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Fall 2003 | From the Publisher and the Editorial Director

Fall 2003 | From the Publisher and the Editorial Director

The world is changing for gay people. The Supreme Court recently repealed sodomy laws—unprecedented. Canada is making our marriages legal—unbelievable. Wal-Mart added the words sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy—unimaginable. And a new TV show about five gay men and makeovers is airing in prime time on NBC—unparalleled. Whether on television or on the job, we are achieving true visibility. And visibility is the key to our equality. Measure by measure, we are achieving victories. And these victories help to nurture and expand our sense of community. We hope this magazine achieves the same result. 

Welcome to the premiere issue of The Out Traveler, a quarterly supplement to The Advocate and Out. It presents the entire travel experience from a gay perspective. Sure, there are plenty of other glossy, upscale travel magazines out there, yet none speak consistently and authoritatively on gay-specific travel concerns. What makes The Out Traveler different is its point of view. We will place no limits on where we go. We will simply fuse our coverage with the necessary wisdom gay travelers should have before going. This way you always get the most from your journey. 

The Out Traveler aims to become nothing less than the standard of gay travel. It is a lofty ambition indeed. But we have excellent tools to start with—Out’s trademark photography and storytelling and The Advocate’s respected voice on gay-relevant topics. We’ll add to these resources, discover others, and devote ourselves to providing you with a fresh array of innovative travel ideas and service features. 

We’re eager to hear your feedback on this issue. Please send us letters or E-mails at Letters@Outtraveler.net. It will help us make future issues even better. You’ll be receiving complimentary copies of The Out Traveler in February, May, August, and November in 2004. Adding The Out Traveler to our roster of magazines is a new and thrilling adventure for us. We hope you enjoy the journey as much as we do. 

Judy Wieder, Corporate Editorial Director

Joe Landry, Publisher


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