LGBTQ+ travel: Risks, rewards and ways to make travel safer and welcoming

Writer Abeni Jones, left, and Folo host Rebecca Tobin talk about pressing issues for some LGBTQ+ travelers, particularly among transgender and gender-nonconforming people.
Writer Abeni Jones, left, and Folo host Rebecca Tobin talk about pressing issues for some LGBTQ+ travelers, particularly among transgender and gender-nonconforming people.

In this episode we're talking about our annual cover story focusing on LGBTQ+ travel, and we're doing it in a personal way.

Host Rebecca Tobin speaks with freelance writer Abeni Jones, who brought both personal perspective and strong reporting to last year's report, "Traveling while transgender", and this year's piece on what companies are doing to make travel safer and more welcoming  - and more that needs to be done.

Tobin and Jones dive into important discussions on why travel can be fraught with concern for some LGBTQ+ travelers, especially transgender and gender-nonconforming people; changes at the TSA; how some travel companies are taking a broader approach to inclusion; and how people and organizations could do better.

This episode was recorded June 16 and has been edited for length and clarity.

Related reports from Travel Weekly

Focus on LGBTQ+ Travel, 2022: A more inclusive experience

Focus on LGTBQ+ Travel, 2021: Traveling while transgender

U.S. issues first passport with a nonbinary gender option

Proud Experience focuses on the growing LGBTQ market

LGBTQ leaders encourage genuine engagement from travel companies

More by Abeni Jones

Travel + Leisure: "The liberating power of traveling solo as a trans woman"

The Washington Post: "I'm transgender. I won't be getting an X on my passport"

Autostraddle: "Fear and Freedom: Traveling while trans"

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