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Gay-Friendly Destinations

Gary Lee

Which of the following destinations has the hottest scene for gays and lesbian travelers: Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, New York City, San Francisco or West Hollywood?, a popular Web site featuring news, travel tips and other info geared toward gays, wants to know your view. For its annual travel awards, the site is taking votes from the public. You can offer your two cents' worth on the best domestic and international destinations of the year, most gay-friendly guesthouse, and more. Go here to vote.

But before rushing to PlanetOut's survey, share your views on the subject here. Know of any alternatives to the usual list of gay-friendly resorts, cities or countries? Anywhere you'd advise gay or lesbian travelers about? Or in this hip new era, is the concept of gay travel passe?

By Gary Lee |  March 21, 2007; 3:05 PM ET  | Category:  Gary Lee , Gay and Lesbian
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I don't think it is passe, but we could reverse it and say 'here are places you should NOT go'. Say, Turkey or other countries where being gay is a death-penalty offense. Or Sandals resorts, which explicitly note on their sites that they are for hetero couples only. I think that sort of llist would be more helpful, if depressing.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 22, 2007 11:27 AM

I agree with the (nameless) response above. It pains me enough to have to shop in Virginia sometimes, given its political climate; but when I do so, it's a conscious decision based on access and availability of product. When I travel I want to know that I will be accepted as a human being and not as just another source of tourist dollars. If a location is particularly hostile, regardless of how wonderful it might be, I won't go. If a location's human rights record is more mixed, I'll take that into account before making a decision. Next trip? Canada.

Posted by: John | March 22, 2007 3:53 PM

Wrong about Sandals. Gay couples go there. Sandals let's you decide what a couple is.

Posted by: Rick | March 22, 2007 4:42 PM

Sandals Resorts Ends Anti-Gay Policy

By Peter Moore

(London) After years of refusing to accept gays and lesbians, one of the world's biggest chains of resort hotels has announced it will now welcome same-sex couples.

Sandals Resorts, faced with a threatened human rights complaint in Canada, and a negative media campaign in the UK, said Monday night it was lifting its ban on gay couples from 13 resorts it operates in the Caribbean. The ban had been in place since 2001.

Last year, London Mayor Ken Livingstone ordered ads for Sandals removed from the city subway system. The "Love is all you need" campaign said the resorts in Jamaica, St Lucia, Antigua and Bahamas were for "romantic, mixed-sex couples only".

Complaints about Sandals policy led Barclaycard, one of Britain's largest credit card companies, to drop the firm from its promotions.

A Canadian gay couple who booked a holiday at one of Sandals resorts in Jamaica only to have to company reject them threatened to take the Montreal travel agency which accepted the booking and the resort before the Quebec Human Rights Commission.

Publicly Sandals stood its ground, but privately travel industry sources said it was beginning to feel the pressure. That pressure increased last week when powerful Labor MP Barbara Roche announced a publicity campaign against the company.

Roche announced that she planned to attack the firm during this week's debate on the civil partnership bill in the Commons. As a minister, she had helped draw up the bill, which legalizes same-sex relationships and gives gay couples similar rights to heterosexual couples. She also helped write a EU directive which bans discrimination against gay and lesbian people in the job market and in voluntary organizations.

But, that directive excluded goods and services, which allowed Sandals to continue its ban.

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Posted by: Anonymous | March 26, 2007 11:02 AM

That's a pretty old article. We went to Sandals and had a fabulous time.

Posted by: Rick | March 27, 2007 12:42 PM

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