A new survey now reveals that only five per cent of LGBT couples are comfortable in public displays of affection when out on a holiday. They fear judgement and mockery when abroad.
The findings, as published in The Sun, and done by Virgin Holidays, showed a stark contrast between the experiences of straight and LGBT couples.
According to the survey, one in three LGBT couples said they had experienced discrimination when on holiday, including being stared at, laughed at and even verbally abused. On the other hands straight couples were comfortable engaging in public displays of affection when on vacation.
According to the survey one in ten LGBT travellers report that they have been threatened with physical violence when on holiday while two third felt uncomfortable at even mundane everyday tasks like applying sunscreen on the partner’s back.
The survey further stressed on the fact that even the travel industry shows discriminatory attitude when it came to LGBT couples. One third of LGBT travellers feared judgement from hotel staff and many have had their relationship status questioned, including being offered single hotel rooms and having their beds separated by housekeeping staff.
Speaking to The Sun, Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, said he found the results of the survey shocking.