The island of Puerto Rico always greets its guests with ¡bienvenidos! This unrivaled Caribbean getaway has a vibrant culture, year-round warm weather, spectacular scenery, and dozens of one-of-a-kind experiences. Since Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States, American citizens don't need a passport to visit. And Puerto Ricans—who culturally are a fusion of Spaniards, Africans, and Taínos—are welcoming, friendly, and strive to make everyone's visit memorable. They don't just invite you to the party; they want you to dance.
Image credit: Damron’s Address Book / Mapping the Gay Guides
A DIGITAL RECORD OF LGBTQ+ VENUES FROM THE '60s AND BEYOND
While on his frequent business trips around the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Bob Damron wanted to find bars and other locales to meet other men like him. A gay man, Damron sought friends, companions, and safety at friendly businesses in the various cities he visited. He began jotting down the names of the spots he frequented, sometimes loaning out his notebooks to fellow gay friends to take with them on their own journeys. His prolific lists became the basis of the gay travel guide he began publishing in 1964. To be sure, Damron’s guidebooks are not a perfect source base. Since these guides were aimed mostly at gay men, they overlook large swaths of queer culture. However, Mapping the Gay Guides believes that mapping Damron’s guidebooks can offer valuable insight into the queer world beginning in the 1960s and into the present.
IGLTA is your resource for LGBTQ+ travel. From travel guides, events, tours, special offers and more, IGLTA works everyday to promote equality and safety for the LGBTQ+ travel community. We provide free travel information and resources to more than 80 countries around the world. Whether it's LGBTQ+ welcoming destinations, accommodations, tour operators, travel advisors or events, our goal is for you to have an amazing trip while feeling welcome and safe wherever you decide to go. We're also excited to share LGBTQ+ travel photos from users all across the globe. Just tag your photos on Instagram with #IGLTA for a chance to be featured.
TAKE IT OUTSIDE: OUR FAVORITE LGBTQ MURALS IN THE US
From graffiti to high art, murals are some of the country's most glorious sights. Often, they reflect and honor local communities, with ever-more LGBTQ artists expressing themselves through colorful murals in cities from coast to coast. There is a risk behind mural art, however. As part of urban streetscapes, murals often are impermanent and subject to every building's and neighborhood's evolution.