LGBT wedding fashion
Megan with photographer Kevin Focht in Tulum, Mexico. By Jared Kay

Is It OK to Plan Your Gay Vacation to States With Anti-LGBTQ Laws?

Editor's Note, Love Wins Texas Weddings

It’s fair to wonder, given the nation’s current political climate, how safe marriage equality laws are. In our inspiring interview with Phyllis Randolph Frye, the transgender municipal judge in Houston, she expresses concern for LGBTQ rights in the Trump era. Here in Texas, a number of lawmakers seem obsessed with passing an anti-trans “bathroom bill.” On my travel story on page 80, I wrote about Asheville, North Carolina—a progressive city in yet another state that’s at the heart of America’s battle over LGBTQ rights.

Should we visit states where LGBTQ rights are under threat? Boycotting them is one justifiable stance, but I favor a different approach. Spend time in these states, and make a point of supporting LGBTQ-owned and allied businesses. It’s a great way to show solidarity with allies and, gradually, gain enough support to defeat the bigoted lawmakers who would like to silence us. Let them know that we’re here to stay.

It’s this magazine’s mission to help readers find wedding- and travel-related businesses that embrace our community. Thus, we shot our gorgeous fashion story on the sugary beaches of Tulum, along the sun-kissed Riviera Maya, which in 2011 became one of Mexico’s first regions to legalize same-gender marriage.

Asheville, North Carolina; photo courtesy of Explore Asheville

Of course, we have plenty of local stories in this issue, too, from serving authentic barbecue at your reception to surprising your wedding guests with a goodie bag of Texan treats. The five real weddings we’ve featured in this issue were celebrated throughout the state, from tiny Marfa to fast-growing Arlington to dynamic Austin and Dallas. We’ve highlighted a couple of stunning Fort Worth venues in Reception Style, and our wedding cake and floral stories feature some of Houston’s most talented vendors.

Our goal is to make Texas—and the world beyond—a bigger tent for the LGBTQ community. I hope you’ll join us in this quest. Go out, be visible, and share your love with the world around you.

Featured image: Kevin Focht. 

See additional Love Wins Texas editor notes here.