CBS Detroit, December 5, 2012
A local LGBT rights group is taking issue with a new survey that ranks Detroit as “the most dangerous U.S. city to visit for gay travelers.”
The company behind the survey, Alternative Luxury Travel by Bruvion, caters to upscale travelers “looking for life-enriching and memorable travel experiences.”
It describes Detroit as having “a slumping economy, increase in crime, high number of landmark gay bars closing and a severe lack of smart accommodations.”
Dave Garca, Executive Director of Affirmations LGBT community center in Ferndale, said he’d be happy to give the folks at Alternative Luxury Travel a tour of metro Detroit for a firsthand look at the many positive, secure venues for gays.
“The city of Detroit itself and the metropolitan area at large has many safe, exciting, and fun venues for the LGBT community,” Garcia said. “From Ferndale to Royal Oak to many downtown destinations like the FOX, The Detroit Opera House and sports venues. Like any city, Detroit has some areas that are safer than others.”