Category Archives: Gay rights

By @ 01/16/18 in Gay cruise, Gay family travel, Gay honeymoon, Gay rights, Gay tours, Gay travel, Gay travel news, Gay-Friendly, Human rights, Travel, Twitter chat

 

Twitter chat on LGBT travel safety, Tuesday, Jan 16 2pm ET via ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

LGBT travel safety is becoming an increasingly important topic. Join ManAboutWorld, Human Rights Watchthe U.S. State Department-TravelGovOutRight Action International and many other organizations for an important chat about LGBT travel safety, Tuesday, January 16 at 2 pm EST. Just follow #LGBTtravel on Twitter.com.

We want you to travel safely all year round. Let your rainbow flag fly and come back safe! Please follow along with us during this important LGBT travel safety chat. Ask questions. Answer questions. Just be sure to join in the conversation. Look at some of the amazing participants we have including: The U.S. State DepartmentCenters for Disease ControlHuman Rights WatchOutRight Action InternationalNYC & CompanyTravel GuardIGLTA; and many more!

See you on Tuesday, January 16 at 2 pm ET!

MORE LGBT TRAVEL SAFETY AND OTHER TOPICS AT MANABOUTWORLD  

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By @ 11/17/17 in Ed Salvato, Gay honeymoon, Gay rights, Gay travel, St. Lucia, Travel

Dominic Fedee, tourism minister for St. Lucia in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Honorable Dominic Fedee visited New York this month with his marketing and public relations team to launch a new campaign for St. Lucia and to assure Americans that this lush Caribbean nation was not affected by recent hurricanes. The small country depends on tourism, and he asserts that “The best way to help the Caribbean is to visit the Caribbean.”

In St. Lucia, as in a number of Caribbean countries, same-sex relations between men are illegal though there are no laws against lesbians. We caught up with Minister Fedee to ask him whether LGBTQ visitors are welcome in St. Lucia. The interview, below, is part of a series with senior tourism leaders about LGBTQ travelers, including our recent interview with Jamaican Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, MP.

Interview with the Honorable Dominic Fedee, Saint Lucia’s Minister of Tourism, Information and Broadcasting by Ed Salvato

ManAboutWorld: Sometimes the LGBTQ media cites the Caribbean as an example of a region that is unfriendly or unwelcoming for gay travelers. Would you say LGBTQ traveler are welcome in St. Lucia?

Dominic Fedee: Well, everyone is welcome in St. Lucia. Absolutely. I can tell you there is a comprehensive constitutional review taking place in a number of Caribbean countries. Sometimes the books don’t reflect the pulse or where the population is and a lot of our law is based on old antiquated British law. For example, capital punishment is still in the books. You must remember that we are small jurisdictions. A lot of us only got independence in the ’60’s and ’70’s, and we don’t have the economic might to reform our legislation and make the changes necessary to move forward as fast as we would like.

But the question is, “As humans, how do we appreciate differences in one other? How do we respect each other and not allow those differences to divide us?” I think that is the key. I don’t think any of us will be extreme about any position. I think it is our responsibility to be patient and understanding with them and to keep giving them opportunities to understand us.

ManAboutWorld: Do you think that is a sentiment shared by yours fellow St. Lucians, especially in the hospitality industry, for customer-facing service workers? It feels like that may be the culture there.

Dominic Fedee: Well, I worked in the hospitality industry. I had 16 long years in the specific company and we welcomed many gay couples, and it is a practice.

ManAboutWorld: Is the government giving serious consideration to removing antiquated anti-sodomy laws? It sounds like the country doesn’t necessarily have the resources to move as quickly as it wants.

Dominic Fedee: Well, there’s a lot of discussion and debate. I mean I just got back and two weeks ago, the news was talking about whether marijuana should be legal — another subject that divides us. Also whether capital punishment should be legal. So it’s not just about same-sex marriage.

ManAboutWorld: A lot of countries and marketers are seeking gay travelers for the economic and social benefits that the group provides and the positive PR message it sends by welcoming them. Does St. Lucia actively seek to attract LGBTQ travelers?

Dominic Fedee: No, though everyone is welcome. I think of tourists are tourists. I don’t want to differentiate between Muslim and Black and White and Christian and fat or gay and straight. We welcome everybody.

ManAboutWorld: I interviewed a couple of hotel marketers in St. Lucia and one thing that came up a was that there seemed to be restrictions on marriage officiants blessing same-sex couples because they’re afraid that they could have their license revoked. Is that something that an officiant should be concerned about?

Dominic Fedee: Well, in the absence of a definitive policy, I can understand one would be cautious. I mean even in this interview — I can’t remember my cabinet ever sitting down together to talk about this specific problem. We have discussed the judicial system in general but we have not looked at whether we look specifically at gay marriages or marijuana. When do we make them legal? That discussion has taken place whether we disregard capital punishment. In some jurisdictions, that has been outlawed. It will take a lot of time for the Caribbean.

ManAboutWorld: Let me ask you this final question. Hospitality companies and brands are among the most progressive in the world, scoring high in the Human Right Campaign Corporate Equality Index which rates most large hotel companies 100% in terms of their support for their LGBTQ customers and employees. Is St. Lucia’s hospitality industry looking at LGBTQ issues in terms of any sort of sensitivity training or awareness as far as you know?

Dominic Fedee: We have a very active civil society group and we leave that — it is still a contentious issue even here in the United States. And so civil society drives that and I can’t remember government ever actively taking it on. I think the St. Lucian LGBTQ movement is very courageous. [editor’s note: Led by executive director, Kenita Placide of United & Strong (LGBTQI) St. Lucia.] I wish it all the best. It’s very welcoming and that’s why I love democracy where people can default on different things and people can still respect each other’s differences and people must not allow those differences to divide them. But the differences in us should inspire us and the differences in us should — we should all take away from the differences in us.

St. Lucia in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine



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By @ 06/01/17 in Gay pride, Gay rights, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Twitter chat

LGBT pride travel safety Twitter chat Tuesday, June 6, 1pm ET; follow #prideguide

Join @MAWTravel, @TravelGov and @OutRightIntl for an important chat about LGBT Pride travel safety, Tuesday, June 6 at 1pm EST. Just follow #PrideGuide on Twitter.com.

Pride is a season of joy and celebration, and we want you to travel, let your Pride flag fly and come back safe! Please follow along with us during this important LGBT Pride travel safety chat. Ask questions. Answer questions. Just be sure to join in the conversation. Look at some of the amazing participants we have including: The U.S. State Department; Centers for Disease Control; Human Rights Watch; OutRight Action International; NYC & Company; TravelGuard; IGLTA; and many more!

See you on Tuesday, June 6 at 1pm ET!

MORE ABOUT MANABOUTWORLD  

Download ManAboutWorld, our free digital/mobile-only gay travel magazine app covering destinations, themes and events around the globe including a FREE Guide to Ft. Lauderdale. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few other free publications in the app. Register here for a FREE three-month subscription.

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By @ 02/19/13 in Gay rights, Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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By Tanya Scholl

Looking for a drink in a cool place or do you have a case you need solving? With no Sherlock Holmes to help you, there’s a new spot in London to have a cocktail while solving case. Submit a reservation request to Evans & Peel Detective Agency on 310c Earls Court Road in London, and commence your inquiry.

Whether for a date for two or for a group of friends, a reservation has to be made online to guarantee your reservation. A hostess will allow you in, and as you head downstairs; you are then greeted in what could have been Watson’s office to state your case.   Upon being heard, you then can ponder on the feedback, and more importantly, have a drink.

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By @ 10/21/12 in Gay rights, Gay tours, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Out Adventures, Tour operators, Travel

Picture yourself here next May

Travel by land and set sail (on a beautiful yacht) with Out Adventures next May. Reserve now for this special trip, the first land + sea tour by gay-owned and run Out Adventures.

The trip has been organized by our very own Robert Sharp, one of ManAboutWorld’s very first global correspondents and very early supporters.
According to Robert participants will:

Explore historic monuments & dance the night away in Zegreb, hike through connected lakes and waterfalls in Plitvice, rest easy in 4 star hotels and on a Deluxe category Yacht, enjoy Roman architecture in Split, swim at every stop along the Dalmatian Coast and Makarja Riviera, walk along the medieval city wall in Dubrovnik, and more!

For more information click here.

Though still a conservative society in many ways, LGBT citizens have been benefiting from more rights in recent years. More info on LGBT rights in Croatia:



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By @ 10/05/12 in Gay rights, Human rights, IGLTA, Uncategorized

This is the kind of support we expect of travel suppliers marketing to our community — Not just the assurance that they’re gay friendly, but a willingness to publicly support our global struggle for human rights.

Nearly a decade ago, Expedia did a deal with OUT&ABOUT to syndicate gay content on their website. In 2010, they teamed up with the IGLTA to add a “gay-friendly filter based on IGLTA membership to their hotel searches.  Last month, they came out in support of Referendum 74 supporting gay marriage in Washington State.  This week, they released this poignant video about the power of travel to create understanding.  Bravo, Expedia.  Where you book does indeed matter.

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By @ 09/05/12 in Gay rights

No, not the kind you spritz.  We’re talking the city, also spelled Köln and Kœln.  It’s one of the eight places to go NOW/NEXT in our October issue… and I was there last weekend digging up the inside gay scoop.  Our trip corresponded with the thank you dinner for the Cologne Pride 2012 volunteers, where ManAboutWorld was welcomed by the organizing committee.  They were happy we were writing about Cologne.  We were happy to learn about their outreach program bringing gay activists from more oppressive countries to Cologne Pride for inspiration and networking.  What a great way to help advance human rights globally.

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By @ 05/15/12 in Gay rights, Gay travel, Human rights, IGLHRC, Travel

As part of our commitment to fostering dialong and engaging our members in the advancement of gay rights for our brothers and sisters all over the world, we have partnered with the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IHLHRC).

Join Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, me and editor in chief Ed Salvato at A Celebration of Courage, IGLHRC’s 2012 Human Rights Awards in New York City July 16th.

ManAboutWorld is proudly sponsoring the travel raffle, with great prizes, including:

Toronto
Two nights at the luxurious Hôtel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square, two round-trip tickets (Newark-Toronto) on the glamorous Porter Airlines with direct service to downtown Toronto and two Toronto CityPASS booklets, which is one of the best ways to “SeeTorontoNow.”

Las Vegas
Two night at the fabulous Wynn Las Vegas or Encore Las Vegas and two VIP tickets to Le Rêve – The Dream.

Ft. Lauderdale
Two nights at the lovely Grand Resort and Spa, plus two Greater Fort Lauderdale VIP Passes.

Provincetown
Two nights at the centrally located Prince Albert Guest House.

New York
Private group tour of Metropolitan Museum of Art for up to six people on a Monday when the MET is closed to the public. The tour is led by a Museum Producer.




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