Why is it you think that Olivia and/or Judy is leading us to our doom!?!
As everyone has said "Judy will put safety first for our group" and she will!
There would be nothing worse for a lesbian travel company who wants to continue…than having 600+ of your travelers "arrested" for being "gay"
So far only Canada has issued the advisory…and mainly so because of it's openness to the GLBT lifestyle…which I wish everyone everywhere had! The advisory issued was because St. Petersburg's new law "runs contrary to core Canadian values of freedom of speech, of human rights" (mine too!). The advisory states that the new law prohibits "propagandizing homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality and transsexuality among minors, and prohibiting public actions propagandizing pedophilia."
They also have issued this travel advisory for the location…"homosexuality is legal, though some still strongly disapprove of it. Canadians are advised to avoid displaying affection in public, as homosexuals can be targets of violence."…but that can be true anywhere! I know friends who have been beaten and 2 friends who were murdered!!
And…Canada has also had many other advisories for travel to Russia for quite some time...some even before we booked this trip
Even in the USA…we as the GLBT community do not have full rights to those "core values of freedom of speech and human rights" as Canada does…so will the USA be next on Canada's list!?!
I know that sometimes visiting a "foreign" country can be scary…but so are some of the excursions we have taken…yet we survived!!!