We began traveling the world together in 2017, collecting postcards on the way. On a journey to experience new cultures, cities, and countries we recognized a need for travel information curated for Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Trans/Queer/Intersex/Asexual+ people and people of color. We seek to provide their unique perspective on the questions you most want to be answered:
- Is “homosexuality” criminalized in this country?
- Should I refrain from holding my partner’s hand in public?
- Are the locals accepting of the queer community?
- Where will I be able to meet other LGBTQIA+ travelers in this country?
- Will I be safe?
We also provide answers to other important questions:
- How much should we bring?
- Where should we eat?
- Where should we stay?
- What are the highlights of this city?
I identify as a gender non-conforming queer woman of color (she/her) and have been obsessed with travel for as long as I can remember. I did not have the opportunity to study abroad because of financial constraints, but I took any opportunity I could to travel while in college. After I graduated, I slowly began to save money to go on larger international trips. My first trip to the Dominican Republic lasted six weeks. The experience was an eye-opener and I knew I wanted more.
I knew I wanted a partner who loved travel as much as I did. I didn’t think it would be possible to find one but Neesha came walking into my life and we’ve been on about seven trips since we met in 2017. Fun fact: we booked our first trip two weeks after we met to visit New Orleans! Traveling with Neesha has been a blessing but there are some extra worries I started to have because of our identities. Do we look like a couple? Should we pretend to look more like friends than a couple? Can I hold her hand? Am I going to face a barrage of stares and unkind glares? Will Neesha feel safe?
It was difficult finding travel blogs that speak from an LGBT and people of color perspective so I decided I wanted to create a space for those who live at the intersections of multiple identities. This blog is important for travelers, but most importantly for LGBT POC travelers. We’re out here!
I identify as a queer black feminist (she/her) and I’m very proud to call NYC my hometown. My first adventure abroad (sans the parents) was across the pond to London with my church youth group. While the experience was eye-opening, challenging, and full of laughter I didn’t do much travel after that trip. Between graduating from Smith College and starting my graduate degree in public health, I didn’t make much time to explore.
That all changed in 2017 when I met Nancy and when I received a travel challenge that I couldn’t refuse. A co-worker challenged me to plan one trip every quarter to a new destination. Completing that challenge brought me to my first visit to the west coast, a mosquito filled vacation to Central America, and closer to my significant other! While borders and race are social constructs, racism and homophobia are real. But that shouldn’t stop you from traveling and we believe this blog will bring you one step closer to building your own collection of postcards.