One of the industries that has been most supportive of LGBTQ is the Travel industry. So it comes as no surprise, but likely much gratitude that the tourism industry is loudly supporting LGBTQ+ civil rights and the Equality Act. Hundreds of the worlds largest travel brands including every major US airline, every major hotel company, the Walt Disney Company, the ride share companies of Uber and Lyft, every major casino company in america and more. The companies put out thousands of press releases and social media statements that LGBTQ+ rights must be guaranteed through legislation. The only question is if they can convince Republicans.
Well as all of you already know, Queer News Tonight Anchor Al Ferguson knows a little bit about Drag Cruises. He’s had tens of thousands of cruisers and hundreds of RuPaul Queens sail across the planet. So I can’t wait to hear is thoughts about Legends of Drag. Some of our institutional drag queens, meaning they will break out of the institution, will escape to Holland America’s 5 star luxury liner, The Koningsdam set to sail in January 2022 from California to the Mexican Riviera visiting gay mecca Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. Staring Lady Bunny, Jackie Beat, Varla Jean Merman and Coco Peru, the private chartered cruise promises an amazing collection of shows, parties and even intimate encounters with the queens. And we aren’t talking about OnlyFans. In addition to the queens, drag aficionado Frank DeCaro, author of the 2019 book Drag: Combing Through the Big Wigs of Show Business, will host as master of ceremonies. It sounds amazing and Queer News Tonight encourages you to go to LegendsOfDragCruise.com for complete details. We remind you we host the worlds first LGBTQ travel news show anchored by Fay What and David Hopkins called HappeningOut.travel airing Tuesdays at 8 pm.
For many, Valentine’s Day looked a little different this year. But, timed to this day of love and romance, the travel website Orbitz has teamed up with Jeff Perla of The Travelin Bum for a queer-centric campaign called “Orbuttz.” The face? RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Jackie Cox. Out Magazine reported that Cox was selling a few nude photos to fans. Cox said “They reached out to me right after that story went up. They just asked if I would be the Face/Butt of Orbuttz.” For the project, Perla gathered a group of LGBTQ+ influencers like Logan Fletcher, Cheyenne Parker, the Zakar twins, and Britni Thornton to take some … peachy, Valentine’s Day photos (Cox appeared in hers with Perla) and talk about where they might want to travel when the world opens up. As a part of the effort, Ortbiz also donated to the Stonewall Community Foundation.
Cox continued “I think what’s cool about this campaign is for people to get the opportunity to start getting excited about the future. I think we’re finally at that precipice of being able to travel again. But beyond that, I’m not going to lie, I was so disappointed to see so many companies pull out of supporting queer projects, queer creators, queer artists, queer entertainers without all the big fanfare of the Pride parades in cities around the globe,” Cox continues. “So I thought it was really cool that Orbitz is taking a holiday like Valentine’s day which really isn’t especially queer — Valentine’s Day is pretty hetero normative — and really taking and embracing it in a fun, queer way.” Queer News Tonight congratulates Orbitz for this very cleavor embracement of our LGBTQ community and travel. Happening Out Television Network is launching a new LGBTQ Travel show and hosted by Fay What and David Hopkins.
A travel company based in South Africa is organizing what Queer News Tonight believes will be the continent’s first exclusive LGBTQ cruise. Organized by AfriGay Travel, the three-night cruise will launch on March 11, 2022. It will set sail from Durban in South Africa and travel to Portuguese Island in neighboring Mozambique. The so-called “The Virgin Voy-Áge” will take place aboard the MSC Musica, which has approximately 1,268 passenger cabins and can accommodate 2,550 passengers. The cruise will feature parties, drag shows, and local celebrities, including TV presenter Sade Giliberti, singer Martin Bester, DJ Bujy Bikwa (above), Lebo Molax (below) and performers Boys In Heels. South Africa is widely regarded as the most gay-friendly country on the continent of Africa, with an equal age of consent and recognition of same-sex marriage. Mozambique legalized same-sex sexual activity in 2015. AfriGay Travel’s founder, Michael Gladwin “The ‘gay cruise’ concept is a hit in North America and Europe, with the very popular Atlantis & Vacaya cruises taking place regularly. We want to bring it to Africa! After all, South Africa has one of the most liberal constitutions in the world with regards to LGBTQ+ rights. We are very excited to work with MSC as we create an event, at sea, that celebrates our LGBTQ+ community.” Afrigay Travel offers individual and group tours specific to the LGBTQ+ market – inbound to Southern Africa for travelers from around the world; outbound to the world for South African travelers; and domestic tours for South Africans who want to travel within South Africa. Travel is on the verge of re-emrging for the LGBTQ community. Happening Out Television Network is adding a new weekly show called HappeningOut.travel and will be hosted by Q’s Fay What and David Hopkins. The show will bring you the best of news, specials for LGBTQ travelers and more. Stay tuned. And congratulations Afrigay and all of our LGBTQ community in South Africa.
Prestigious QUT Traveller announced the 5th annual Gay Travel Awards presented by GayTravel.com. The awards recognized the top hotels and resorts (decided by online voting) embracing LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusiveness while providing the best accommodations.
Gay Travels Steve Rohrlick said “This year has been like no other. With the pandemic raging across the globe, many travelers are restricted from traveling or waiting for a safer time. In the meantime, The Gay Travel Awards give us all a moment to focus on the industry’s best as a prologue to a time when it’s safer to get back out there.” The awards coincides Happening Out Television Networks launch next week HappeningOut.travel and will provide interesting news on travel for the LGBTQ Community. The anchors will be David Hopkins and Fay Whaat.