In June 2011, we leave our San Francisco home to travel the world in search of these “Supergays”. We write about our journeys as a lesbian couple and share the accounts of these extraordinary individuals that we meet during our not-so-straight travels.
We are in the process of nailing down our itinerary. The countries are pretty settled (this was quite a negotiation process, and we had to remind ourselves that this wouldn’t be the only time in our lives we would ever get to travel.) Part of the challenge is that we want to visit new places, but between the two of us we have already covered much of the globe prior to being together. In the end, we used the following criteria for choosing our destinations:
Places where the LGBT movement is just starting to take shape. We are interested in documenting queer life in societies where LGBT awareness is still nascent. Our goal is to find the brave souls who are leading the charge for gay rights and tell their stories.
Places where we speak the language. If we want to have meaningful exchanges with people, we have to be able to communicate. Luckily for us, Lisa is fluent in Spanish and Jenni is fluent in Chinese, and we both of course speak English. So between these three, we’re pretty well covered.
Places where our dollar stretches far. This means we’re traveling almost exclusively in developing countries. All the non-white places of the world (Plus these are far more interesting anyways.)
Places where we have existing personal connections. We are returning to a few places where we already have friendships from previous travels. We will also visit places where we have family, such as Australia and Taiwan.
Here is our preliminary schedule: