Passersby at the JW Marriott in Washington, D.C., can't help notice an 83-foot-tall banner featuring NBA player Jason Collins under the hashtag #LoveTravels. "Every time I travel, whether for my personal life or with the NBA, I want to feel welcome," says the Brooklyn Nets center, who came out as gay in 2013.
Marriott International's latest outreach campaign features several prominent LGBT advocates. And it's among a growing number of U.S.-based travel companies to voice support for the gay rights movement -- benefiting not only travelers, but also those working behind the front desk.
Transportation companies are increasingly LGBT friendly as well. American, Delta, and Southwest all spoke out against the anti-gay legislation pending in Arizona earlier this year, protesting that their customers and employees deserved better. And Zipcar is donating $1 per hour driven in a special fleet of "Pride Zipcars" to local LGBT charities in honor of Pride month.
By recognizing and advocating for employee diversity, and by welcoming LGBT guests with open arms, these companies are responsible for making travel in America more inclusive.
-- Peter Schlesinger
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