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Rainbow Travel

While Disneyland proved to be the happiest place on earth, a simple trip abroad turned out to be anything but for Ranae von Meding. As well as telling all about her holiday to Orlando with her wife and daughters, she shares the reality of travel for families led by same-sex parents. Photos provided by Ranae and family.

We are just back from a month long trip with the kids to Florida and everyone is asking how our holiday was. And it was great. It really was. But let’s get one thing clear - it wasn’t a holiday. As anyone who has travelled with small children can attest to - there are many ways you could describe packing up a young family and bringing them to a different country. And the word ‘holiday’ is not one of them!

The lead up to our adventure abroad was pretty hectic to say the least. In the month before we left, I had the pleasure of launching the ‘Equality For Children’ campaign, of which I am the CEO. Putting this into perspective, the evening before we left, I was in the Department of Health in a meeting with Simon Harris.

Although I’d been incredibly busy, I thought I was prepared. I had researched the hell out of this trip. We were packed to within an inch of our lives, ready for the ten hour plane trip. Snacks, toys, change of clothes, fully charged iPad and all the other things you need for international travel with kids.

So there we were. Rocking up to Dublin Airport, smug smile on my face. I am an expert traveller, I’ve got this! Perhaps you can see where this story is heading?

We check in and the Aer Lingus staff member’s face falls. She sees our excited anticipation and doesn’t want to ruin it. But alas she must. She hesitantly tells me “Your passport is out of date”. What? No it couldn’t be?

Here I must mention that I have dual nationality. I was born in America, so I have a USA passport as well as my Irish citizenship. Usually when travelling to the States I will travel in on my US passport and then come home on my Irish one. Of course I had checked all of our Irish passports but I hadn’t thought about the American one.

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Welcome to the January Issue of GCN, the very first of a new decade! We look at holiday destinations for LGBT+ families and the stresses involved without full parental rights. A piece on Poland shows how activists are still fighting in the face of state-led homophobia. There’s a fabulous photospread on Black Pride Ireland accompanied by their experiences of being queer people of colour in this country as well as a feature highlighting some of the incredible female and non-binary activists leading the charge for a better country. The Gay Project fill us in on their amazing year in Cork, while Tonie Walsh celebrates the iconic art of Derek Jarman. There’s also a wonderful piece on the much-missed nightlife venue, The Dragon. You’ll find a hard-hitting piece on the impact of the housing crisis on the LGBT+ community and how rising rents and lack of accommodation are driving people to breaking point. Have a festive season, readers, we wish you a new year filled with joy and happiness!