Sunday evening we viewed a compelling report on CBS 60 Minutes about an organization called Rainbow Railroad. This amazing organization is dedicated to helping LGBTQ people escape state-sponsored violence. Since their founding in 2006, Rainbow Railroad has helped more than 500 individuals find a path to safety and start a new life.
We feel that LGBTQ cruise travelers should know about the work of Rainbow Railroad. The persecution of our community members occurring in many popular cruise destinations is a problem that we as an LGBTQ cruising community need to address.
The CBS report spent considerable time on the danger that Jamaican LGBTQ people experience. On the Rainbow Railroad website there is a profile of “Michelle,” from Barbados, who received help from the organization. Both these Island nations are popular cruise ports.
What can you do?
- Educate yourself so that you can make informed travel decisions.
- Find out which countries criminalize being LGBTQ: Here is a link we found helpful.
- Speak to Adam Martindale, our MMOB Travel Agent about attitudes and laws toward our community in destinations you are considering.
- Learn more about Rainbow Railroad (watch the CBS report above) and other organizations like it. Make a donation and help save an LGBTQ life.
- Decide whether or not you want to spend travel dollars in nations which oppress our people.
- Educate your family and friends on what is happening in many parts of the world to our community.
What is our take? We’d love to see Barbados. But that country, Jamaica, and some other Caribbean destinations are totally off the table for our cruise planning. The same goes for Malaysia, where we’ve formerly considered cruising, and two bucket-list destinations, Russia and Egypt.
We’d love to hear your thoughts. Comment below.