Traveling Gay in a Straight World
"My partner and I have always dreamed of seeing the pyramids of Egypt, but we're worried about it being dangerous because we're gay. Should we still travel there?"
Not a mail cycle goes by that we don't get asked some version of that question at OutTraveler. Not only where to travel (and scope out the hottest, hippest nightlife, restaurants and shopping), but how to travel. We're gays living in a straight world, and if you don't want to limit yourself to the tried-and-true gay resort destinations or bigger city ghettos, at some point you need to step outside your comfort zone to see the glories of the wider world -- after all, isn't that what traveling is about?
Dane Steele, founder of Steele Luxury Travel, a high-end LGBT tour company with key trips to Israel and Mykonos and the Life Ball, tackled the topic today on HuffPo's Gay Voices, echoing much of the tried and true advice I always give readers: be courteous, be open-minded, and research, research, research. For instance his first tip is:
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find out what it means to the country you are visiting. Although you may truly enjoy your public displays of affection in your local city, the residents of New Delhi or Dubai, may find it insulting.