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BIG ISSUE

Uwern Jong urges us to support queer-owned travel businesses whenever we journey overseas

Last year, the Sultan of Brunei’s “Dorchester Collection” came under fire after he introduced harsh antigay laws in his home land. The (gay) public was abhorred but divided in response. Some people called for an all-out boycott of the properties while others proposed a full-on love in. But what the controversy highlighted was the importance of LGBTQ travellers supporting LGBTQowned and welcoming providers. A record number of queer people are travelling for leisure – accounting for some 88 million journeys and spending in excess of £164bn a year – making us the world’s fourth biggest tourism economy. Research shows that 55 per cent of these travellers will choose to do it with LGBTQowned businesses or those committed to diversity and equal treatment of the community. But what it also shows, is that close to half aren’t as dedicated to “keeping it in the family.”

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On the cover: Strictly dancer and gay ally Graziano Di Prima. Plus: Todrick Hall answers those allegations, inside Jodie Harsh's A-list jet-set life, exploring China's gay capital Chongqing, and more.