesbian Cruise

Author: , February 28th, 2014

Lesbian CruiseI’ve never been on a gay cruise, only a lesbian one, so I don’t have first-hand experience with the famed debauchery of the former. I have heard stories of the “dick decks” and barely-there costumes, and a gay cruise is definitely on my to-do list (for the parties, not the dick deck — I swear).

Rumor has it girls are rare but welcome on a gay cruise, at least according to some new friends I made on the way from the Ft. Lauderdale airport to the Harbor Beach Marriott for my pre-cruise overnight stay a few weeks ago. (An overnight is a must, FYI, if you’re traveling by plane to your cruise port –flight delays can torpedo a cruise). These folks were in town to embark on an RSVP Cruise, while I was about to hit the high seas on my third Olivia adventure.

On our van ride to our hotels, one of my new friends showed me snapshots of his outfits for the planned week of parties: A boa and briefs. Dilly boppers and briefs. A headband, an afro wig and briefs. Wings and briefs. A cape and briefs. My speculations seemed correct. Gay cruises are a big, naked dance party with glitter and strobe lights. And plenty of sex. And briefs.

Authored By Jenny Block – See the Full Story at the Dallas Voice

Click here for gay travel resources.

Puerto Rico Welcomes Gay/Lesbian Travelers

Author: , March 20th, 2010

We stroll off our Olivia lesbian cruise ship and a few steps later we’re in the middle of the Old City. We climb up the hill toward the residential streets and I’m surprised at how quiet it is on the narrow cobblestone lanes between the pastel-coloured 16th-century houses. Locals walk past and compact cars squeeze through. A rainbow flag the size of a beach towel hangs from an upstairs balcony. More flags appear on storefronts as we descend – I’m told shopkeepers put them out to attract customers when Olivia is in port.

One is in front of a restaurant that’s packed with lesbians from our ship. Each time one enters, Luisa Texidor Pujols, co=owner of Airenumo, says, “Welcome, we are family.”

Puerto Rico is one of the most gay-friendly Caribbean islands, with plenty of nightlife, Pride celebrations and community organizations, yet there are still barriers to full equality.

Full Story from The Star

Click here for gay marriage resources.

To subscribe to this blog, use the rss feed on the right, or use the form at right to join our email list. You can also email us at info@purpleunions.com. Or find us on Facebook – just search for Gay Marriage Watch (you’ll see our b/w wedding pic overlooking the Ferry Building and Bay Bridge in SF). We’re also tweeting daily at http://www.twitter.com/gaymarriagewatc.