LGBT+ trav­ellers ad­mit to ‘go­ing back into the closet’ on hol­i­day...

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New re­search from Vir­gin Hol­i­days re­veals the dis­par­ity be­tween the ex­pe­ri­ences of LGBT+ and straight cou­ples on hol­i­day – with many LGBT+ hol­i­day-mak­ers opt­ing to ‘go back into the closet’ whilst abroad. 84% of straight cou­ples are at ease show­ing af­fec­tion to a part­ner abroad – the ma­jor­ity be­ing even more af­fec­tion­ate that when at home – but with only one in LGBTW+ cou­ples show­ing open af­fec­tion with a loved one whilst abroad.

The re­search showed that one in three LGBT+ trav­ellers have ex­pe­ri­enced dis­crim­i­na­tion, in­clud­ing judge­ment and ridicule, abroad; this in­cludes be­ing stared at (58%) or laughed at (35%) and a third (29%) had been ver­bally abused.

One in ten LGBT+ trav­ellers have been threat­ened with phys­i­cal vi­o­lence on hol­i­day and two thirds of LGBT+ trav­ellers even feel un­com­fort­able with ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties such as ap­ply­ing sun­screen to their part­ner’s back.

Sir Richard Bran­son said: “At Vir­gin Hol­i­days, we be­lieve ev­ery­one, re­gard­less of their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion or gen­der iden­tity, has the right to be who­ever they are, wher­ever they are.

That’s why it is shock­ing that in to­day’s so­ci­ety some of us can’t even en­joy a sim­ple hol­i­day with­out fear of dis­crim­i­na­tion.”

LGBT+ cou­ples said the dis­crim­i­na­tion was ev­i­dent in tourists from around the world (40%) with one in four say­ing they had been dis­crim­i­nated by other Bri­tish hol­i­day­mak­ers. How­ever, hote­liers played a big role in the is­sue with a third of LGBT trav­ellers say­ing they feared judge­ment from ho­tel staff and more than half have had their re­la­tion­ship sta­tus ques­tioned, in­clud­ing be­ing of­fered sin­gle ho­tel rooms and hav­ing their beds sep­a­rated by house­keep­ing staff.

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