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IGLTA eNewsletter

Calling All Tourism Boards & Hotels: Input needed

IGLTA is a proud affiliate member of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the first LGBT organization to have this distinction. We are currently working in collaboration with the UNWTO on the Second Global Report on LGBT Travel. Please assist us in collecting valuable data for this report by completing one of our online surveys, which focus on the LGBT outreach of destinations or accommodations. Click here if you are with a tourism board/DMO. Click here for the accommodations survey. Your answers will help to give readers a better understanding of the characteristics of the LGBT travel market, as well as the challenges and opportunities associated with engaging with LGBT consumers.

31 Aug 2016 09:09:08 CDT

Global Partner Spotlight: MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International has been a proud Silver Level IGLTA partner since 2012 and is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The company recently hosted its annual Women's Leadership Conference, attracting over 1,000 registered attendees to the MGM Grand for the 10th anniversary of the event. Among the keynote speakers was out lesbian entrepreneur Dr. Lalia Rach. MGM Resorts International has received a 100 percent score on HRC's Corporate Equality Index for four consecutive years. In 2000, MGM Resorts International became the first gaming company to voluntarily declare a formal diversity initiative and in 2004 they became the first gaming company to offer same-sex health benefits to their employees. With 15 Corporate Social Responsibility Councils led by their Diversity Champions to reinforce inclusion teachings and practices as well as 12 employee resource groups, MGM Resorts International continues to lead the way for LGBT community engagement with integrity.

31 Aug 2016 09:09:08 CDT

Labor key to gay marriage vote

Labor now holds the key to whether a national vote on same-sex marriage goes ahead. The Nick Xenophon Team confirmed its opposition to a bill to enable the plebiscite, in the wake of a plan by the Greens to vote it down when it comes to parliament. One Nation's four senators say the plebiscite should go ahead, but not until the next election to reduce the cost to taxpayers.

31 Aug 2016 09:09:08 CDT

Madrid LGBT group takes action over 'gay cure therapy'

Arcopoli has brought charges against Elena Lorenzo Rego, a psychotherapist who offers treatment for those wanting to change their sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. "This self-appointed therapist offers to help people who are unhappy being homosexual to change," explained Yago Blando, from Arcópoli, the LGBT group that has filed the complaint.

31 Aug 2016 09:09:08 CDT

Gay couple makes history in South Africa with birth of triplets

A gay couple have become the first recorded same-sex couple in South Africa to have children born of both parents' DNA by way of a surrogate mother. Christo and Theo Menelaou reportedly fertilized a single egg each by way of their surrogate, resulting in the birth of triplets. The Menelaou's triplets also contain a set of identical twins.

31 Aug 2016 09:09:08 CDT

Migration agency 'to get rid of LGBT experts'

An internal report looking at ways to make Sweden's Migration Agency more efficient has proposed the agency gets rid of specialists dedicated to LGBT-related issues. The move has prompted the country's main gay rights group to see red. The report noted that the agency in recent years has lost a lot of experienced expertise at many of its asylum centres, and therefore proposed creating new, more general roles for some of its older staff.

31 Aug 2016 09:09:08 CDT

Colombian LGBT groups endorse peace deal

More than 100 LGBT advocacy groups in Colombia have endorsed the peace deal between the country's government and a rebel group that would end a decades-long war. Colombia Diversa, Caribe Afirmativo and other organizations launched a campaign that urges Colombians to vote for the agreement in a referendum that is set to take place on Oct. 2.

31 Aug 2016 09:09:08 CDT

Egyptian police using gay dating apps to hunt members of LGBT community

Egyptian government authorities have reportedly been using gay dating apps to locate and detain members of the LGBT community, according to online lifestyle and entertainment magazine CairoScene. The outlet cited a source close to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community as claiming that the online dating platforms, such as Grindr, are jeopardizing the safety of the conservative Muslim country's homosexual population.

31 Aug 2016 09:09:08 CDT

India moves forward with bill to ban gay couples from hiring surrogates

On 24 August India's Government moved ahead with Surrogacy Bill 2016 that bars gay couples, foreigners, single people, live-in partners, overseas Indians and married couples who already have children from hiring surrogates. If Bill gets approved by parliament in the next session it would mean that only infertile couples who have been married for more than five years would be able to qualify for surrogacy.

31 Aug 2016 09:09:08 CDT

Why Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim democracy, should accept its LGBT citizens

In his overseas trips, Indonesian President Joko Widodo has one favorite topic to discuss with his fellow leaders: Islam and democracy in his country. Indonesia "is a country where Islam and democracy can go hand in hand," he said during a speech at the U.K. Parliament in April. In his visit at the White House last October, he told President Obama that Islam in Indonesia is "moderate," "modern" and "tolerant."

31 Aug 2016 09:09:08 CDT