Focus on LGBT travel: real-world families

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Focus on LGBT travel: real-world families
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Steve and Scott, together for two decades, were married in 2014. They’ve lived in Minneapolis, Seattle and now Philadelphia. They have a 14-year-old son, Henry, who they adopted from Cambodia. In addition to focusing their travels in and around their son’s birth country, they have been across Europe and to many gay-friendly destinations in the U.S.

“We’ve tried to travel to destinations where the three of us will not be an issue or questioned,” Steve said. “With so many countries in Africa having deeply held negative feelings and laws against LGBT folk, we are reluctant to head that way at this time.”

Some of their favorite hotels are Raffles hotels, W, Hilton and Four Seasons, and for airlines, they like Singapore Air, EVA and Iceland Air.

“We’ve used Rick Steves for travel direction, but we generally book most things on our own,” Steve said.

Lara and Jennilyn have been together since 2008. They had a commitment ceremony/civil union in 2011 while living in Nevada, and they officially married in 2013 after moving east. They live in central Pennsylvania and have one son, Elias, who is 14 months old.

The couple were practically professional travelers before Elias came along, with trips all over the U.S., as well as a Caribbean cruise and trips to the Philippines and Hawaii, but they recently have been a bit more restricted in their travel.

“The three of us will soon be embarking on a three-week vacation, which will include Vegas, San Diego, Anchorage and Seattle,” Lara said.

Lara said she has to be “completely cognizant about having all of our documentation in order” before they travel. “I will have [our son’s] birth certificate, our marriage certificate and our adoption papers when we travel,” she said. “Because we may travel to states with different laws than ours, we feel it [is] best to be prepared. … We have no desire to travel to the South because of the conservative views on almost everything.”

Lara said she really wants her son to get a taste of other parts of the country and, eventually, the world. “My mother did this with me, and I believe I have a greater appreciation for the diversity that exists in this country,” she said. “I want that for my son because it’s important to realize there are different people in this world and to be accepting of that.”

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