A note from our Founder:

It is ridiculous to even 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.

I speak both as the company president and as a gay 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 have made me 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.

And while I can only speak to my own experience and that of our many LGBTQ clients, people are always looked at as individuals and not lumped into some category.

I live in New York’s Greenwich Village, a few blocks from Stonewall. One of the most moving gatherings I have ever joined was the enormous crowd congregated in front of Stonewall on June 26, 2013 to celebrate the Supreme Court decision for gay marriage in our own country. The celebration was even more touching when two years later - to the day - the Supreme Court finally established the unquestionable right of same-sex couples to marry nationwide.

And now we have another excuse for celebrations – your engagements, honeymoons, and soon after, your family-friendly vacations with the twins.

We love taking care of our clients – of all religions, colors, nationalities, and orientations.

So, just as we don’t “greenwash,” we don’t “lavender-wash” either.

Everything we do, we do with heart.

Sincerely,
Joel Signature
Joel