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March 27, 2015

US airline unions have labeled the labor policies of Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways as ‘repugnant’. The President of the US Travel Association says the unions are looking for ways to ‘smear’ the airlines concerned

Four unions representing flight attendants and other airline workers have written a letter to the US Travel Association condemning the recruitment policies of three Gulf airlines.

The letter questioned the US Travel Association’s president, Roger Dow, for ‘ardently defending’ Emirates, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways. The statement says that the three airlines have ‘abhorrent labor standards.’ 

March 25, 2015

Link will help promote travel between Brazil and the US

Delta Air Lines has signed a partnership deal with the Brazilian Association for GLS Tourism (ABRAT GLS), it has been announced.

The link between the Atlanta-based airline and Brazil's largest LGBTI group aims to promote travel opportunities between Brazil and the US.

Delta's Brazilian director Luciano Macagno commented: 'Delta recognizes the importance of promoting diversity and is committed to seeking out and building mutually beneficial relationships with the LGBT community.'

March 25, 2015

Link will help promote travel between Brazil and the US

Delta Air Lines has signed a partnership deal with the Brazilian Association for GLS Tourism (ABRAT GLS), it has been announced.

The link between the Atlanta-based airline and Brazil's largest LGBTI group aims to promote travel opportunities between Brazil and the US.

Delta's Brazilian director Luciano Macagno commented: 'Delta recognizes the importance of promoting diversity and is committed to seeking out and building mutually beneficial relationships with the LGBT community.'

March 2, 2015

The President and Founder of Witeck Communications reflects on a key moment in corporate America’s evolution regarding the public endorsement of LGBT issues

One evening in 1998, when the CEO of American Airlines telephoned, I could feel my temperature rising.

My anxiety didn’t stem from his title or the surprise nature of the call. Rather, it stemmed from an ongoing battle with conservative groups over the company’s right to serve LGBT customers.

But let me back up a few years.

In 1994, I began to consult closely with marketing colleagues at American Airlines to launch an innovative effort to help grow the company’s loyal and frequent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) customers.

March 2, 2015

The President and Founder of Witeck Communications reflects on a key moment in corporate America’s evolution regarding the public endorsement of LGBT issues

One evening in 1998, when the CEO of American Airlines telephoned, I could feel my temperature rising.

My anxiety didn’t stem from his title or the surprise nature of the call. Rather, it stemmed from an ongoing battle with conservative groups over the company’s right to serve LGBT customers.

But let me back up a few years.

In 1994, I began to consult closely with marketing colleagues at American Airlines to launch an innovative effort to help grow the company’s loyal and frequent lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) customers.

February 14, 2015

The couple said their wedding vows and exchanged rings onboard a Vietjet flight on Valentine's Day, according to an advertorial on a local news website

Lesbian couple Tang Ai Linh and her partner Pham Thi Thanh Phuong celebrated their wedding onboard a Vietjet flight today – Valentine's Day – from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok, Thailand.

September 26, 2014

The Lady Gaga darling takes GSN readers around the world in seven questions, and on one epic sky dive in the music video for her new single Glitter in the Sky

Kitty Brucknell may not have made it to the finals of X Factor, but the bubbly singer did end on a high note.

Lady Gaga came out on stage during Brucknell's elimination, gave her a huge hug and escorted her off the stage for some post-performance drinks.

Brucknell was always connected to Lady Gaga. Her audition number for X Factor was Lady Gaga's Edge of Glory, and many drew comparisons between the contestant's 'Diva Glam Pop' style to the Bad Romance singer's flamboyant persona.

September 19, 2014

Nearly 40,000 people signed a petition calling for the deal with the country's national airline to be dropped

The Australian Football League (AFL) has ended sponsorship from Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) due to the country's stone the gays law.

AFL Europe, the sport's governing body on the continent, touted the 12-month deal with the state-owned airline as its 'biggest ever sponsorship' when it was announced in July.

Under its first major sports sponsorship deal, RBA flew players between Melbourne and London while the AFL promoted the airline in Australia and 22 European countries.

September 11, 2014

The sport's governing body says it was unaware of the country's stone the gays law

The Australian Football League (AFL) has said it is 'reassessing' its sponsorship deal with Royal Brunei Airlines amid a global boycott of the anti-gay country. 

The league said it was unaware of the law Brunei enacted law in April that punishes gay sex with death by stoning and will come into effect next year.

July 24, 2014

Seven people who were traveling to the International AIDS Conference have been confirmed to be among the dead from the shooting down of flight MH17 but the figure of 100 dead researchers appears to have been a rumor that spread among conference-goers in Melbourne

Reports that around 100 people on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 were traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne appear to have been the result of a rumor that spread in the absence of the airline making public the passenger list for the flight.

At least seven leading HIV experts were killed when the plane was brought down over a rebel held area of the Ukraine but the figure of 100, sometimes given as 108, dead who were traveling to the conference is now known to be incorrect.

July 24, 2014

The Grease star has long tried to silence his former airline pilot, Douglas Gotterba, who wants to publish a book about their ‘relationship’ in the 1980s

John Travolta’s former pilot, that has alleged a six-month affair with the Hollywood star, is now free to tell all.

The Grease star has long tried to silence his former airline pilot, Douglas Gotterba, who wants to publish a book about their ‘relationship’ in the 1980s.

In the court documents, Gotterba says the two had a ‘personal and intimate’ relationship.

The judge ruled the former pilot has the right to sue to speak openly, saying Gotterba has no duty of confidentiality to the star.

July 21, 2014

Oscar winning screenwriter was en route to London from Shanghai with boyfriend Tom Daley

Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black tweeted it was 'scary as hell' as the Virgin Atlantic plane that he and boyfriend Tom Daley were passengers on made an emergency landing in Russia on Monday.

April 10, 2014

The prison guard turned songstress will headline this year’s red carpet, celebrity-studded fundraiser for LGBTI and HIV charities in Manchester

If you’ve not heard 2013’s X Factor winner Sam Bailey sing live, now is your chance.

On 11 April, under the wings of the world’s fastest plane the Concorde Jet, Bailey will be wowing a VIP crowd at Manchester Pride’s Supersonic fundraiser.

The red-carpet gathering will include a sparkling drinks reception, a VIP tour of the Concorde airline, celebrity guests and a four-course dinner with complimentary wine, all to help raise funds for local LGBTI and HIV charities.

February 20, 2014

Conservative life peer caused controversy last year when he said the same-sex marriage bill in England and Wales would lead to lesbian queens and fathers marrying sons

A former Tory chairman is worried about transsexual Muslim airline pilots taking jobs away from non-transsexual Muslims.

Norman Tebbit, 82, has attacked the ‘insane dictum’ that states senior ranks of the services should be ‘representative of the community it serves’.

Writing on his Daily Telegraph blog, the former Conservative cabinet minister said: ‘Try putting that into practice elsewhere.

December 17, 2013

Passenger says he was left 'extremely uncomfortable' after his boarding pass code was very homophobic

An airline is being forced to apologize after a passenger received a code number on his boarding pass reading ‘H8GAYS’.

Jeff White, a student, purchased a flight from Florida to New York, via Atlanta, with Delta Air Lines earlier this month.

When he discovered the offensive confirmation code after checking in, he was left ‘extremely uncomfortable.’

November 14, 2013

In this week's Around the World in 7 Questions feature we turn lemons into travel-friendly lemonade and talk beaches with George Carrancho, who serves as the LGBT and ethnic minority champion for American Airlines

Caring for LGBT employees and their families has increasingly become an integral part of the way the biggest companies do business.

For years, American Airlines has been named one of the best companies to work for by leading LGBT rights and minority organizations, showing to the global travel industry the importance and benefits of not only ensuring, but also promoting diversity.

October 14, 2013

A heterosexual Australian father of two has written about how he now has greater empathy for gay people after he was the subject of a homophobic prank by an airline employee

A heterosexual father of two has blogged about his experience having the words ‘I am gay’ plastered on his luggage after boarding a Jetstar flight at Perth airport - an incident which the airline is now investigating.

‘Aaron,’ wrote that the experience had given him a greater appreciation of what gay people go through every day.

‘My suitcase was the first bag on the carousel,’ Aaron wrote on his One Sleepy Dad blog.

September 21, 2013

Alleged perpetrator reported to be working in Qatar, where homosexuality is banned

Police in India’s Maharashtra state are seeking to issue a red alert in the country’s airports for the arrest of a man alleged to be a gay rapist.

According to the Indian media, police have disclosed the identity of the man accused of sodomizing a younger man since 2006 when the victim was a minor.

May 14, 2013

The move to marriage equality around the world means that many gays and lesbians need to start thinking about where to spend their honeymoon – GSN brings you five suggestions

Apart from upgrading your home appliances and finally getting a matching set of crockery, one of the best things about getting married must be the opportunity to plan an unforgettably romantic honeymoon.

There’s no rules about honeymoons, but a few general points of guidance would include:

April 30, 2013

GSN overcomes a negative bias against Canada’s gayest city and admits that it’s actually a pretty cool place

I think the flight to Toronto was the most fun I’ve ever had on a plane.

I was traveling with my friends Hendo, Billy, and Ginger Luke – we were heading to Toronto for a water polo tournament hosted by the Toronto Triggerfish (reportedly the largest LGBT water polo squad in the world).

April 16, 2013

GSN travels to Portugal’s northern city and discovers how a Portugese bookstore inspired the author of the Harry Potter franchise

I'd only been to Portugal once before, and that was an Easter weekend in Lisbon a couple of years ago. On that trip I was traveling with my ex-boyfriend, another of his ex-boyfriends, and his new boyfriend at the time – a strange combination but it worked surprisingly well.

This expedition was to Porto in the country’s north and I was on my own.

April 2, 2013

Manchester’s gay pride celebration is staging an evening of live music in the shadow of legendary airplane, Concorde

UK’s Manchester Pride is gearing up for Supersonic – a luxurious evening of live music and a gourmet dinner.

The evening is to be held at Manchester Airport in north-west England on Saturday (6 April), and hosted by Concorde, the legendary supersonic plane, in its hangar.

Acts appearing include UK pop band The Feeling, and Manchester based Soul singer, Ren Harvieu.

March 25, 2013

Ellen show rolls into Melbourne after making a splash in Sydney

Popular American talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia are being treated like royalty on their Australia tour - with airline Qantas laying on personalized treatment and Victoria state premier Denis Napthine holding a black tie dinner in their honor tomorrow night.

The couple arrived in Melbourne today and were greeted by dedicated fans wearing Ellen t'shirts and displaying banners outside their hotel.

March 5, 2013

AirAsia was first ever Asia-based corporation to sponsor Sydney's celebration of LGBTI pride