Alternative tourism - what`s that? Well...

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 18:05 (458 days ago) @ zulualpha

Zihuatanejo will play host to a week-long festival gay next month, in an effort to increase tourism in this sector.

The announcement came at a June 11 press conference, attended by three City Hall officials and executives of the civic organization "Feel the Love."

Entitled Semana Rosa, the event will kick off July 1 with the unfurling of a "rainbow flag" at Plaza Kiota, and will feature cultural, fashion and sports activities.

"Pink Week" will also attempt to increase awareness of the social challenges faced by members of the gay community, not only in Zihua, but nationally. Municipal Director of Gender Diversity, Carlos Garcia Y., said young gay people face "aggression from with the nuclear family," and that "the biggest enemy is not drugs or alcohol, but religious prejudice."

Zihua`s Tourism Director and Social Services Director also attended the press conference. (Despertar de la Costa)

While I consider myself gay every way but sexually, with all due respect to my gay family and friends (some with LGBTQ lodgings including my favorite cousin in Provincetown, MA) I'm not a big fan of sexual-orientation tourism, but I get it that it makes gay folks feel more at ease to stay at a LGBTQ-friendly lodging, which is a sad commentary on "straight" folks who for usually really dumb reasons feel threatened by gays.

I don't like mixing sex and tourism because sex-tourism is a real problem and it usually ends up badly for local children when tourists travel to a destination because they want sex. We've had our share of problems with it locally. I know of at least two gay gentlemen who came here with the intent to spread AIDS. Others who came to die. Way too many tourists already come here expecting to have sex with local boys and girls. Some even move here and everyone has lots of stories to tell about them. Most female sex-tourists seem to keep a lower profile than their male counterparts, but the psychological harm they can cause is still very real. I've seen it break and ruin young people's lives. You see a lot of humanity living in tourist destinations, thus my aversion to anything resembling sex-tourism even if it's only based on sexual orientation, which I know isn't the same thing in a rational mind, but we all aren't exactly rational now, are we? ;-)

Anyway, I prefer we all just get along without being hung up on each other's sex lives. I'd rather Zihuatanejo not be thought of just as LGBTQ friendly but as PEOPLE FRIENDLY. As a TROPICAL PARADISE, not a sex paradise.

Okay, Humberto. Have at me. :lunatic: :hitfan:

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