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29 06 2015


What a week! After a favorable ruling by the Supreme Court allowing gay marriage and a weekend of coast-to-coast Gay Pride celebrations, the LGBT community now pivots to other important battles. But first let’s take a moment, enjoy the victory and do something we’ve always done: travel!

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That Vacation To Ireland You’ve Been Dreaming About? Time To Go!

24 05 2015

Along with marriage equality in Ireland, the country just hung out a giant rainbow-colored “you are welcome” sign to the world. Within a few hours of the historic vote, Tourism Ireland released this video inviting the gay world to visit Ireland.

LGBT-friendly Ireland is ready for you to come visit, join the celebration and, who knows, maybe get gay married yourself!

Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 8.20.27 PMYou can be sure we’ll be covering Ireland in the months to come, but if you’re eager to get going, check out thesummer fare sale by Aer Lingus and these tour operators:

Tour operators in Ireland

  • The very first gay tours of Ireland (in 2003) were operated for RSVP Vacations by Brendan Vacations, the leader in luxury vacations to Ireland, with four different styles of vacations, including chauffeured- and self-drive options.
  • Vagabond Tours of Ireland specializes in local experiences, offering 4×4 active vacations and small motor coach groups.
  • Rail Tours Ireland offers rail-based tours from two days to nine.

LGBT Matchmaking

Single but wanna get gay married to an Irishman (or Irishwoman)? We have just the ticket! This year’sThe Outing, the 3rd annual LGBT matchmaking and music festival, takes place October 2-4. We covered it in our July/August 2014 issue. The outing is a gay offshoot of the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival (August 28-October 4) — going strong since the 1850s. (Why should straights have all the fun?)

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Video and photo above courtesy Tourism Ireland. Photo middle right: Cian Markey.


Taipei & Vietnam: Two Gay Steps Forward, One Gay Step Back

12 01 2015
How quickly things change. We listed Taipei as one of the 15 Gay Places to go in 2015 because it’s the new gay capital of Asia. We’ve come to know city as an Asian leader of tolerance, of progressive thought and freedom, so the recent police harassment experienced by attendees of gay New Years parties has left us confused and disheartened. A trusted friend of ours reported that “at three separate gay nightclub events, every patron was placed under suspicion and detained for hours with little reasonable cause.” He said the outcome was a vow to not return, though we hope the opposite is true and we are hopeful for a more tolerant future for what should be Asia’s LGBT trailblazer.  And a caution to us all that LGBT progress in conservative cultures is often a bumpy road. In happier Asia news, Vietnam abolished its ban on gay marriage!!!!!


Beauty Shot From New Capital of Gay Marriage

24 04 2013
Wellington, the capital

Wellington, the capital

Photo and story by ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent, Michael Siebert

With all the hoopla about France’s vote to become the 14th nation allowing same-sex marriage. Let’s not forget about the 13th. On April 17, 2013 New Zealand lawmakers pass a bill in favor of gay marriage with a wide majority, with 77 votes in favor and 44 against. Gay-rights advocates celebrated outside parliament after the bill was passed, making New Zealand the 13th country to legalize gay marriage.

Click here to watch lawmakers and the public singing the New Zealand love song, “Pokarekare Ana.”

We covered Auckland, New Zealand in our December 2012 issue. Click here to subscribe and download.

Travel Weekly Roundup by TravelingIQ

10 11 2012


More reasons to travel!

Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanillais an actor, traveler and blogger extraordinaire. Once a week he provides a re-cap of noteworthy travel stories. We pilfer his round-up (with his permission) so you don’t have to. Follow his travels at TravelingIQ.

*It was a good political week for gay destination weddings.  In the United States, voters made history by endorsing gay marriage–for the first time by popular vote–in Maine, Maryland and Washington state, and rejecting a ballot measure that would have enshrined anti-gay marriage law in the Minnesota constitution (via Huffington Post).  In Europe, Spain’s highest court upheld their law legalizing same-sex marriage, and the French Cabinet pushed ahead a bill that could see gay marriage legalized by next year.  (via Bloomberg)

*Will Puerto Rico become the 51st U.S. State?  Well, it’s complicated.  (via Miami Herald)

*Sri Lanka tops travel list for 2013.  (via Lonely Planet)

*Snacking on a cannoli on the Spanish Steps… Fuhgeddaboudit!  Rome is cracking down on public eating and drinking at historic sites.  (via New York Times)

*157 million (North, Central and South) Americans traveled to Europe last year, with London being the most popular destination.  See how your favorite city stacks up.  (via European Parliament News)

*Want to go fruit picking in Sweden?  Take the elevator.  A vertical farming building, currently in construction, will move plants on tracks from top to bottom floors to take advantage of sunlight and make harvesting easier.  (via Wall Street Journal)

What did I miss?  Share your favorite travel news in the comments below or by posting on the Traveling IQ Facebook page.

Yes, You Can(cun)! Gay Marriage Allowed in Popular Mexican Resort

4 01 2012

Gay marriage is popping up all over Mexico.

First marriage for same-sex couples was legalized in Mexico City in March 2010 with those unions recognized throughout the country. Next came the announcement that “thanks to a legal gap in the Civil Code,” marriage equality would be extended to lesbian and gay couples in Cancun (and other parts of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo located in eastern Mexico on the Atlantic coast.)

Specifically, the law allows marriage for “people,” without specifying gender.

A local activist, Patricia Novelo said gay and lesbian marriages are possible in Quintana Roo, “thanks to a legal gap in the Civil Code, which only makes mention of people interested in getting married, without specifying their gender,” according to HispanicallySpeakingNews,


Massachusetts’ Official Same-sex Wedding Planner

31 03 2011

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The Massachusetts Office of Travel + Tourism, announced the launch of a new microsite designed to serve as a resource directory for same-sex couples getting married in the Commonwealth,

The new site provides a step-by-step guide to everything you need to know about planning your same-sex nuptials in Massachusetts.

“Massachusetts still leads the country when it comes to ‘firsts’ for the LGBT community,” says Betsy Wall, executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel + Tourism , “The first online resource guide aimed at helping same-sex couples plan for their wedding celebrations is another one of those firsts.”

Find out which wedding venues OutTraveler named best in the land!

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