Tourism has the power to build bridges, broaden horizons and open minds. Through travel, people from different backgrounds, cultures and places of origin come together, creating an opportunity for learning and growth. For that reason, the tourism industry is uniquely positioned to help bring down barriers, foster understanding and encourage positive change for LGBTI people around the world.
The following programs all leverage the power of tourism to promote understanding, respect and social justice for LGBTI people. Learn more about them and support their work here.
Tolerance Through Tourism (Dominican Republic) – This innovative social enterprise is working to increase tourism to the Dominican Republic by LGBTI and allied travelers, while training and employing at-risk members of the LGBTI community locally and promoting tolerance and respect for LGBTI people.
EuroPride 2015 Riga (Latvia) – With a slogan of “Be the Change! Make History,” Latvia will host one of Europe’s biggest and most important Pride festivals, EuroPride from June 15-21, 2015. As the first former Soviet republic to host EuroPride, organizers hope to draw global attention to the region, solicit international support for the promotion of LGBT rights and stand in solidarity with those struggling to fight oppression across the border and around the world.
Prague Pride (Czech Republic) – Celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2015, Prague Pride is the largest Pride festival in Eastern Europe and has become a beacon of hope for LGBTI people from throughout the region. In addition to its raucous, festive parade through Old Town, Prague Pride features thoughtful, weeklong programming on topics ranging from diversity in the workplace to the role of diplomacy in advancing LGBT rights.