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#IGLTA2016 convention pricing available

Visit iglta.org/convention for registration pricing, pre/post FAM options, host hotel rates, and other trip-planning information for our first Annual Global Convention in Africa. We hope you'll join us in Cape Town, 14-16 April, 2016.

23 Jun 2015 21:24:41 CDT

Cape Town trip winner announced

New York-based buyer Aurelio Giordano of Ace World Travel is the winner of our trip giveaway to next year's Annual Global Convention, our first on the African continent. He will receive return air tickets to Cape Town compliments of South African Airways and four nights in the luxury hotel MannaBay for two people. #IGLTA2016

23 Jun 2015 21:24:41 CDT

Small business spotlight

Please join us in supporting the small business members of our association. Absolu Living, founded and run by gay men, has an extensive pool of superior apartments for short-term rental accommodations in the heart of gay Paris. Steele Luxury Travel, a full-service travel agency based in New York, provides the seasoned globetrotter unique travel experiences to exotic destinations worldwide.

23 Jun 2015 21:24:41 CDT

Two Bad Tourists tell us about #mygaypride

Auston and David are a married American couple who live in Spain and blog their travel adventures on website Two Bad Tourists. They recently launched their #mygaypride campaign for the second year running, and Winq spoke to them to find out more.

23 Jun 2015 21:24:41 CDT

Stonewall Inn declared NYC landmark

New York City's landmarks commission today voted to grant official status to the Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich Village bar often credited as the birthplace of the modern LGBT rights movement. The vote was unanimous, according to the Associated Press. This marks the first time any site in New York City has been designated a landmark because of its significance in LGBT history.

23 Jun 2015 21:24:41 CDT

This lesbian MP could become one of the most powerful LGBTI people in Europe

Angela Eagle, one of the U.K.'s top lesbian MPs, has officially announced her campaign to be named Deputy Leader of the Labour Party on 22 June. The long-time human rights campaigner has pledged to "smash the glass ceiling for LGBTI people worldwide" if she takes the coveted position.

23 Jun 2015 21:24:41 CDT

How gay marriage became a major issue for a generation uninterested in marriage

On the eve of a Supreme Court decision that could decide same-sex marriage in America, nearly three-fourths of millennials support it — even as only 16 percent of adults aged 18 to 29 are actually married themselves. The latter is the lowest it's been in at least 10 years. And it's more than a little ironic that marriage has become the defining political issue for a generation that's overwhelmingly single and perhaps less interested in marriage than those who came before it.

23 Jun 2015 21:24:41 CDT

Ireland aims to draw gay weddings to its Emerald shores

Not even a month after Irish voters overwhelmingly approved legal gay marriage, the country has launched an international tourism campaign to become the top gay wedding destination in Europe. Despite its history as one of the world’s most conservative Catholic countries, the campaign is very much in line with another image Ireland has long cultivated: One of the most romantic places on earth, with its ancient castles, dreamingly beautiful landscapes, the biggest matchmaking festival in the world and a booming wedding industry.

23 Jun 2015 21:24:41 CDT

Japanese out politician urges South Korea to improve LGBT rights

Taiga Ishikawa, Japan's only gay politician, has spoken about South Korea's progress on LGBT rights. He attended the Korea Queer Festival, which was protested against by conservative Christian groups. Police attempted to ban the parade, on public safety grounds, but the ban was overturned by the courts.

23 Jun 2015 21:24:41 CDT

LGBT tourism conference proves Argentina is doing it right

Argentina is once again dominating tourism within Latin America, not only because of its wide range of things to see and do throughout the entire country, but because they have cornered the market within LGBT tourism within the region. Argentina is once again dominating tourism within Latin America, not only because of its wide range of things to see and do throughout the entire country, but because they have cornered the market within LGBT tourism within the region. Clustered within a conservative continent, Argentina has always been many steps ahead when it comes to anything and everything related to the LGBT consumer, as well as their LGBT residents.

23 Jun 2015 21:24:41 CDT

Malaysian Court convicts 9 transgender women

An Islamic court in Malaysia has convicted nine transgender women of violating laws that prohibit "a male person posing as a woman," Human Rights Watch (HRW) said recently. All women were fined and two were handed jail sentences. Religious authorities in the northeastern state of Kelantan arrested the women in a raid earlier in June, who pleaded guilty the next day.

23 Jun 2015 21:24:41 CDT

LGBT homeless shelter opens in San Francisco

Jazzie's Place, the first homeless shelter for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults in the U.S., opened in San Francisco's Mission District recently to help serve the housing needs of nearly a third of the city's homeless population who identify as LGBT. Wendy Phillips, the director of Dolores Street Community Services and Jazzie's Place, said the new shelter is intended to be a space where all shelter guests are treated with dignity and respect.

23 Jun 2015 21:24:41 CDT

Moroccan gay men to serve 4 months for posing close together for photograph

Two Moroccan gay men have been sentenced to four months each in jail after they were arrested for standing too close to one another as they posed for a photograph in front of a historic site in Rabat. Lahcen, 38, and Mohsine, 25, whose surnames the Guardian is not publishing in order to protect their identities, were found guilty of homosexuality and obscenity, in a trial described by activists as grossly unfair.

23 Jun 2015 21:24:41 CDT

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