It is hard to believe that we have to address this in the 21st century.

It is ridiculous that the LGBTQ traveler has to verify that the company she or he chooses to spend money with and entrust time to will treat him or her just as well as it would a non-LGBTQ traveler.

Long before it was de rigueur, from the very first days of this company over 20 years ago, we took a “no exception” position with everyone who we chose to work with: hotels, guides, drivers, specialists, all our hosts. The position was very simple – all our clients need to be welcomed with open arms.

That ethos extends through every inch of our operation.

The destinations our clients travel to make us proud. Spain was the third country in the world to legalize gay marriage, and Portugal was the eighth.

The first country in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation was South Africa, which then became the fifth to legalize gay marriage.

The experiences our many LGBTQ travelers have in these destinations confirms this: they are treated like individuals rather than being lumped into some category.

We love taking care of our clients – of all religions, colors, nationalities, and orientations. And it should go without saying that we love to help our LGBTQ travelers experience all the excitement, wonder and inspiration to be found in the world’s special places.

But until we don’t need to say it, we just want you to know that everything we do, we do with heart.