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IGLTA would like you to connect

We are delighted to announce that we have now launched our partnership with Connecting Travel, which is a dedicated global travel, tourism and hospitality online community. It will bring our audience closer than ever before through a global business network driven by the latest industry news and information sharing. Please accept this invite to sign up at connectingtravel.com, which will allow you to connect with colleagues and contacts globally, sharing content, news, views and information through international networks, keep up to date with events within the industry, market your own and much more. Registration is simple, and then all you have to do is connect to the IGLTA white label to ensure that you receive all our regular news feeds and updates.

1 Apr 2015 10:55:26 CDT

Annual Report available

Our 2014 overview of association activities and membership can be downloaded as a PDF now.

1 Apr 2015 10:55:26 CDT

#IGLTA2015 day passes are online

If you'll be in the Los Angeles area 8-11 April but have limited time, you can still experience some of the first-rate networking and education at our 32nd Annual Global Convention. Day passes are available for just $295 for either 9 or 10 April. Review the schedule for each day at igltaconvention.org/agenda and purchase your passes now at igltaconvention.org/register-today. See you in the City of Angels!

1 Apr 2015 10:55:26 CDT

Small business spotlight

Please join us in supporting our small business members that support the LGBT community, such as Flytographer, which connects travelers with local photographers around the world for fun, candid photo shoots; and MS Travel & Tours, an agency specializing in destination weddings and honeymoons.

1 Apr 2015 10:55:26 CDT

All general election candidates asked to pledge support for trans rights

Campaigners for trans rights are calling on all general election candidates to support the three principles underpinning the Trans Manifesto. The Trans Manifesto was launched in April 2014 to draw politicians' attention to areas where trans people face inequality.

1 Apr 2015 10:55:26 CDT

Russia's bid to curtail LGBT benefits at the UN fails

A Russian proposal to cut benefits to the spouses of some LGBT employees at the United Nations failed in a vote that was far less close than opponents of the draft had feared. Russia had brought the vote at the Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, which handles administrative and budgetary affairs, to consider the question of whether U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon overstepped his authority in expanding the number of employees eligible for benefits for their same-sex spouse.

1 Apr 2015 10:55:26 CDT

LGBT travelers: Being gay should never inhibit a love of travel — or the love for your partner

Simon Forrester writes: Expectations of a "romantic break" vary enormously. But whether you are in the first flush of romance, honeymooners, or looking to rekindle an old flame, everyone should feel free to show affection on holiday. To mark the first anniversary of same-sex marriage in England and Wales this week, Further Afield, the gay-friendly accommodation website that I launched five years ago, carried out a snap survey of its gay and lesbian subscribers.

1 Apr 2015 10:55:26 CDT

Bills on 'religious freedom' upset capitols in Arkansas and Indiana

The Arkansas legislature on March 31 passed its version of a bill described by proponents as a religious freedom law, even as Indiana's political leaders struggled to gain control over a growing backlash that has led to calls to boycott the state because of criticism that its law could be a vehicle for discrimination against gay couples.

1 Apr 2015 10:55:26 CDT

Tokyo's Shibuya district takes steps to recognize same-sex partnerships

One of Tokyo's most prominent districts has taken a small, but potentially significant step to recognizing same-sex unions in Japan. The government of Shibuya ward, one of the capital's most famous shopping and trendy entertainment districts, passed ordinance paving the way for "partnership certificates" for same-sex couples, allowing them some of the rights of married heterosexual couples.

1 Apr 2015 10:55:26 CDT

Seeking home: The lives of gay and transgender asylum seekers of the Middle East

Beginning in Damascus, Syria, in 2010, photojournalist Bradley Secker began to document the lives of gay Iraqi refugees that had fled Iraq to escape homophobic violence. Shortly after chronicling their stories, Secker crossed borders and traveled to Turkey, following Iranians, Turkish Kurds, Syrians and more Iraqis who were claiming asylum abroad or fighting for their rights in their home country. Hundreds of individuals from the Middle East apply for resettlement overseas every year because of increased discrimination against their sexuality or gender identity.

1 Apr 2015 10:55:26 CDT

Travel, tourism will grow faster than global economy in 2015

Travel and tourism's contribution to global GDP will grow 3.7 percent in 2015, and its employment will grow by 2.6 percent. By contrast, global GDP will grow 2.9 percent. So predicts the World Travel & Tourism Council in its latest forecast, which projects that travel and tourism will contribute $7.86 billion, or 10 percent of global GDP, to the world economy this year, as well as 284 million jobs, or 9.5 percent of total employment.

1 Apr 2015 10:55:26 CDT

Gay men who have a baby via surrogate now entitled to paid maternity leave

Gay men who have a baby born by a surrogate mother are entitled to paid maternity leave, a South African court ruled recently. The labor court in Durban said it was unjust for the state information technology agency, an information technology service in South Africa, not to pay a gay man the customary four months paid maternity leave usually given to new mothers.

1 Apr 2015 10:55:26 CDT

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