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Cruising At Sea: Which is the BEST Cruise Line for LGBT Travelers?

Cruising At Sea: Which is the BEST Cruise Line for LGBT Travelers?

Celebrity Cruise Line Chosen Best for LGBT Passengers 2023

Interested in taking a cruise but not a drug and sex fueled circuit party at sea? But with so many cruise lines which is the best and safest for LGBT travelers?

Hands down and 2 *snaps* up our choice is Celebrity Cruises.

Celebrity Cruises is a premium cruise line that has consistently been ranked as one of the best cruise lines in the world. The company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion has made Celebrity Cruises the perfect choice for those who want to relax and enjoy a vacation without fear of discrimination.

Celebrity Cruises is perfect for LGBT travelers and offers a range of activities and entertainment options, including LGBT-focused events.. These events include meet and greets with other LGBT travelers, LGBT film screenings, and Pride celebrations. Additionally, the cruise line offers a variety of LGBT-friendly excursions, such as exploring gay-friendly neighborhoods or visiting LGBT historical sites. Something you won’t find on any other cruse line.

One of the most significant benefits of choosing Celebrity is the company’s commitment to ensuring that all guests are treated equally and with respect. Celebrity has a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. This policy is enforced across all areas of the ship, including dining, entertainment, and activities. Additionally, the cruise line has trained its staff on how to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all guests, including LGBT travelers. Additionally, Celebrity Cruises has partnered with a variety of charitable organizations, including those that support the LGBT community. Through these partnerships, the cruise line has raised awareness and funds for LGBT causes, including HIV/AIDS research and support for LGBT youth.

Being an avid cruiser myself and having tried many cruise lines I can personally attest to Celebrity’s respect for LGBT travelers and it’s diversity which stands hands heads and shoulders above the rest. {And the food is beyond excellent.}

Back2Stonewall names Celebrity Cruise Lines the Best Cruise Line for LGBT Travelers for 2023.

Canada Lifts Restrictions On Blood Donations By Gay Men

CANADA: Government Survey Finds 91.8% of Canadians Are “Comfortable” With LGBTs

Last summer Canada’s federal government measured how “comfortable” Canadians felt with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people playing significant roles in their lives to better access and understand the challenges faced by Canada’s LGBT community.

According to the  mid-summer poll commissioned by the Privy Council Office an overwhelming 91.8 per cent of those surveyed said they would be “comfortable” if a next-door neighbor was gay, lesbian or bisexual and that 87.6 per cent said they would be “comfortable” if a neighbour was a transgender person.

The Privy Council Office (PCO) is the federal department that supports the work of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Weekly polls are part and parcel of the PCO, and for the survey on the week of July 26, the body included six questions that gauged Canada’s attitudes towards its LGBT community.

How comfortable would you be in each of the following situations?

  • If you had a next-door neighbour who was gay, lesbian, or bisexual
  • If you had a next-door neighbour who is a transgender person
  • If you had a manager or supervisor who is gay, lesbian, or bisexual
  • If you had a manager or supervisor who was a transgender person
  • If you had a doctor who is gay, lesbian, or bisexual
  • If you had a doctor who was a transgender person.”

The poll found 90.5% of the respondents said they were “very comfortable” or “somewhat comfortable” with a gay, lesbian or bisexual boss and 88.2% were “comfortable” with having an LGB doctor and 79.9% “comfortable” with having a transgender doctor.

“It’s really good to see the attitude of Canadians changing and being more open and inclusive,” said Helen Kennedy, executive director of the LGBT advocacy group Egale Canada. “We obviously have more work to do. But it’s definitely a step in the right direction.”

LGBT Friendly Church In Montana Vandalized With Swastikas and Anti-Gay Pamphlets

LGBT Friendly Church In Montana Vandalized With Swastikas and Anti-Gay Pamphlets

The Billings Gazette is reporting that a week after someone left a stack of anti-gay pamphlets at the gay-friendly Grace United Methodist Church more messages appeared in and around the building, including swastikas and a hastily scrawled “No gays” on the sign board outside.

Grace United has been a vocal advocate of LGBT issues and rights, hosting LGBT gatherings and fighting discrimination within the community.

Pastor Sarah Beck called the recent acts “unacceptable,” and said the congregation had been concerned, not just for the church but also for the people responsible. “That is a sign of some seriously dark stuff,” she said.

Last Sunday, the church hosted a public forum to speak out the against anti-gay literature placed inside the church Jan. 25.

Then on Thursday, church volunteers discovered a swastika painted on the choir room door and more anti-gay literature pinned to a bulletin board inside the room.

Outside on a church sign that reads, “Open doors, open hearts,” someone had scribbled, “No gays.”

“It’s certainly an attempt at intimidation,” Pastor Beck said. “But it’s not going to work. We’re not going to shrink away from being who we are in the community, as a congregation.”

The incident has been reported to the Billings Police Department and the FBI.

AMTRAK Rides With PRIDE! – Introduces All-Inclusive LGBT Promotional and Advertising Campaign

Amtrak, which employs more than 20,000 people and  operates passenger service on 21,200 miles of railway track throughout the nation has launched a LGBT  promotional campaign that includes gay families.

The program titled  called “Ride with Pride” adds LGBT families to its current standard of  its discounted family travel program and becomes the first national passenger company to do so.

Amtrak will be publishing two versions of one ad, one with a picture of a male couple and another with a female couple, were distributed.  Both versions include the headline: Priceless Family Moments Are Now Affordable.  The ad goes on to promote Amtrak’s 50% off campaign for children age 2 to 15 who are traveling with an adult, and directs readers to its gay travel website Ride With Pride

“At Amtrak, diversity is not just a corporate buzzword, it’s a priority,” the company notes on the site. “We understand that valuing diversity is not only a good thing to do, but a business necessity beyond compliance that plays a vital role in customer service delivery and ultimately the success of our operations. Simply put, our business diversity philosophy means commitment to ensuring our company embraces a culture of respect and appreciation for differences and similarities of all people.”

Thank you Amtrak for standing up and coming out in support of LGBT families and the LGBT Community.

But part of me has to wonder how long before John Boehner and the vile RePUGNANTans will use this to demand ending funds for Amtrak?

Tweet Of The Day – Actor Zach Braff Tweets Pot, Same Sex Marriage and North Carolina’s Amendment One

Zach Braff better known as the adorkable Dr. John Dorian on the now cancelled television show SCRUBS, has just finished appearing in All New People on London’s West End and in his spare time has made some interesting TWEETS  about Same Sex Marriage, Marijuana, and North Carolina’s Amendment 1

Braff tweeted to his SCRUBS co-star Donald Faison shortly after Amendment 1, North Carolina’s anti-gay marriage bill was passed by voters…

And later tweeted about same sex marriage….

Very kewl Dr. Acula.   Very kewl indeed.

I hope you’ll invite me to that first party.

Ryan Kwantan Of "True Blood" Is Proud And Accepting Of His Out Gay Younger Brother

As if there weren’t enough reasons to love Ryan Kwanten, he’s giving us some more.

In a recent interview with The Advocate Ryan Kwanten who plays Jason Stackhouse in the hit HBO series True Blood talks lovingly about his little younger brother Llyod.  and how he wasn’t fazed at all when his younger brother ‘came out’ as gay – insisting his sibling was a “changed man for the better” when he accepted his sexuality

“My youngest brother, Lloyd, is gay,” says the 33-year-old actor. “He’s a doctor, so he got every ounce of intelligence in the family. He was probably about 18 when he came out, and I can wholeheartedly tell you that from the day that he did, he was a changed man for the better. The sheer beauty of who he is really came through.”

Kwanten also wouldn’t mind following in costar Stephen Moyer’s charitable footsteps by auctioning off the cloth pouch he uses to hide his manhood during some of the shows more revealing scenes.

“Well, I’ve gone through more than one, so there might be a couple out there,” he jokes. “I’ll have to speak to Audrey, our wardrobe designer, and see if she can track one down. There’s quite a collection, actually—one for every mood.”

HOT DAMN!  Where’s my checkbook!

Democratic Iowa House Majority Leader Mike Gronstal Vows To Block Vote On Gay Marriage Admendment

Despite sweeping GOP gains in Iowa government Tuesday and the removal of the three Iowa judges and the fact that Republicans will occupy the governor’s office and will control the Iowa House next year, and there’s a chance that final results could give Republicans a 25-25 deadlock in the Iowa Senate.

But Iowa Senate Democrats will still maintain at least equal power which will give Majority Leader Mike Gronstal authority to prevent a vote on a marriage amendment to the state constitution.  Which he has vowed he will do.

There’s no mechanism whereby senators, even a majority of senators, can override the majority leader, and Gronstal believes the right thing means protecting the civil rights of gays and lesbians. He reaffirmed Wednesday that he won’t bow to pressure, no matter how nasty it gets. 

“The easy political thing for me to do years ago would have been to say, ‘Oh, let’s let this thing go. It’s just too political and too messy,’ ” Gronstal said. “What’s ugly is giving up what you believe in, that everybody has the same rights. Giving up on that? That’s ugly.”

Gronstal said he hopes the Senate doesn’t waste time on parliamentary maneuvers or partisan games connected to gay marriage. “We’re going to focus on creating jobs and moving Iowa’s economy forward,” he said. “The election is over. Iowans have spoken. Iowans are tired of the elections. Our job now is to find common ground.”

Source – The Des Moines Register

In The Action Role Playing Video Game "Fable 3" Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Characters Can Lead Revolutions, Marry, and Adopt Children. It’s the Perfect World.

While the fight for gay rights remain bogged down and a nightmare here in the United States, same-sex marriage and gays in the military have never been issues in Albion, the virtual nation where “Fable” players battle bandits, reanimated corpses and lead revolutions. Though not integral to the plot, gamers have been able to be gay and lesbian and marry characters of the same sex since the sweeping saga launched in 2004 brought to us gay geeks by Peter Molyneux and Microsoft Game Studios Europe.

“You can be gay. You can be bisexual. You can get married as many times as you like. It’s up to you. My fascination is with what that means to people. It means they can be who they are rather than who I require them to be.”

And now Molyneux and his team at British developer Lionhead Studios are adding another way to play as gay — or otherwise — in the franchise’s epic third installment, which tasks players with leading a revolution in the newly industrialized Albion. For the first time in the series, a player’s character, regardless of their sexual orientation, can adopt children.

So now when the Prince of Albion isn’t battling reanimated corpses, searching for mystical medallions or attempting to overthrow his tyrannical brother, he can go home and  relax, live and love  with his husband, Kyle the Blacksmith, and their two adopted sons, Alex and Tim.

Bravo to Fable III.  Because at the end of the day isn’t that what we all want?

Fable III’s Release date is 10/26/2010 and since we are BOYCOTTING Target and Best Buy can be ordered from BUY.com for $54.99 with FREE SHIPPING. 

San Francisco’s (Extremely Cute) Mayor Gavin Newsome Talks About Judge Vaugh Walkers Prop 8 Ruling (Video)

In 2004 Gavin Newsom gained national attention when he directed the San Francisco city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Newsom’s unexpected move brought national attention to the issues of gay marriage and gay rights.  Yesterday Gavin offered his congratulations and thoughts on the announcement from Judge Walker that the stay on the Prop 8 decision would be lifted in a week.

The LGBT Community in San Francisco California should be glad to have someone like Gavin on your side, despite whatever mistakes you think he has made.  Gay-friendly, articulate, smart, and not hard on the eyes I wish we had more of him throughout the country