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Convention speaker call now open

Each year, IGLTA strives to diversify its roster of Annual Global Convention speakers and session topics. If you have a timely and creative proposal that speaks to a global audience, we want to hear from you. A limited number of speaking opportunities are available for the 2017 convention in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the application is now available for download at The deadline to apply is 18 November. If you have questions, please email

19 Oct 2016 12:55:28 CDT

PATA/IGLTA report on LGBT travel available

As part of our ongoing organizational partnership with the Pacific Asia Travel Association, IGLTA contributed a report on LGBT travel to their series of Connected Visitor Economy bulletins. The report is now available for complimentary download via the PATA online store and is designed to provide education for destinations with limited information on the LGBT market and to encourage greater engagement in the LGBT market from tourism businesses in the Asia Pacific region.

19 Oct 2016 12:55:28 CDT

Connect with IGLTA

The IGLTA staff attends many events throughout the year. If you'd like to set up appointments with us while you're on the road for your business, we're scheduled to participate in the NACTA Annual Conference (3-5 November) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; World Travel Market in the ETOA stand GV300 (7-9 November) and ITCMS (10 November) in London; CGLCC (9 November) in Toronto; and the CMI Conference on LGBT Tourism & Hospitality (11-13 December) in Las Vegas. Email us at to arrange a meeting time.

19 Oct 2016 12:55:28 CDT

Small business spotlight

Please join us in supporting the small business members of IGLTA, such as Blue Horizon Hotel, one of Vancouver's favorite landmarks, located on Robson Street, Vancouver's eating, shopping and entertainment hub; and Artisans of Leisure, a luxury travel company that arranges private, highly customized tours in more than 60 countries for travelers who expect the highest level of luxury, service and attention to detail.

19 Oct 2016 12:55:28 CDT

LGBT travel: Making places more welcoming by going there

Philip Sheldon remembers the backlash. His travel company was selling a Nile in Style Egypt tour in 2001, soon after the Queen Nile Boat incident, in which 52 gay Egyptian men were arrested and tortured by the government. "We got a scathing email — 'How can you possibly run a tour to a place that victimizes its gay men?'" he said. But Sheldon, president of Hanns Ebensten Travel, the world's first gay travel company, doesn't believe in boycotts.

19 Oct 2016 12:55:28 CDT

Anti-gay marriage protesters return to France's streets

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Paris to demonstrate against gay marriage, calling for candidates in France's presidential election to support "traditional family values." The march was briefly interrupted by six topless feminist protesters from the Femen group who were quickly surrounded by demonstrators before police intervened.

19 Oct 2016 12:55:28 CDT

Park service releases LGBT history study

The National Park Service has released a sweeping history of America's LGBT community, which preservationists hope will assist in the protection of various LGBTQ historic sites across the country. The more than 1,200-page document is titled "LGBT America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer History." It was officially unveiled Tuesday, 11 October on National Coming Out Day during the second week of LGBT History Month.

19 Oct 2016 12:55:28 CDT

Indonesia just banned LGBT people from a youth creativity competition

The Indonesian Youth and Sports Ministry is inviting creative young people from across the country to take part in the Creative Youth Ambassador competition this year — but those who are members of the LGBT community need not apply. In the original call for entries that was circulated online, candidates were required to be "physically and mentally healthy, not involved in promiscuity and deviant sexual behavior, including LGBT."

19 Oct 2016 12:55:28 CDT

Germany sets up safe shelters for gay migrants

A tall, muscular man walked across the lobby wearing large earrings, generously applied make-up and a light blue dress. "Hello, it's nice to meet you," said Abdel, a transvestite from Iraq. Welcome to Germany's first shelter for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transvestite and intersex migrants. It is hidden away on a quiet, leafy road in Berlin, where dozens of migrants are kept under round-the-clock security to protect them from fellow migrants hostile to homosexuality.

19 Oct 2016 12:55:28 CDT

1st gay cruise for UK market explores beautiful blue Danube

In a move aimed at broadening the company's reach, the LGBT Danube Explorer cruise was announced on UK radio station Gaydio. The gay radio station's breakfast show hosts Chris Holliday and Emma Goswell will be joining the cruise to broadcast live for three days during the trip. "We are extremely proud and excited to announce this new cruise, which is not only a first for the brand but also in the U.K.," said David Winterton, Emerald Waterways UK Brand Manager.

19 Oct 2016 12:55:28 CDT

Judge won't make official contracts with LGBT language

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards' attempt to force the state attorney general to sign off on legal contracts that include anti-discrimination language to protect LGBT people was thrown out by a state judge. Judge Donald Johnson dismissed the case, saying the law doesn't spell out clearly what the attorney general's authority is in reviewing the contracts and whether Attorney General Jeff Landry's role is only "ministerial" in nature, as the governor's office suggested.

19 Oct 2016 12:55:28 CDT