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Be Cautious Diving and Traveling Abroad

Discussion in 'LGBTQIA and Friends perspectives' started by El Hefe 612, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. CanadaDan

    CanadaDan Angel Fish

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    I hear what you're saying. For more accepting places and better diving people can simply hop across the caribbean to the Mayan Riviera. I do love Jamaica, we tend to go back every other year. I struggled with this early on but here's my take...

    If allies and LGBTQ persons stop going in protest of laws and attitudes then guess who goes... unsympathetic at best and outright homophobes at worst. No new ideas, no visibility, no push to change... nothing will change. So while I am there enjoying my vacation I say certain things and have certain tattoo's that let LGBTQ locals that I come in contact with that I am an ally. If all I can give is a simple acknowledgement to individuals of their right to exist as they are then maybe that's enough but I also support organisations like JFLAG in their efforts to educate their country and liberate their people. If I can afford a vacation their I can afford to help. From the outside maybe it looks like I'm just paying penance so I can clear my conscience but from meeting and interacting with LGBTQ locals I can say they truly appreciate people coming and at least acknowledging their existence.

    I also try to be careful about what companies I support. The company that owns Sandals also owns newspapers in Jamaica that run homophobic editorials... so I stay at Couples where I have met LGBTQ staff that seem to be able to be a BIT more themselves on resort at least.

    Caveat being that I'm a straight white cis male. I know I have WAY more freedom so I get to be a little more bold..
     

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