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#IGLTA2018 Hot Topics: Sustainability, human rights and travel trends

We have incredible, diverse discussions with a globe-spanning array of expert panelists coming to the main stage of the IGLTA Annual Global Convention 9-12 May in Toronto. Our key sessions will focus on sustainability, travel trends, and the intersection of human rights and tourism. All topics are filtered through the LGBTQ lens, of course! This year's main stage content will be translated into Spanish (the most commonly used language of our association members after English) thanks to Destination Ontario. Don't miss the opportunity to Travel. Learn. Connect. with global tourism leaders in one of the world's most LGBTQ-welcoming destinations and to celebrate 35 years of IGLTA helping to build connections among LGBTQ-welcoming tourism professionals.

14 Mar 2018 15:05:37 CDT

Memorable moments during ITB Berlin

LGBTQ travel continued to make a big splash at ITB Berlin this year, both on site and at after-hours events. Relive the highlights via our Facebook album, including scenes from the gay pavilion and Gustavo Noguera and Pablo de Luca of Gnetwork360 and CCGLAR receiving ITB's first LGBT+ Pioneer Award. Daniela Wagner with our Organizational Partner PATA received a "Celebrating Her" Award on International Women's Day. Congratulations also to IGLTA members George Neary of the Greater Miami CVB, Axel Hotels and Italy (the Italian National Tourist Board is an IGLTA Silver Level Global Partner), who were honored at the Spartacus Travel Awards.

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Don't miss out on Travel Talk voting

IGLTA members have an opportunity to shape the content of our 35th Anniversary Global Convention, but you have to act now! Voting closes at 5pm EST, on 23 March for this year's 2018 Travel Talk. We asked our members to submit video proposals and you can choose among three contenders: "Travel in the Age of Trump," "How Do You Figure Out What to Do, Where to Go as an LGBTQ Traveler in 2018?" or "Lessons Learned Three Years Post Marriage Equality in the U.S." The submission with the most votes will be featured at #IGLTA2018 in Toronto. If you have an active IGLTA membership, you should have received an email with a unique voting link, which can only be used once. If you have not received this email, please message Good luck to our three Travel Talk contenders!

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Small business spotlight

Please join us in supporting the small business members of IGLTA, such as LGBTQ-owned Cova Hotel, San Francisco, a boutique, modern and contemporary hotel situated in the heart of downtown San Francisco, just steps away from all that the city has to offer; and Mozambique Travel, with a portfolio of Mozambique's best lodges, camps, hotels, cruises and places to stay to give you the best holiday experiences.

14 Mar 2018 15:05:37 CDT

LGBT tourism eyes new horizons

From gay-friendly honeymoon destinations to party escapes, tourism has long catered to LGBT travelers. But as acceptance grows, so do calls for the industry to broaden its offers, and avoid cliches. All too often travel professionals remain stuck on stereotypical views of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual guests as hedonistic holidaymakers, Thomas Boemkes of the consulting agency Diversity Tourism said at Berlin's ITB fair, the world's largest travel trade show.

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Partnership strives to increase LGBTQ tourism to destinations across the globe

As the LGBTQ travel segment continues to evolve and flourish, Community Marketing & Insights (CMI), producers of the annual LGBTQ Tourism Forum, has partnered with Destinations International, the world’s largest resource for destination organizations, to expand professional development and educational access to the tourism industry. The LGBTQ segment currently spends an estimated U.S. $100 billion on travel and tourism each year, in the USA alone. While many travel and tourism entities have marketed to the LGBTQ community for years, others have not yet, or are just getting started.

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Mississippi town to allow gay pride parade, reversing denial

Leaders of a Mississippi college town now say they will permit a gay pride parade, reversing a previous denial after a lawsuit was filed. Starkville aldermen voted 3-3 recently with the mayor casting the tiebreaking vote to allow the parade. The aldermen previously rejected the application 4-3 last month.

14 Mar 2018 15:05:37 CDT

Report: Texas teacher suspended after asking officials to add LGBT language to school policy

A Dallas-area elementary school art teacher has reportedly been on administrative leave for months after she inquired about adding LGBT-friendly language to district policies. The Dallas Morning News confirmed with district officials that Stacy Bailey, a teacher at Mansfield Independent School District’s Charlotte Anderson Elementary School, is on leave, but officials declined to comment on the specifics of the disciplinary action.

14 Mar 2018 15:05:37 CDT

SC sets oral argument on same-sex marriage

The Supreme Court on 6 March announced that it will conduct a debate on whether to abolish the prohibition under the Family Code and allow same-sex marriages in the Philippines. High Court's Information Chief Atty. Theodore Te said an oral argument on the matter is set on June 19, 2018.

14 Mar 2018 15:05:37 CDT

Gay marriage challenge dropped by conservative German state due to 'no chance of winning'

A conservative-leaning state in Germany has dropped plans to challenge the country's marriage equality law. The Bavarian State Government, which is run by the Christian Social Union (CSU), announced recently that it would not try to fight equality laws for same-sex couples that passed last year, after legal counsel suggested they had "little chance of winning."

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A court has unleashed a same-sex marriage flood in Latin America

Last January, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a marriage-equality ruling that effectively brought marriage equality to 20 Latin American countries in a single swoop. The catch was that the countries have to change their laws themselves. Now that process is well underway, with a lot of bright spots and the occasional expected backlash.

14 Mar 2018 15:05:37 CDT

'The world is changing': Iraqi LGBT group takes campaign to streets

Few would argue that Iraq is a haven for LGBT rights, even though homosexuality is not officially criminalized - unlike many other countries in the Middle East - and open discussion around sexual difference is both rare and discouraged. However, a group of activists in the northern city of Sulaymaniyah have set out to challenge the idea that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans issues should not be discussed or are not relevant to their communities.

14 Mar 2018 15:05:37 CDT

Being gay in Kosovo, Europe's youngest nation

On 17 February, Kosovo celebrated its tenth birthday. Europe's youngest nation was forged into being following the 1999 war of independence against the security forces of the Serbian government, which for years had ruthlessly oppressed the ethnic Albanian population of its south-western province. Yet, nearly two decades after the formal cessation of hostilities, victims of oppression remain in Kosovo. Among them is the country's LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex) community.

14 Mar 2018 15:05:37 CDT