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Convention early bird rates extended

We know everyone gets busy at year end, and so we're giving you a few more weeks to secure the best possible registration rates for the IGLTA Annual Global Convention in Toronto, 9-12 May. Our 35th anniversary edition of the convention will include an enhanced Buyer/Supplier Marketplace, a keynote address from UN Human Rights Officer Fabrice Houdart, and plenty of opportunities for networking with leaders from the global LGBTQ tourism industry. Don't miss out! Early bird pricing will end on 31 January.

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IGLTA networking in Toronto

If you're an IGLTA member in the Toronto area or will be visiting our convention host city on 24 January, please join IGLTA, Tourism Toronto and members of our 2018 Annual Global Convention Host Committee for an evening of cocktails and conversation at Bisha Lobby Lounge.

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Join IGLTA in the Gay & Lesbian Travel Pavilion at ITB Berlin

Since 2010 gay and lesbian travel has been an established, successful segment of ITB Berlin and one of the most diverse areas of the trade show. The Gay & Lesbian Travel Pavilion is the cornerstone for LGBT business at ITB and has grown to more than 450 square meters of dedicated exhibition space. IGLTA is proud to partner with ITB to offer special booth sharing and brochure distribution opportunities to its members. You may also register for a promotion slot in the LGBT Presentation Area of the Pavilion or join the popular LGBT Media Brunch. Register today! For additional information, please contact Rika Jean-Francois at ITB Berlin: jeanfrancois@messe-berlin.de

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Hawaii Tourism follows LGBT Hawaii suggestion, releases study on Taiwan and Japan

As suggested by LGBT Hawaii, the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today that two research studies have been issued providing insight on the profiles, preferences and opinions of LGBT travelers from Japan and Taiwan, as it relates to visiting the Hawaiian Islands. Commissioned by HTA's Tourism Research Division, the studies were conducted by Community Marketing & Insights, a San Francisco-based firm specializing in LGBT consumer research. The two new studies complete a set of six studies that are the first ever done analyzing LGBT travel to the Hawaiian Islands by the State of Hawaii.

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If states got LGBT-friendlier, they could earn billions

If Texas lawmakers piled up hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in the middle of an empty field and set it on fire, there would be massive public outrage. But according to data from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, that is effectively what Texas and other states are already doing by not creating a more supportive atmosphere for their LGBT citizens.

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Florida city embraces LGBT community

A Christmas tree brightens the lobby of the modest city hall and police building in Wilton Manors, Florida. A couple of windows display unorthodox signs: "Love Always Wins #westandwithOrlando." No one here forgets the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando on June 12, 2016, the ultimate hate crime. The signs show the serious side of what locals fondly call "Gayberry." Wilton Manors, a community of 12,000 bordering Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, has the second-highest per capita LGBT population, 14 percent, after Provincetown, Massachusetts, with 15 percent.

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Potential for gay and lesbian travel

With the leading International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and following its first report in 2012, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has published a second report on the role of the increasingly important LGBT travel market. According to the report, in recent years the LGBT travel market has experienced a general upturn. But in 70 countries around the world, including many leading medical tourism ones, the legal situation of gays and lesbians remains very precarious, and a lot still needs to be done in terms of education.

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India's Supreme Court will reconsider its 2013 gay sex ban

India's Supreme Court recently agreed to reconsider its 2013 decision that criminalize consensual sexual relations between same sex adults, a victory for equal rights campaigners. The court said a larger group of judges will re-examine the constitutional validity of Section 377 - a colonial-era law that prohibits "carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal" - widely interpreted to refer to homosexual sex.

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Controversial Mississippi law limiting LGBT rights not heading to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court says it will not take up a challenge to a Mississippi law that allows businesses and government officials to deny services to LGBT people if doing so would conflict with certain "sincerely held" religious beliefs. By rejecting the cases, the top court leaves in place a federal appeals court decision that allowed the 2016 law to take effect. It came into force in October.

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Gay man to appeal adoption ban of his biological son in Singapore

A gay doctor who had his bid to adopt his biological son born through surrogate in his native Singapore denied will appeal the court's decision. The four-year-old child was born via a surrogate in the United States. The doctor and his partner of 13 years wanted to officially adopt their son in their home country. But the Ministry of Social and Family Development denied their application in December last year.

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Inside Cuba's LGBT revolution: How the island's attitudes to sexuality and gender were transformed

The Malecon, a historic esplanade stretching along Havana’s coast, comes alive at sunset. The whole city comes together to chat, drink and listen to music, as Soviet-era Ladas and Chevrolets rattle past, ferrying tourists from one side of the city to the other. Along the boulevard, constructed in the 1900s for affluent middle-classes, a same-sex couple steal a kiss. A trans woman sits on the sea wall, chatting to friends. One man dances with another.

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Young Icelander beaten up for being gay in central Reykjavik

"It's always been in the air. I've always endured all kinds of awful degrading comments. I feel like I've always ben waiting to experience physical violence as well," says Úlfar Viktor Björnsson on being attacked in central Reykjavik on Saturday night. Björnsson was attacked for his sexual orientation. "I was walking down Laugavegur with a friend of mine, we were going to grab a taxi and go home, and this man walks towards us, accompanied with another guy, and he asks me, are you a homosexual?"

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Shunned and homeless LGBT Ukrainians find shelter in Kiev

Staring at the Berlin Wall mural of Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev kissing East German leader Erich Honecker on the mouth, Yevhenii Kalashnyk knew it was time to come out as gay. The 20-year-old Ukrainian kissed a friend in front of the graffiti painting in September and posted the photo on Instagram. The decision changed his life.

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'Just magical': 1st same-sex marriage ceremonies held across Australia

Same-sex marriage ceremonies are taking place across the country, as Australia celebrates the first official day of marriage equality. At a minute past midnight, Diana and Deanne Ribeiro made their marriage official in the Melbourne suburb of Balaclava. Around 60 guests counted down to midnight before the pair took their vows in the same place as their commitment ceremony five years earlier.

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