Friendly and Happy International Travel

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Planning a trip? Want one that will make you feel absolutely gay (as well as in the happy gay sense)?
Then you might consider going to some of the gay-friendliest and most satisfied countries around the globe.
Spartacus, an international gay travel guide, released a “Gay Travel Index” that rates over 130 countries in the world on their laws and attitudes toward lgbt travelers. Some positive categories rate “Anti-discrimination legislation,” “Marriage/Partnership,” and “LGBT-Marketing,” while some negative categories include “Anti-gay laws,” “Murders,” and “Death sentences.”
The countries scoring in the top 10 were Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay.… more

Pride Boost Economy

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“Every city should have a pride!” says author and GayAgenda writer Jason Shaw, “Not only for the entertainment and celebration aspects, but also because it can financially benefit a whole region” he says as he looks ahead to the UK’s forthcoming north east festival that is estimated to boost the Tyneside economy by around £1m.
Last year, Newcastle Pride attracted around 23,000 visitors for the one day event held in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park, with people coming from all over the not only the north east, but also from around the United Kingdom.… more

Pride Events Scheduled Around U.S.

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From May to October, 2013
 
While Pride has been traditionally associated with the month of June, some cities are starting as early as Memorial Day weekend and culminating in mid-October during Columbus Day weekend, coinciding with National Coming Out Day.
For a more complete listing, please see http:www.gaycities.com/events/guides.
 
Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium, October 11 (kickoff Party), Pride Festival, Piedmont Park Festival Grounds, October 12-13.
Boston Pride, Festival at City Hall Plaza, May 31-June 9, 2013.
Chicago Pride, May 24-25, 2013 and June 22-30, 2013
Dallas Pride Festival, September 14-15, 2013
Denver Pride, Civic Center Park, June 12-16, 2013
Houston Pride, Montrose, June 21-30
Key West Pride, June 5-9, 2013
Las Vegas Pride, Clark Co.… more

Hawaii Bed & Breakfast Found Exclusive By Judge

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Lesbian Couple Not Welcome
A lesbian couple from Southern California were asked to leave the Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Honolulu, Hawaii after requesting an overnight room with one bed in 2007.  Phyllis Young, the B& B owner, turned them away after she asked  Diance Cervelli and Taeko Bufford if they were planning on sleeping in just one bed together.  Young said she was uncomfortable accommodating gay people in her home because of her religious views and claimed that only married couples can book rooms.
The Couple Sues in 2011
Cervelli and Bufford sued Aloha Bed & Breakfast for discrimination.  Said Cervelli, after the ruling, “in my past experiences in Hawaii, people have been so friendly.  It was just hurtful.  It made me feel we weren’t good enough,”  Lambda Legal represented the couple.… more

Gay Activists Don’t Think Queen Elizabeth’s Anti-Discrimination Charter Goes Far Enough

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In Deference to Commonwealth Countries, Omits References to Gays and Lesbians
On March 11, 2013, Her Majesty the Queen,in a live broadcast, signed a new charter dubbed “a 21st Century Magna Carta” designed to stamp out discrimination against homosexuals and promote “empowerment” of women in a drive to boost human rights.  The document includes affirmations on democracy, human rights, international peace and security as well as freedom of expression.
The Queen’s charter states that signatories oppose “all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, color, creed, political belief or other grounds.”  It’s “the other” that annoys activists such as American Democratic political consultant, writer, and Americablogger John Aravosis.… more

ICE to Consider Gay Couples as Families

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First Time DHS Has Explicitly Spelled out Policy to Immigration Officers
The Department of Homeland Security plans to instruct in writing to its field offices next week that illegal immigrants with long-term same-sex spouses or partners are eligible for consideration under a federal program designed to focus resources away from low-priority cases. GLBT couples will have their deportations put on hold.

Extends Discretionary Relief to LGBT Immigrants with U.S. Citizen Spouses & Partners
Although the administration had formerly told reporters that same-sex relationships will be taken into account when making deportation decisions, on September 27, 2012, Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano put it in writing to make clear the definition of the phrase ‘family relationships.’ In the letter, Napolitano directed ICE (Immigrant and Customs Enforcement) U.S.… more

2013 Gay & Lesbian Ski Weeks

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All you summer lovers please don’t hate me, but it is THAT time again. Time for us snow lovers to start thinking about all the exciting gay & lesbian ski weeks planned for 2013! 
NOW is the time you will find the best travel deals to popular ski resorts.
We here at Out & About Travel have been customizing ski packages for almost 15 years and are more than happy to assist you. 
Here is sample of upcoming gay & lesbian ski weeks: 

Utah Gay & Lesbian Ski Week: January 9-13, 2013
Aspen Gay & Lesbian Ski Week: January 13-20, 2013
Stowe, Vermont’s Winter Rendezvous Gay & Lesbian Ski Week: January 23-27, 2013
Whistler Pride Gay & Lesbian Ski Week: February 3-10, 2013
Telluride Gay & Lesbian Ski Week: February 22-March 3, 2013
Canadian Rockies Gay Ski Tour: March 16-23, 2013
Mammoth Mountain Gay & Lesbian Ski Week – March 13-17, 2013

 We will be updating our web site, http://www.gayskitrips.com in the coming weeks with more information. 
In the meantime be sure to email us at [email protected] for assistance planning your getaway. 

See you on the slopes! 
Desiree… more

Top 10 Reasons to Use a Travel Agent

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WHY A TRAVEL AGENT IS IMPORTANT
One of the most asked questions I receive as a travel agent is, “Why should we book through you?” 

I can come up with hundreds of reasons, but here I have compiled the Top 10 Reasons why you should use a travel agent or, more specifically, why you should book your next trip through my agency, Out & About Travel.

You don’t have to be gay to book a trip through us, we are straight friendly too!

Out & About Travel (http://www.gaytravelpros.com) is a full service, gay & lesbian, online travel agency specializing in gay & lesbian tours, cruises, adventure travel, gay ski trips, customized packages and more. I started Out & About Travel back in 1999 out of my genuine love of travel and the desire to provide the gay & lesbian community with the many options available to them.… more

Friendlier Skys for Transgender Pilots

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Old Rules for Transgender Pilots
Before the recent ruling by the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA), trans pilots were required to undergo additional psychological tests: projective, personality, and intelligence. These tests were expensive, tedious, and often had to be financed by the pilots themselves. Because of these extra tests, some pilots failed the added requirements or were grounded.

According to Harper Jean Tobin, director of public policy for the National Center for Transgender Equality, the FAA guidelines lacked any rational medical backing, and were vague in their position on trans pilots.
“It was as though someone had said, ‘OK, we don’t know a lot about transgender people, but we think something might be wrong with them, “ Tobin reported to The Advocate Monday.” There’s no particular reason to think that just because someone is transgender or transitioning, they would have developed some kind of cognitive deficits.”
New FAA Requirements for Transgender Pilots
The FAA requires that all pilots receive medical and psychological clearance to fly.… more

It’s Marketing Not A Social Agenda Stupid

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I can remember when the slogan for AMTRAK was “there’s nothing like a train”.  How far we have come since those days of innocence in marketing a train, a form of travel and what constitutes “a family”.
That was when AMTRAK was marketing itself as a more relaxing, less hurried way to travel across the USA and in particular a way for families to share a once in a lifetime experience as they glide upon silver rails across the heartland, through mountains and see things which can’t be seen by driving or flying overhead by plane.… more