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IGLTA at the New York Times Travel Show

There are always many great ways to connect with IGLTA and the LGBTQ tourism market at the New York Times Travel Show, 26-28 January. We hope to see you there!

  • Visit IGLTA in the new LGBTQ Travel Pavilion throughout the show, booth #122.
  • Attend the IGLTA-moderated Focus on LGBTQ Travel panel on the Trade Day, 26 January, 10:45am-12:15 p.m. Register here for $5 off trade day admission or use the code IGLTA18 to receive the discount.
  • Continue the Trade Day networking at Sky Room, 26 January, 5:30-7:45 p.m. Donations will benefit the IGLTA Foundation. RSVP now!
  • Attend the LGBTQ Travel with Davey Wavey seminar during the consumer programming, 27 January, 4 p.m. Free tickets are available while they last for the Consumer Days 27-28 January. Register here or use the code LGBTQ18.
  • 17 Jan 2018 11:23:38 CDT

    Hall of Fame 2018: Tanya Churchmuch

    The first of this year's IGLTA Honors, presented with support from Visit Philadelphia®, was announced today: Tanya Churchmuch will receive the Hanns Ebensten Hall of Fame Award during Voyage, the IGLTA Foundation benefit at IGLTA's 35th Anniversary Global Convention. Tanya is the founder of MuchPR, a New York-based PR agency focusing on travel, hospitality and LGBTQ markets. With more than 20 years of media relations, communications, travel writing and on-air television journalism experience, Tanya has long been a passionate advocate of LGBTQ travel: as publisher of the lesbian travel website Girlports; by overseeing all of Tourisme Montreal's LGBTQ outreach during her time with the organization; through promotion of LGBTQ-owned travel businesses and through her involvement with IGLTA. For seven years Tanya was a member of the IGLTA Board of Directors (including three years as Board Chair) and currently sits on the IGLTA Foundation Board of Directors as Secretary.

    17 Jan 2018 11:23:38 CDT

    Small business spotlight

    Please join us in supporting the small business members of IGLTA, such as LGBT-owned Lisbon Beach, which offers some of the best LGBT tours and an up-to-date guide on LGBT Lisbon; and Nada's Italy, Inc., with authentic experiences that will change the way you travel and inspire you to discover your passion, live in the moment, and enjoy life.

    17 Jan 2018 11:23:38 CDT

    Latin America countries urged to abide by landmark LGBT rights ruling

    LGBT advocacy groups across Latin America have urged their governments to abide by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights' landmark ruling that recognize same-sex marriage and transgender rights. México Igualitario, Visibles in Guatemala, Comunicado y Capacitando a Mujeres Trans in El Salvador, Fundación Igualitos in Costa Rica, Fundación Iguales in Panama, the Movement for Homosexual Integration and Liberation in Chile and more than two dozen other groups recently signed a statement that notes the court "urges all the countries" that signed the American Convention on Human Rights "to embrace equality."

    17 Jan 2018 11:23:38 CDT

    A safe spot for gay travelers at Jamaica's Hedonism II

    Jamaica can be a tough decision for LGBTQ travelers: To go or not to go? The island is an easy flight from much of the United States, and it boasts beautiful beaches, fantastic tropical weather, lush mountains, Instagram-ready waterfalls and numerous resorts to suit almost every price point. But the country is notorious for being one of the most homophobic in the Western Hemisphere. Its laws criminalize sex between men — with maximum sentences of 10 years of prison and hard labor.

    17 Jan 2018 11:23:38 CDT

    Same-sex spouses should have EU residency rights, court is told

    Same-sex spouses should be afforded the same rights to live and work across the European Union as married heterosexual couples, regardless of individual member countries' stance on same-sex marriage, a senior legal adviser to the European Union's top court said recently. The opinion, related to a case before the Court of Justice involving a Romanian man and his American husband, is not binding, but the court generally follows such advisories.

    17 Jan 2018 11:23:38 CDT

    Japanese dictionary's definition of 'LGBT' draws criticism for inaccuracy on the 'T' part

    Critics call for revision to brand-new edition of one of Japan's most trusted and influential language resources. Following the release of its first edition in 1955, publisher Iwanami Shoten's Kojien has become one of the most respected and widely used dictionaries in Japan. Since 1998, the tome has been on a 10-year update cycle, and so last week's release of Kojien’s seventh edition was a big deal not just for linguists, but for Japanese society in general.

    17 Jan 2018 11:23:38 CDT

    How gay and lesbian couples are still facing obstacles in parenting rights

    Despite Germany allowing same-sex couples to wed from October last year, hurdles for gay and lesbian partners regarding parental rights and the civil registry have recently emerged. When Jakob Quirin came into the world on New Year's Day as one of the first babies in Munich to be born in 2018, he automatically had one official biological mother by the name of Steffi S. But in spite of Steffi S. being married to a woman named Antonia since same-sex marriages were declared legal in Germany on 1 October 2017, Antonia was not automatically declared his mother.

    17 Jan 2018 11:23:38 CDT

    Paducah, Kentucky, passes 'historic' city ordinance to protect LGBT community

    Paducah became the first city in western Kentucky to pass an anti-discrimination ordinance that would protect the LGBT community. In a 4-1 vote of Paducah city leaders on Tuesday evening, the western Kentucky town of around 25,000 people became the ninth city in the state that have fairness ordinances, explicit laws that prohibit discrimination in housing and public services to the LGBT community.

    17 Jan 2018 11:23:38 CDT

    Most Russians say gay sex is 'reprehensible' after 20-year spike in homophobia, poll shows

    More than 80 percent of Russians consider gay sex "reprehensible," showing a massive spike in LGBT intolerance over the past two decades, according to a new poll. A Levada Center survey released recently showed that 83 percent of Russians thought gay sex was "always reprehensible" or "almost always reprehensible," with little distinction between the opinions of younger and older generations.

    17 Jan 2018 11:23:38 CDT

    New Hampshire lets debunked gay conversion therapy remain legal

    A ban on "conversion therapy," a discredited practice that attempts to change sexual orientation or gender identity, failed to pass Tuesday in New Hampshire's House of Representatives. Two proposed bills would have protected minors from treatments aimed at erasing LGBTQ identity that medical professionals have labeled ineffective and potentially harmful. Both the House and Senate versions of the legislation failed narrowly in a vote that fell largely along party lines, with Republicans generally opposing any change to existing state law.

    17 Jan 2018 11:23:38 CDT

    Saudi Arabia police arrest men over 'gay wedding' video

    Police in Saudi Arabia say they have arrested several young men who last week appeared in a video of what was described as a "gay wedding scene." In the video, the men are sprayed with confetti as they walk side by side on a carpet at an outdoor venue. One of them seems to be wearing a long bridal veil.

    17 Jan 2018 11:23:38 CDT