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Welcome TTC, IGLTA's newest global partner

The Travel Corporation (TTC) is now a proud Silver Level Global Partner. The international travel group, which includes 29 brands, delivers a diverse spectrum of welcoming experiences that complement IGLTA's efforts to advance LGBTQ+ travel around the world. "We are excited, and very proud, to be strengthening our partnership with IGLTA," said Brett Tollman, CEO of TTC, parent company to the award-winning family of brands that includes Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, Uniworld and The Red Carnation Hotel Collection. "Delivering excellence in service and unforgettable travel experiences for everyone is at the heart of all that we do, and we look forward to working together to grow diversity and inclusivity across the global travel industry."

13 Feb 2019 12:05:13 CDT

IGLTA visits NYU

IGLTA Foundation board chair Reginald Charlot and IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella (pictured, l to r) co-hosted a presentation at NYU's Jonathan M. Tisch Center for Hospitality in New York City on 6 February. As part of the partnership between IGLTA and NYU, IGLTA was asked to share insights about LGBTQ+ tourism and our 36th Annual Global Convention (24-27 April in NYC) with the students and faculty. VIEW NOW

13 Feb 2019 12:05:13 CDT

Small business spotlight

Please join us in supporting the small business members of IGLTA, such as Food Travelist, whose stories, tips and ideas are designed to fuel the thrill of discovery for luxury seekers, global explorers, and food lovers as well as LGBTQ+ travelers, all seeking an unforgettable experience wherever they go; and St Hilda Sea Adventures, which provides small ship cruising and wildlife holidays on the beautiful West Coast of Scotland and is a truly unforgettable adventure for all ages. READ MORE

13 Feb 2019 12:05:13 CDT

New convention sponsorship opportunity!

The 2019 Annual Global Convention marks the launch of IGLTA's Leadership Think Tank. The invitation-only, two-hour roundtable discussion will bring together C-Suite thought leaders from LGBTQ+ welcoming destinations around the globe and will focus on responsible tourism—specifically, how the LGBTQ+ travel segment can help address key issues facing so many city centers. Please contact Clark Massad to reserve the exclusive sponsorship of the Leadership Think Tank:

13 Feb 2019 12:05:13 CDT

Japanese LGBT couples will file Valentine's Day lawsuits demanding gay marriage be made legal

On 14 February, at least 13 same-sex couples will file coordinated lawsuits in district courts across Japan. The couples will seek damages over claims that the national government and most local authorities had violated their constitutional right to equality. The legal action will be the first of its kind in Japan, and its organizers have timed it for maximum publicity. Gay rights activists accuse Japan of lagging behind other countries on LGBT issues, pointing out it is the only member of the G7 – representing the world’s largest advanced economies – that does not recognise same-sex unions.

13 Feb 2019 12:05:13 CDT

Gay Tunisian man jailed after going to police over robbery

A Tunisian homosexual who went to police to report he had been robbed has himself ended up with a six-month jail term, a court and activists said recently. The man, aged 26, set up a rendezvous using Facebook, said the Shams group that defends homosexuals in Tunisia, where gay sex is illegal. He turned up at the agreed venue only to be confronted by two men who raped and robbed him, the man told Shams.

13 Feb 2019 12:05:13 CDT

Government defends same-sex marriage ban

Government's lawyers claimed recently that the Cayman Islands constitution explicitly prohibits same-sex marriage. Speaking for the first time in the landmark case, Sir Jeffrey Jowell, QC, argued that the islands' Bill of Rights was a "unique instrument" founded on the distinct history and Christian tradition of the territory. He said it was "no mere mirror" of constitutions in other advanced democracies, and the freedoms it guarantees, including the right to freedom from discrimination, could not be used, as they have in other countries, to advance the cause of same-sex marriage.

13 Feb 2019 12:05:13 CDT

LGBT tourism in friendly Argentina on the rise and down in Brazil

Argentina and Brazil had always been competing. This is not only true for soccer, but also for tourism. Anti-LGBT policies in the making in Brazil may contribute to an even bigger growth for tourism from this sector for Argentina. Creating a tourist offer focused on gay tourism in Argentina is becoming increasingly attractive for companies and businesses in the industry, as this market registers higher expenditure and longer stays in comparison to other niches tourism markets.

13 Feb 2019 12:05:13 CDT

Leading British surgeon calls for transgender women to have life-changing womb transplants so they can have their own children with IVF

A top British surgeon has called for transgender women to get life-changing womb transplants so they can have children of their own. It comes after doctors in Brazil delivered the world's first baby from a womb transplant that was given to a woman from a deceased donor last year. Now surgeon Christopher Inglefield, founder of the London Transgender Clinic, believes transgender women deserve a uterus implant.

13 Feb 2019 12:05:13 CDT

Nashville becomes 1st Southern city to recognize LGBT-owned businesses

Nashville recently became the first city in the South to recognize LGBT-owned businesses. Nashville Mayor David Briley signed an executive order including LGBT Business Enterprises certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce in contracting and procurement opportunities throughout the city.

13 Feb 2019 12:05:13 CDT

Gay couples to 'live more freely' with Thai civil unions

Luke Cassady-Dorion believed marriage was for "boring" straight people until he met the man he wanted to spend the rest of his life with - Tae. But Thailand, where they live, does not permit same-sex marriage. So the couple wed in New York. With Thailand set to pass a landmark law that would make it the first country in Asia to legally recognize same-sex couples as civil partners, they are hopeful the largely conservative Buddhist society is on the path to recognizing their love.

13 Feb 2019 12:05:13 CDT

Can businesses turn away LGBT customers? Court battles bubbling back up

The original story behind the Masterpiece Cakeshop case is both undisputed and well known: A gay couple in Colorado walked into the bakery in 2012 and asked for wedding cake. The owner and master baker Jack Phillips declined to make a custom cake for their party because he said their union violated his religious beliefs. The couple filed a complaint with the state's civil rights commission, which found Phillips was violating the state's anti-discrimination laws that prohibit businesses from discriminating against LGBTQ people.

13 Feb 2019 12:05:13 CDT

'I felt the solidarity': Thousands turn out for Auckland's Pride events

The LGBTQI community were out in full force at Pt Chevalier's Coyle Park, many covered head to toe in rainbow glitter. Almost 15,000 people crowded the park, and despite the sun rays streaming down they danced all day. "It's such a good vibe, everyone's so accepting," said festival-goer McKay Carroll. They said the day is a celebration of the community and its achievements. Echoing that sentiment was advocate Huhana Hickey who said the event is an important way to connect with her community, friends and family.

13 Feb 2019 12:05:13 CDT