I noticed elsewhere there will be a separate forum for LGBT Travelers and I just shook my head in disbelief. The first thought that comes to my mind is a repeat of what has already been experienced; a celebration of differences versus the focus on the common. Instead of sharing information that all travelers can use; creating a pigeon hole repository for information defeats the underlying purpose of a travel community. For example... A post about XYZ Hotel in Someplace, USA refused service to a fellow community member because of a perception of sexual orientation would be some pretty valuable information for the entire community. Everyone I know would react with a "screw them, I will no longer patronize them." The other potential for a island of individuals would be a "separate meeting/meet up" and I would have to guess that if other meet-ups were limited to any other delimiter, it would be decried as out of bounds. I suppose it gets down to the fact that there are plenty of forums directed to sexual orientation and probably some gay or lesbian travel sites but the creation of an islands of special interests within a travel forum is the antithesis of the very definition of community. It seems as though, this separation in done under the basis of an assumption that the rest of the community doesn't care about an issue unique to an individual regardless of the basis of the issue; be it race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation. That is an awful assumption. I just looked at the other internet bulletin boards I frequent: Ford Trucks, Sea Doo, Saab, & Boating; not one of them have a separate forum that is based on race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation. I happen to know a black lesbian who pulls her Bass Boat or Sea Doo with a Ford Truck when she is not driving her 9-3.