- Since knowledge is power, VACAYA joined forces with LGBT+ travel experts HospitableMe to develop a deeper understanding of what these civil code changes do and do not mean. You can read their educational statement HERE.
- We also joined forces with industry organization, Discover Puerto Rico, to make impact where we can. A statement from Discover Puerto Rico can be found HERE.
- VACAYA is sending an independent statement to legislative leaders in Puerto Rico to help them understand the economic impact of our visit and that they should not take our community for granted. That statement can be found HERE.
- On June 26 at 5pm ET, we’re co-sponsoring a Virtual Vacay Pride Celebration with Discover Puerto Rico, featuring a diverse roster of entertainers. There will be opportunities for you to join us in supporting local LGBT+ advocacy organizations on the island. To join the virtual celebration, simply go to VACAYA’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/myvacaya/) at 5pm ET on Friday, June 26 and scroll down until you get to the Facebook Live stream.
- When we visit Puerto Rico in February, we’ll have opportunities for you to meet community leaders and give back through VACAYA’s ReachOUT program.
Boycotts can be an effective tool for change, there’s no doubt about it, but they often hurt the local LGBT+ community, who are disproportionately represented in tourism and hospitality jobs, and can face a backlash from their employers and colleagues who see the boycott as threatening their livelihoods.
From the discussions we’ve had with the community in Puerto Rico, a boycott isn’t the best way to help them. Instead, we are deepening our engagement with locals and standing strongly by their side.
Above all, at VACAYA we believe in the extraordinary power in bringing people together. When we come together in celebration of our diversity and common humanity, we make change happen. As you will see in our statement to the Puerto Rican legislature, we’re very clear in our response to the Civil Code and our support of the LGBT+ community. And we’re educating and bringing along our tourism partners to stand up for the LGBTQIAPK community, too. We’re so grateful for the opportunity to do that, and for your support in making it happen.
Thanks for looking into this and directly addressing our concerns!