New Reports on Traveling, Working & Aging While Homogay

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TRAVEL: Although most of the U.S.’s top tourist spots are significantly more gay-friendly than the rest of the country, that’s not always typical of other countries. The Frisky‘s Nikki (The Frisky has a lesbian writer/column now btw, exciting!!) counts down some places where gays should probs fear to tread, like Nepal (which is currently working on changing that image, offering same-sex weddings atop Mount Everest among other things to tap into the huge gay travel market), Jamaica, Egypt and Morocco. (BTW if you’re looking for places that you should go, try Trip Out Gay Travel and GirlPorts for reference or a travel company like Sweet)

Not every pick is that obvious though, there were some surprises. We had a lesbo-friend go to Greece and she la-la-la-loved it (as detailed in Girl-on-Greece: The Incredibly True Adventures of a Gay History Nerd in Love with Mount Olympus) and Trip Out calls Mykonos “the epicenter of gay island life,” but Nikki says she won’t be heading there any time soon, because ‘In Greece, police can force gay men to get tested for STDs. The age of consent for gay guys is higher, too—17 instead of 15 for straight couples. Recently, TV networks were fined for showing same-sex kisses. No LGBT peeps can serve in the military and the government has no laws protecting homosexuals from hate speech.” Even if that doesn’t make for an unfriendly travel experience, you might want to think twice before spending your travel dollars there. But then again, Mount Olympus! You guys, HISTORY!

There’s only one suggestion we totally contest — Las Vegas! The Frisky says that “The state is currently under fire for a taxi driver hiring policy that excludes “persons of high-risk groups, including homosexuals, intravenous drug users, prostitutes and others are to be treated with caution.”

But do the hiring practices of a taxi driver an unfriendly travel destination make? In our experience; nope. In fact, we’re going there tomorrow, srsly. Furthermore, GirlPorts lesbian travel guide loves Las Vegas and Trip Out gives Las Vegas its highest gay-friendly rating, “Gaytastic!” which means it’s “very welcoming.” Furthermore, “Las Vegas was nominated for a 2009 TripOut Gay Travel Award for “Sexiest Place on Earth” and the “Wynn Las Vegas” resort was nominated for Best Luxury Hotel & Resort … and we think all of you should probs be going to Las Vegas in May because…

SWEET LAS VEGAS: Sweet rolls into Las Vegas this Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-31, 2010) as eco-friendly lesbian travel company Sweet hosts a three-day weekend full of parties, inspiration and community service, all designed especially for lesbians. (@sweet)

Two-thirds of gays & lesbians in Ireland are closeted in the workplace: “Research by the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network has found that there are more than 300,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Ireland and about 130,000 of these are in the workforce.” (@the herald)

LGBT BABY BOOMERS: A new study shows LGBT “baby boomers” (men & women born between 1946 and 1964) will approach retirement differently than the general population, and most will delay retirement until age 70. Largely single and living alone, they will rely more on close friends than family for support as they age.

The study polled 1,200 LGBT individuals and 1,200 people from the general population. Among its findings:

– 60% of LGBT Boomers fear being unable to care for themselves as they age
– 35% fear becoming dependent on others
– 10% fear discrimination as they age


Ten years ago, Manifesta became a bible of sorts for a new generation of activist feminists. The 10th Anniversary edition of Manifesta also includes a new preface which gives the authors, (bisexual) Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, a chance to apologize for mentioning Monica Lewinsky too much, respond to criticism that they are “too white” and “too middle-class,” and lay out groundwork for the future of the revolution!

Now almost 40, Jen & Amy’s book made them sorta de facto leaders of the leaderless third wave. It’s interesting to see what they were trying to do differently with the third wave; such as “encouraging diversity in the movement, including race as a key feminist issue in all of their writings and speeches… and the subtle stuff, like refusing to be on panels without women of color,” and avoiding engaging in the “generational antagonism” which “tarnish[ed] the relationship between the second and third wave.. [with] patronizing interventions from the earlier class, [making] young women feel invisible within the movement.”

Read more about it at The American Prospect and pick up a 10th Anniversary Edition (which we’ll be reviewing on Autostraddle very soon!) .

GAY TEEN IN GEORGIA: This story about a gay high school student who earned nation-wide support for standing up for his right to bring another male student to the prom starts as an uplifting story. However, now Derrick Martin’s parents have now kicked him out of the house over the whole thing. (@advocate)

FEMINISM: Happy 30th birthday to The Feminist Review‘s founding Editor, Mandy Van Deven!

Also; check out this documentary on Feminism on the BBC:

FABULIS: Their name’s misspelled, The Awl called them “retrograde,” their dancing-gays video missed the mark, and nobody’s seen their actual product yet. And judging from the results of a sneaky trick that we pulled during its beta launch, is going to be a hit. (@queerty)

POLAROID: Call it the Gaga Effect.  Polaroid, the company that popularized instant photography, has struggled in recent years and even announced it would stop making its famous instant film. But starting Thursday, a partner of Polaroid is selling instant film and Polaroid is selling a new image. (@npr)

GAY SAN FRANCISCO: This article takes a look back to the gay 1990s heyday in San Francisco. (@thebolditalic)

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  1. if i’m going to get married anywhere it’s going to be mount everest. in my skinny jeans.

    • Compression socks are recommended for high altitudes and strenuous activities like hiking. I wonder if wearing skinny jeans to climb Mount Everest would work the same way? This could be what gay marriage needs!

  2. OMG If you aren’t willing to love your child unconditionally, DON’T HAVE ONE. I want to give Derrick a hug and take him home to my parents who would probably adopt him and take lots of pictures of him getting ready to leave for his big prom date.


    • No kidding! My dad has this long rant about parenting that I should probs record sometimes, but it basically boils down to something my dad always says: Just because you raised a child doesn’t mean you own an individual.

      Your kids are who they are, and if you aren’t into loving them if they don’t match your Ethan Allen furniture idea of a family, do us all a favor and don’t have them.

      • there should be a charity that handles taking gay kids from families that don’t like their gay kids to gay parents who have trouble adopting kids cuz of homophobia; therefore problem solved all-around!

        • Our guest bedroom actually hosts runagays occasionally when there is a need before they find better housing. It is the most heartbreaking/stupidest thing ever.

  3. Being LGBT in Greece means you’re exempted from the military? SWEET. (:P)

    Yeah a lot of South East Asia is the same. Tourism-wise, it’s pretty cool – the food is AMAZING, it’s pretty relaxed, things are cheaper, people are friendly, and there are queer scenes if you look out for them. But the Governments can be quite cruel to queer people and there are hardly any rights. I suppose one good way to get around that is to go as indie as possible, and support as many queer-friendly businesses in the area. Yeah sure, your visa money goes to the Government, but the gov and the people you’re buying your lunch from don’t always share the same views and probably wouldn’t care to ask what your sexuality is before serving you.

    • “Yeah sure, your visa money goes to the Government, but the gov and the people you’re buying your lunch from don’t always share the same views and probably wouldn’t care to ask what your sexuality is before serving you.

      Good point, and they might even be gay or gay-friendly too and shouldn’t have to suffer for their government’s bad policies more than they alreeady probs do

      • This is true, but WHAT IF something were to happen to you and the gov’t didn’t look kindly on you because of being gay. You just have to watch out for your safety in these situations.

        • Firstly, I wouldn’t rely on any Government agency to worry about what happened to me unless I had tons of money. They’re not the ones treating me, and in my experience not many Govs really care too much about what *foreigners* face, unless i’s some huge disaster.

          If something happens to you, there are plenty of people that will be more than happy to help you and won’t bother to ask who you’re sleeping with. The country being officially anti-gay doesn’t mean all services are obligated to comply.

          I read the article this post – it struck me as somewhat xenophobic, or just heavy on the stereotypes. India has a strong hijra (third-gender, usually transgendered women) community and culture and is generally friendly to all sorts of people. Malaysia, despite officially being anti-gay, has a growing and supportive gay community. Also the very concept of gay culture, sexuality, and gender expression differs between countries -in most places, it’s more a case of “keep this in the bedroom!” rather than any specific homophobia.

  4. Also, Greece is the home of lesbians. Seriously, go to Lesbos, it basically exists on the lesbian tourist dollar, so it’s pretty gay-friendly (also, full of lesbians – fun on one’s holiday)!

  5. Ooh, ooh, okay hello so just f everyone’s i, that BBC Women instalment talks to only two London feminist groups, Object and London Feminist Network, about whom I have A LOT of OPINIONS and FEELINGS. Just so you know, they do not, as far as I and a lot of kick-ass women here in the LDN are concerned, represent what feminism in this country should be all about.
    They’re both very worried about objectification of women, but in focusing on this topic so much, they tend to attribute waaaay too much power to the “tyranny of the male gaze”, and end up essentially denying agency to any woman who wants to wear a skirt.
    Also, porn. They think porn is the root of all evil, what causes (!) sexual violence against women, and should be banned. Yeah. Once again, the argument is based on objectification of women by men, but it kind of disregards the fact that women watch porn too, and more importantly, that there is a lot of ethical/queer/DIY/healthy porn out there, so wtf?
    Other issues which I feel LFN and Object need to reevaluate include: the claim that women should have “the same rights” as men, with complete disregard for the oppression which patriarchy wreaks on men, especially gender-non-conforming people; the idea that Beyonce is a good example of “compliance masked in defiance” WHAT!?
    I’ve met a lot of the girls in that documentary (OOH NAMEDROP NAMEDROP) and have mostly ended up seeing eye-to-eye with them on… nothing. Very little. In my opinion (and feeling) their type of feminism is not what the movement is about anymore, nor what it should be about, so please, people, don’t think that’s all there is out here in the UK!

  6. I guess it is normal that some countries or regions progress slower than the others in the terms of gay rights and gay recognition

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