This week read about Puerto Rico launching a new campaign to welcome LGBT people, and the organizers of Shanghai's Pride canceling their events forever in China.
Puerto Rico Welcomes LGBT Community With New Campaign
Discover Puerto Rico, the island's nonprofit Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), attended the 2021 Annual Global Convention of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and launched new efforts to market the island as a safe and entertaining LGBT destination.
LGBT favorability for Puerto Rico increased from 19% to 41% in the first year of its existence; as a result of this significant rise, Discover Puerto Rico has launched a new campaign called "Live Out," which focuses on how visitors to the island may live their genuine selves.
“Among Discover Puerto Rico’s core values are inclusivity, agility and the importance of being collaborative. These elements are even more prevalent as we look to the support of our LGBTQ+ community, both on island and off,” said Leah Chandler, CMO of Discover Puerto Rico, according to TravelPulse.
China’s LGBT Community Caught Up In Crackdowns
Photo via Adobe.
The organizers of Shanghai's long-running LGBT Pride celebration unexpectedly announced the event's cancelation indefinitely on Aug. 13 of last year. Many people were taken aback by the announcement, as the event had been running effectively, if discreetly, for 11 years.
According to the South China Morning Post, it was a foreshadowing of things to come, as China's leadership started sweeping crackdowns on the country's entertainment, technology, education, and economic sectors.
A number of new regulations, restrictions, and directives specifically targeted China's LGBT population, including the banning of LGBT social media accounts, increased censorship of online discussion of LGBT issues, and pressure on gay university groups on campuses.
“LGBT issues are unfortunately seen as Western, regardless of the long history of homoeroticism and gender variance in China,” said Dr. Hongwei Bao, who is an expert in Asian LGBT studies from the University of Nottingham in the UK.