Kuala Lumpur – Where a trans woman can be in a public bathroom, fixing her lipstick in the mirror next to a Muslim woman adjusting her headscarf, without either woman feeling uncomfortable or threatened.
Marked as one of the most belligerent and happening events for queer men and women from across the globe, the Mardi Gras is unlike something you’ve ever seen before.
Havana, is a faster-paced city that is somewhat different than the stereotypical Caribbean islands. With the taxi speeding down the Malecon to take tourists around the city, it is a city that, thanks to some of the steps being taken, may open their doors to travelers from the United States and around the world. But there are a few things that you need to know as a potential tourist.
Curacao as an island that is home to a diverse population of people who speak a diverse number of languages. As a part of the Lesser Netherland Antilles, residents of the island not only speak Dutch, but Portuguese, as well as Papiamento, and local creole language that derived from African and Portuguese languages. Even with that in mind, tourism is a major source of income for the island. Although it is less reliant on it than many other Caribbean islands, making this a destination that welcomed some 1.7 million guests to their sandy beaches in 2015; it is still an island that has more to offer than the standard tourism hallmarks. From Curacao Carnival to the Foam Party, or Full Moon Party at Kokomo Beach there is something for everyone to take part in.
Every year, as I plan my travel plans, I try to seek out destinations that have a strong LGBT-accepting community, that are off of the beaten path, but are still a popular destination. Thailand was no different. I booked my trip with the full intention of taking in as much of the LGBT Bars, Nightlife, and events surrounding Songkran and Thai New Year, and managed to mix that all in while seeing the classic sites of this country and culture including the temples, street markets, and of course a side trip all the way to Phuket for Patong Beach.
In my last post I talked all about the first part of our trip, how we’ll be traveling down the West Coast and through the southern states, and our preconceived notions of how the southern states treat people in the LGBTQ+ community.
My posts over the next two months are going to be a little different from my normal posts. My wife and I are going on our honeymoon, and we are taking a seven week long road trip around the country. While we are on the road, I have a few things in mind that I want to note. One of the main things that I would like to approach is how my wife and I will be treated and how we will feel in each state and/or region, as we will be traveling as a Lesbian couple. While we have done our research to ensure that the specific places in the country we want to travel to are going to be safe, I also want to talk about the different preconceived notions that we have for each place where we may not feel as safe, and I want to note if those biased perceptions are true or not.
So far in our trip we have traveled from Seattle to Portland, from Portland to Central Oregon, and yesterday (Monday, August 13th) we went from Central Oregon to Utah. Today, we will be driving from Utah to the Four Corners Monument. It has been a pretty amazing week, and I am so stoked for what we have planned over the next couples weeks. During our travels we have experienced a few interesting interactions with various people who we have told that we are on our honeymoon. We have received both positive and somewhat negative reactions, which I am a tad surprised about since we were still in the PNW. I knew that by going further south in Oregon, we were more likely to get a negative response, however I still hoped for better. For the most part though it has all been pretty great.
A friend pointed out to me this weekend that I love lists. And I do. I love a good list. So I'm going to start with one now and ask you a question at the same time ~ What does everything on this list have in common?
Despite signs of progress on the home front, there are still several LGBTQ unfriendly locations both in the US and around the world. Traveling has its fair share of headaches for everyone, but for LGBTQ travelers, there’s also the possibility of harassment, discrimination, and even legal trouble. Vacation research extends far beyond hotels, museums, and nightlife. However, there are amazing LGBTQ resorts out there. But, LGBTQ travelers must also check laws about homosexuality and the frequency of anti-gay violence at their destination. And, even with thorough research, there’s still the potential for scary run-ins upon arrival.
With London's summer feeling like a bit of an anti-climax, my boyfriend Liviu and I decided to escape to Sitges for a couple of days of Spanish sun.
Wherever you are in the world, it's never too early to start planning your next holiday, your next expedition, your next adventure.