LGBT Travel Alert Issued For San Antonio
San Antonio City Council member Elisa Chan's decision to call gays "disgusting" might do more than just piss of local (as well as the non-local) LGBT community; it might hurt San Antonio tourism.
In the wake of Chan's disgusting comments and the City Council's refusal to pass a non-discrimination ordinance, GetEqual Texas has issued a travel alert calling San Antonio unsafe for LGBT visitors.
GetEqual's alert reads as follows:
GetEQUAL TX alerts those traveling to San Antonio, Texas, of a continued risk of discrimination based upon sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The City of San Antonio does not currently protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender ("LGBT") people from being legally ejected from their hotel rooms or other places of public accommodation. Although city officials are attempting to correct the issue for LGBT travelers, hundreds have appeared on the streets in front of council demanding that such discrimination discontinue.
Additionally, those supporting discrimination have been seen screaming obscenities and derogatory slurs in the faces of LGBT people on the streets of San Antonio. These opponents of equality have targeted LGBT people at and near City Hall, and within various city parks.
Those who are required to travel to San Antonio are encouraged to take the following precautions:
Avoid traveling alone in the city.
Only book travel at hotels which have policies prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Visit only known LGBT-friendly establishments, including restaurants, bars and venues (seehttp://www.glyp.com <http://www.glyp.com/> for a listing of some locations).
Be aware of your surroundings and adopt other appropriate safety measures to protect yourself while traveling.
If you experience discrimination while visiting San Antonio, please report it to GetEQUAL TX’s discrimination hotline at 707-992-LGBT (5428).
GetEQUAL TX will continue to work closely with the City Council to protect all persons within the city from discrimination. Information is routinely shared between GetEQUAL TX and our key partners in order to end discrimination within the city by identifying and taking action against those promoting, encouraging, and engaging in discriminatory behavior. To help us in this endeavor, please feel free contact us firstname.lastname@example.org with reports of discrimination.