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Small business spotlight

This recurring feature showcases small business members of our association, such as Curaçao's Baoase Luxury Resort, nestled amidst tropical gardens on the Caribbean Sea with a private beach; and OUTstanding Travel, offering high-quality travel services to Israel for the gay community with a tailor-made approach.

7 Jul 2015 16:31:24 CDT

#IGLTA2016 Pre/Post FAMs available

We know that South Africa is long trip for many of our attendees, but the 33rd Annual Global Convention the perfect opportunity to not only share in the networking and education that only an IGLTA conference delivers, but also to spend some additional time experiencing the beauty of southern Africa. Pre/Post FAMs available for booking now!

7 Jul 2015 16:31:24 CDT

How to improve LGBT tourism marketing efforts, according to a city that knows

Although the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau began a marketing campaign aimed at LGBT travelers in 1996, it took them five more years before they used the word "gay" in any materials. The CVB called it their "rainbow" campaign, in the hope that it wouldn’t deter those opposed to all things gay from visiting, while still attracting the eyeballs of LGBT travelers looking for a sunny getaway — and smart enough to read between the lines.

7 Jul 2015 16:31:24 CDT

Mozambique LGBT activists move on to next battle after anti-gay law scrapped

Gay rights activists have welcomed the decriminalization of homosexuality in Mozambique but said they still face a long struggle for full equality. A penal code that came into force on 29 June erased Portuguese colonial laws dating back to 1886 that could condemn anyone "who habitually engages in vices against nature" to three years' hard labour.

7 Jul 2015 16:31:24 CDT

With marriage equality won, it's time to turn to LGBT rights abroad

Back in New York City in the 1980s, AIDS, death and discrimination defined my life as a young gay lawyer whose partner was dying of AIDS. Same-sex couples were denied an entire slew of basic rights such as the right to hospital visitation, medical decision-making, adoption and immigration, to name just a few.

7 Jul 2015 16:31:24 CDT

Italian minister goes on hunger strike to support legalization of gay civil unions

A junior minister in the Italian government has gone on hunger strike in a protest aimed at speeding up moves to introduce civil unions for gay couples. Ivan Scalfarotto, 49, said in his blog he was aiming to force discussion of the issue into the mainstream and rally the support of "all those people of good faith who have been thinking up until now that it was enough just to wait."

7 Jul 2015 16:31:24 CDT

Ukraine LGBT activists worry about future

As members of the LGBT community in the United States celebrate the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriages nationwide, gay-rights activists in Ukraine say they fear their country is headed in the opposite direction. They point to last month's LGBT Equality March in Kyiv — the first since the Euromaidan protests that led to the ouster of a pro-Russia government and brought in a government that pledges to lead the country based on Western values of liberal democracy, tolerance and human rights.

7 Jul 2015 16:31:24 CDT

Japan LGBT group files human rights complaint in bid for same-sex marriages

Hundreds of members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community filed an unprecedented request with the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA) in a bid to legalize same-sex marriages, saying Japan's failure to recognize the practice constitutes a violation of human rights. Coming on the heels of what lawyers behind the move called a gradual softening of traditional prejudice toward gays in Japan, the bid by 455 individuals is the first attempt to legalize same-sex marriages by appealing over human rights.

7 Jul 2015 16:31:24 CDT

Nigerian gay, bi men report more fear in healthcare after law

Gay and bisexual men in Nigeria are reporting increased reluctance to access healthcare after the country passed a law last year levying additional sanctions against same-sex couples. While consensual sexual relationships between men were already illegal in Nigeria, the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, signed into law in January 2014, prohibited participation in organizations supporting gay people or attempts at any kind of civil same-sex relationship.

7 Jul 2015 16:31:24 CDT

What Congress must do for LGBT kids

When Kyrstin Schuette, a Minnesotan, and her girlfriend started dating during freshman year in high school, none of the other students — with the exception of a few close friends — knew about their relationship. But that all changed on a school trip when another student found out and spread the word. Immediately, the harassment began.

7 Jul 2015 16:31:24 CDT