FUSE35 — Special Gay Travel Edition

Go West... Where the skies are blue

One of my favourite songs is ‘Go West’ by the Pet Shop Boys. It’s a particularly relevant song for this, our travel issue. It talks about going to a place of peace and blue skies — where we are free to ‘be what we want to be’.

That place should of course be our whole planet — although here in Australia we are still fighting for some basic human rights like marriage, adoption, surrogacy and gender equality. All things considered though, we’ve got it petty good in this country overall.
In other parts of the world however, for some people just being LGBTI can land them in jail or worse. This may not affect us while at home — but if you’re travelling to any of these countries, remember their laws apply to you as well. It would seem that the sensible thing to do would be to simply avoid going to these countries. Of course for some adventurous or business LGBTI travellers that’s not an acceptable solution, and if you’re travelling with an airline that uses somewhere like Saudi Arabia or any Gulf country as a stop-over you won’t have a choice in the matter.

In this issue we look at something we take for granted at home — Personal Displays of Affection (PDA’s) — and investigate their acceptance (or lack thereof) in foreign countries. The fact that simply sharing a perfectly natural romantic moment with your partner whilst on holidays could land you in prison becomes a serious issue. p15.

We also report on the best and worst airlines and their ‘gay altitudes’. Choosing the right carrier and deciding where your pink dollar goes can make a big difference — not just to your dream holiday but also to the lives of others. p32.

With the recent release of the largest ever study of the gay travel market, we list the top world travel destinations and reveal what cities hold the most appeal to the queer tourist. p34. Plus we look at getting more for less when travelling, and check out a bunch of fabulous travel items and apps you just must have when heading abroad!

We also cover the less popular but especially important subjects of death and disability. It’s not something we like to think or talk about, but being prepared and having a well organised state of affairs can be the best gift you can leave your loved ones. This of course becomes even more important if your relationship rights are not equal to others, or if you plan on going overseas. Make sure you read this. p24.

I hope everyone enjoys our special FUSE winter holiday issue and remember if you are jumping on a plane, FUSE makes a great travel companion.

Enjoy, Alex

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PETULA CLARK

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