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Author: nancyf

Joined: 4/26/2010
Posts: 155
Trips Taken: 7
Countries Visited:

43 of the 50 United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, England , France , Italy , Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Africa (Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe. South Africa), Israel, Canada, the Carribbean, Peru, going to Egypt & Jordan in February 2011 ( canceled due to the unrest there, but I will take this trip later!), China, Russia, Kenya, Turkey, Greece, Malta, Sicily.

Traveler Since: 2007

August 16, 2013

I was on a trip once when two men, who had different last names, were traveling together. Finally one bold (aka nosey) person asked them if they were partners. No, they were half-brothers, who had different fathers, hence different last names! I think that most people are more likely to think that two men traveling together are gay than two women together. I personally do not care what orientation anyone is, but some people sure make it their business to know!! But in some countries, evidently Russia now, and in Muslim-dominated countries, I can see where this might be a problem for these people.

Author: luisa

Joined: 3/13/2010
Posts: 467
Trips Taken: 8
Countries Visited:

Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Monoco, Croatia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Chile, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji

Traveler Since: 2006

August 17, 2013

good point Nancy. On one trip two men had done roommate sharing and were sitting together, eating together, walking together on the tours. We all knew they were sharing because there were no singles left, but who knows what conclusions others leaped to? 

I don't think it's unusual to see men together in Muslim countries. They form close friendships since women are more isolated. I think it was in Egypt, that we saw men walking down a street holding hands. Our PD told us they are not gay. I think I may have heard that in Morocco too.   

Author: qpeitz

Joined: 8/8/2013
Posts: 4
Trips Taken: 2
Traveler Since: 2009

August 27, 2013

I like to thank all the GC travelers who posted comments abouth the recent anti-gay laws in Russia. Since the original posting, there is even more awareness of this issue in the media and online.

I do believe that this was an appropriate issue to discuss on the GCT forum and the forum should be used for any and all current issues that will educate the GC traveler about world events. My partner and I have not changed our position and we feel that this is a health and safety issue that still would prevent us from traveling to Russia.

Remember, the founders of GCT were educators and their mission statements clearly calls for a greater understanding of the world and its people.

Quinn Peitz/James Keim

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