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Join the #IGLTA2016 convention conversation!

The Facebook event page is up and running for our 33rd Annual Global Convention in Cape Town, South Africa, 14-16 April 2016. We'll be posting updates here throughout the year as we prepare for our first conference in Africa in IGLTA history!

1 Jul 2015 08:21:39 CDT

Small business spotlight

Please join us in supporting the small business members of our association, such as the "heterofriendly" Axel Hotel Berlin in Schöneberg (the heart of the city's gay scene), a property known for its combination of design, comfort and excellent service; and Japan Deluxe Tours, one of the leading travel agencies for the Japanese-American community in Southern California, which shares the hidden places not found in guidebooks.

1 Jul 2015 08:21:39 CDT

Speaker call open for #IGLTA2016

We're looking for dynamic presenters to contribute educational content for our 33rd Annual Global Convention in Cape Town, South Africa, 14-16 April 2016 at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. It's our first conference on the African continent, so think outside the box! Download the application and submit to by 1 August.

1 Jul 2015 08:21:39 CDT

#LoveWins: Travel industry celebrates marriage ruling

The travel industry joined in celebrating the Supreme Court ruling that legalizes same-sex marriage on 26 June. "The economic impact of this historic marriage equality ruling will affect many facets of the wedding, travel and hospitality industries — from restaurants and hotels to wedding planners and cruise lines," said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners and an LGBT advocate who married her partner in 2013.

1 Jul 2015 08:21:39 CDT

Milestone year: A timeline of major LGBT victories

The Stonewall Riots, in which gay activists and bar patrons of Greenwich Village's Stonewall Inn formed a resistance against a discriminatory police raid on June 28, 1969, are widely considered to have galvanized the modern LGBT rights movement in the United States and across the world. Now, 46 years later, LGBT communities and their allies are seeing unprecedented progress toward global equality, with many milestones taking place within just the past year.

1 Jul 2015 08:21:39 CDT

Turkish police fire pepper spray at gay pride parade

Although the gay pride parade has happened in peace for at least 13 years in Istanbul, on 28 June the parade was interrupted by police who fired pepper spray and rubber pellets at thousands when they arrived to march. Organizers of the march released a statement saying the Istanbul governorship was not allowing the procession, citing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

1 Jul 2015 08:21:39 CDT

Gay couple take pension rights battle to court of appeal

A gay man is fighting to win his husband the same pension rights a wife would enjoy if he was in a heterosexual relationship. John Walker, an ex-cavalry officer, has launched an equal treatment case, in the court of appeal, which could have widespread repercussions. The U.K. government estimates that "full equalization" would cost around £3.3 billion and have complex implications for pension schemes.

1 Jul 2015 08:21:39 CDT

Focus on LGBT travel: Family travel

Jackie Cooper, a curator at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, grew excited when she located the clownfish — made famous as the central character in the animated film "Finding Nemo" — swimming in the facility's enormous blacktip reef tank. "With clownfish, they're all born gender-neutral," she told the assembled parents and children."

1 Jul 2015 08:21:39 CDT

Gay pride in Korea faces Christian rage as seen at rally in Seoul, South Korea

Gay pride faced Christian outrage in central Seoul in a showdown that dramatized the conflict between Korea's deeply conservative values and the country's latter-day surge toward democratic equality. Advocates and foes of gay rights clashed after a gay pride rally on the grassy plaza in front of Seoul City Hall that drew several thousand people — many celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage between gay couples.

1 Jul 2015 08:21:39 CDT

Nigeria urged to repeal its anti-gay law by human rights group

Nigeria's draconian law against gays has encouraged mob attacks, police torture, evictions and public whippings, according to a report Monday that urges the country's new president to repeal the legislation. The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act is "the constitutionalization of hate and hate crimes against LGBTI individuals," writes Bisi Alimi in the report published by the PEN American Center and the New York-based Leitner Center for International Law and Justice.

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