A new initiative aims to raise money for the IGLTA Foundation, the peak LGBTQ travel organization that helps protect us when we travel.
In many ways, travel parallels the journey of coming out. Travel is about crossing borders and broadening your horizons as you explore boundaries — cultural, physical and experiential. Travel teaches you about yourself and it also teaches other about you. You wish to understand and to be understood. You wish to be you. But for LGBTQ+ folks, coming out or getting away isn’t always safe. And for queer women, gender nonconforming and trans people of color it can even be more dangerous.
Two of Hollywood’s hottest rising actors, activists, and castmates — Jeremy Pope and Indya Moore of FX’s Pose — have signed on with leading travel brand Orbitz to advocate for equality in the travel industry this Giving Tuesday.
Beginning December 1, 2020 Pope, Moore and Orbitz will campaign to help raise up to $50,000 benefitting the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) Foundation. As part of the charitable drive, the celebrities star in social videos, art directed and filmed by Pope, in which they share intimate stories about their journey to becoming who they are today and invite their followers to take action.
Orbitz, Pope and Moore are asking followers on Instagram to visit Orbitz.com/thejourney to thank a friend or family member who has helped them on their journey to self-love and acceptance. For every thank you message sent, Orbitz will donate $20, up to a total of $50,000, to the IGLTA Foundation, which provides education, research and leadership development that benefits the global LGBTQ+ tourism industry.
“Not everyone feels safe enough to be themselves openly in this world. Finding that safety is a journey that requires so much self-love and acceptance, and deserves celebration,” says Indya Moore, who plays the role of Angel Evangelista on Pose. “Some of us can and have done it alone, but it’s easier when we have the support we need to embark on our journey to realizing ourselves, our dreams, and what we deserve. I’m so grateful that Orbitz is supporting us by helping improve our already challenging travel experiences. Any and all support for LGBTQ+ people and our journeys takes us a long way.”
“From the very beginning, I knew I wanted to have a very hands-on role in Orbitz’s Giving Tuesday campaign because the meaning and intention behind it is one so deeply personal to me,” says Pope, who starred in Netflix’s Hollywood, which debuted earlier this year. “I art directed and shot the video one-on-one with Indya to give the campaign content an added layer of intimacy. I hope the rawness in our storytelling helps spark meaningful dialogue around the journeys we all traverse within the LGBTQ+ community.”
To participate, simply visit Orbitz.com/thejourney between December 1-6, 2020.