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20 Popular Destinations That Are Unapologetically Anti-Gay
In many of the places on this list, LGBT rights improve every year. But, recognition rarely equals acceptance. In some countries, same-sex marriages are recognized and celebrated. But, toleration and acceptance of the LGBT community is far from universal. Being queer is illegal in nearly 80 countries and punishable by death, including some very popular travel destinations.
Although some of these countries welcome tourists, that doesn’t mean travelers are safe to be themselves. It’s crucial that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer travelers use extreme caution while traveling abroad.
Trivago Spokesman Tim Williams Charged With Drunk Driving
The actor best known as the “Trivago guy” has been charged with driving while intoxicated after police said they found him passed out at the wheel Wednesday afternoon.
Houston police also said Tim Williams had his foot on the brakes in a moving lane of traffic, according to local station KTRK.
After Williams allegedly failed a sobriety test, he was arrested on a DWI charge. He was also ordered to have a mental health or intellectual disability assessment, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Brunei Reminds Us of the Perils of LGBTQ Travel
On April 3, 2019, Brunei implemented a strict policy which carries the death penalty by stoning for gay sex. The move comes as a result of Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah’s ongoing efforts to introduce a Sharia-based penal code to the Borneo nation.
While homosexuality was already criminalized in Brunei, the recent legislation entails increased punishments in the form of whippings and death by stoning. The strict law has sparked outrage across the globe, with the UN Human Commission condemning the new measures, claiming that they seriously breach international human rights law.
And we at misterb&b are now initiating a boycott and banning all hotels owned by the Sultan from our platform. As the world’s largest gay travel community operating in 135 countries, we are focused on helping the LGBTQ community feel welcome and travel safely with pride throughout the world. We know how important it is to be able to move about the world without fear of brutal retaliation.
The reason you get sick after a flight isn't the dirty cabin air
People often get sick after taking flights.
Cabin air is cleaner than you expect.
But there are plenty of germy places on planes.
Jet lag can also compromise your immune system.
For many, coming down with a cold after a long flight is all but inevitable.
But why is that? What do we get sick after taking a long flight?
The easy answer is that there are a couple of hundred people trapped in close proximity to one another inside a pressurized metal tube for hours on end, making for a rich breeding ground for germs.
SCIENTISTS SAY THEY CAN MAKE LIGHT TRAVEL 30X FASTER THAN NORMAL
Scientists at the University of Central Florida say they’ve figured out how to make pulses of light travel 30 times as fast as usual — or even backward.
“We’re able to control the speed of the pulse by going into the pulse itself and reorganizing its energy such that its space and time degrees of freedom are mixed in with each other,” researcher Ayman Abouraddy said in a statement. “We’re very happy with these results, and we’re very hopeful it’s just the starting point of future research.”
This 10-Year-Old's Feet Were Covered in Green and Black Lesions After Insects Infested Her Skin
An otherwise-healthy 10-year-old girl is featured in an alarming case report from the New England Journal of Medicine. The girl had been playing in a pigsty in rural Brazil two weeks before visiting a doctor. For the 10 days leading up to her appointment, she had developed painful and itchy lesions on her feet and toes, according to the report, with "black dots in the center."
The girl turned out to have a skin condition called tungiasis, a parasite infestation caused by a female sand flea. The flea, called Tunga penetrans, can spread the disease to humans and animals.
200 people possibly exposed to measles at California emergency department
Prepare to leave laptop and liquids in carry-ons as TSA's new scanners roll out across U.S.
The Transportation Security Administration is bringing new 3D security scanners nationwide, which means your next airport experience could go a lot smoother.
TSA began testing the "computed tomography" machines at airports in Phoenix and Boston in June 2017. Since then, the machines have been expanded to 12 more locations.
In a press release, TSA announced 300 new systems will be deployed at more airports nationwide thanks to a $96.8 million contract.
The biggest perk for travelers? You may not have to take your laptop, liquids and other materials out of your carry-on bag for inspection in the coming years.
Uber sued for $10 million by woman who was sexually assaulted by her driver
A resident of Washington, DC, is suing Uber for negligence and consumer protection violations, after she was sexually assaulted by one of the ride-hail company’s drivers. The victim, listed only as “Jane Doe” in court documents, claims Uber portrays itself as a safe mode of transportation for women, especially if they have been drinking, when in fact they are putting those women in harm’s way.
The victim was sexually assaulted by an Uber driver named Raul E. Rodriguez Vasquez on April 1st, 2018, according to court documents. She later told a social worker, who contacted the police. They collected DNA evidence linking Vasquez to the assault. He pleaded guilty to one count of sexual abuse and is currently in jail.
The civil case is the latest example of Uber’s ongoing problem with sexual assault and abuse by drivers. Last year, CNN reported that at least 103 Uber drivers in the US had been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing their passengers over a period of four years. At least 31 drivers have been convicted for crimes ranging from forcible touching and false imprisonment to rape, and dozens of criminal and civil cases are pending, CNN found. In June 2017, a Kansas City woman sued Uber after she was raped by a driver, claiming the company ignored warnings about the driver’s criminal history.
Instagram Influencer Mom Leaves Kids and Husband in Coach While She Flies First Class
This Instagram influencer mom is not afraid to leave her family in the back of the plane while she flies first class.
Naomi Isted, a fashion blogger and TV presenter from Essex, U.K., who has 94,400 followers on Instagram, told INSIDER that she travels every six weeks on average for work, and if she’s booked in an economy seat, she’ll always “try to upgrade if there’s scope to do so.”
However, if her children are traveling with her, she will upgrade alone because she believes that, at ages 3 and 9 years old, they’re too young too appreciate the amenities of first class.
“I never personally experienced business or first until I was presenting a wine TV show in my 20s,” Isted, 40, told INSIDER, adding that a person shouldn’t fly first class until they are old enough to “appreciate and understand the value of money and hard work.”
Journalist intervenes after man harasses teen girl on flight
A female plane passenger has revealed how she intervened when she overheard an adult man asking a teenage girl for a “dirty” photo on a flight.
Canadian reporter Joanna Chiu heard the man, in his 30s, talking suggestively to the teen on a trip from Toronto to Vancouver.
While trying to get to sleep, Chiu overheard the male passenger telling the young girl he wanted to “take her out to eat.”
The journalist was forced to “rage whisper” her disgust at the man when he asked to the teenager for a “dirty” photograph.
THE MOST GAY-FRIENDLY CITY IN AMERICA—THE ANSWER IS SURPRISING
San Francisco has long been considered America's most gay-friendly city. But the Bay Area doesn’t have a lock on LGBTQ tourism—cities across the U.S. have been rolling out the rainbow carpet.
VacationRenter, a vacation portal site that uses artificial intelligence, asked more than 1,000 respondents what they considered the most LGBTQ-friendly city in America besides San Francisco. Almost 42 percent of respondents, who ranged in age from 18 to 55, said Portland, Oregon.
Tech Start-Up Wants to Help Travelers Avoid Homophobic Hotels
The world’s largest short-term rental marketplace dedicated to the gay community has launched a campaign designed help LGBTQ travelers avoid homophobic hotels.
Misterb&b recently announced a Wefunder campaign that gives the public the opportunity to invest in the company in order to help launch its expansion beyond short term rentals and into hotels.
“Misterb&b wants to build equality into the sharing economy and give back to a community that’s been historically economically marginalized, by providing the misterb&b community with the power of part ownership of the company,” the company said in a statement.
Already a half-million dollars have been raised through the campaign, which the company says will be used to provide gay and gay-friendly hotel rooms on the platform.
12-Year-Old Boy in Coma After Being Attacked on Bike by Pack of Dogs: They 'Could've Killed Him'
A 12-year-old Mississippi boy is in a coma after he was attacked by a pack of dogs while riding his bike on Friday.
Aden Green was “mauled by six dogs” in Winona, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department tells PEOPLE. Green was reportedly riding his bike when the mixed-breed dogs spotted him and attacked, Montgomery County Sheriff Bubba Nix tells PEOPLE.
“The dogs pulled Aden off his bike and into a ditch,” reads a GoFundMe pagethis link opens in a new tab set up for the family. “Thankfully someone driving by was able to beat the dogs away from him and call for help.”
AIR FRANCE-KLM DOG DIES DURING FLIGHT TO L.A. ... PETA Lashes Out