Over the past few years, there has been a growing fear about travelling to other countries. It may be because of terrorist attacks, LGBTQ rights or policies that don’t adhere to a persons ideals. It continues to be a growing issue because of how media portrays certain places. Im going to theorise something here, but maybe they are exaggerating things for the entertainment value. I’m not saying most of the things they report aren’t true, but when it comes to terrorist attacks and the such, don’t you think they are quite tabloid-ish?
The trouble with doing this though is that it has a knock on effect. If we disagree with what a country believes in and refuse to go to that country, the people who make these policies official or who are the terrible voices of their countries are not the ones who suffer. It is the poor and the economically unstable who suffer. They are the ones who rely on travel and tourism, for people to visit from far away places to buy things. It’s not just always about political factors.
For Example, last October I went to Turkey on a family holiday. As a young gay man, yes i had my reservations about going. You hear on the news about all the atrocities committed against minorities in these countries and it makes you question whether you are going to get hurt or have a really bad time of it when you go. In reality I had a great holiday. No one ever questions anything, especially about your sexuality. The majority of people, I hope, share the belief that should be shared by many to just let people live.
Russia is proving to be problematic too. This is down to Vladimir Putin’s obscured view that homosexuality ‘should not be promoted’. By this he does not mean parading round and handing out leaflets to sign up to the gay agenda. You know, because that really is a thing. I’m being sarcastic if that wasn’t clear enough. He is saying that even posting that you support gay rights on your Facebook account is considered ‘promoting homosexuality’ so any Russian person, gay or not really is going to have a hard time of it because of these new bizarre policies. So if you were looking to have a holiday in Russia, because it’s a beautiful place to go, it would put many people off simply because of their leaders views. There again, Russian people do have a long way to go in order to prove they are LGBTQ friendly. Right now, they are kind of the opposite to that.
We are one human race who is so diverse, to start prejudice because of our differences is to me, so stupid and bigoted. It’s also not right though to avoid a beautiful and incredible holiday to a far away location just because the odd balls high up think they can dictate how a whole country should think.This is 2017, move on.
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