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IGLTA call for convention speakers now open

If you have a compelling presentation idea that speaks to the global LGBTQ tourism market, we want to hear from you! The IGLTA Annual Global Convention speaker call is now open for our 9-12 May 2018 event in Toronto. Click here for complete guidelines for breakout session submissions and, for IGLTA members only, Travel Talks.

15 Aug 2017 18:38:02 CDT

IGLTAF welcomes new board members

Please join us in welcoming the industry leaders appointed to the IGLTA Foundation board in 2017. Eddie Canaday serves as Director of Convention Sales-Washington DC Area for Visit Salt Lake and is responsible for selling the destination to markets in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Carmen G. Strong is Senior Sales Manager for Disney Destinations and the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. She is responsible for developing the Diversity, West Coast, and Canadian Corporate and Association markets in the meetings, conventions and incentive industry.

15 Aug 2017 18:38:02 CDT

Small business spotlight

Please join us in supporting the small business members of IGLTA, such as Ecocircuitos Panama, an LGBT-owned tour operator that specializes in personal travel planning throughout the Republic of Panama and Central America offering custom-made travel packages that include nature, beach combing, romantic getaways, sport activities, cultural and, educational programs with a great team of naturalist guides; and LGBT-owned Flamingo Resort, Florida's largest LGBT resort with 6 themed bars, a high-energy dance club, and a mouth-watering grill.

15 Aug 2017 18:38:02 CDT

Meet with IGLTA around the world

We're always interested in meeting with our members, partners and those of you who want to learn more about LGBTQ tourism and our association. Here are some of the places where you can connect with the IGLTA staff/board in the months ahead: ITB Berlin Academy Japan 2017 LGBT Symposium in Tokyo (23 August) and Kyoto (24 August); a CEO visit to Milan, Italy (4-6 September); and NLGJA in Philadelphia (7-9 September);. To schedule an appointment, email

15 Aug 2017 18:38:02 CDT

LGBT tourism: 10th edition of GNETWORK 360

The Ministry of Tourism of Argentina, through the National Institute of Tourism Promotion (INPROTUR), participated in the presentation of the 10th edition of the International Conference on LGBT Business and Tourism (GNETWORK 360) held today in the Argentine Chamber of Tourism (CAT). Organized by the Argentine Gay Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CCGLAR), GNETWORK 360 is the most important business and tourism destination for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in Latin America, which since 2008, has been held in the autonomous city Of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

15 Aug 2017 18:38:02 CDT

The tourism industry comes out against the bathroom bill

The parade of Texas businesses lining up against the so-called bathroom bill seems to grow daily. From the chambers of commerce to the tech industry to the state's oil and gas corporations, businesses say the bill to limit transgender people's access to restrooms in public buildings is nothing less than discrimination that will harm the state's economy. After California barred state-paid travel to Texas over a new law to allow foster care agencies to discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of "sincerely held religious beliefs," there is little wonder that the travel industry would weigh in on the bathroom bill.

15 Aug 2017 18:38:02 CDT

Meet an LGBTQ tech and journalism pioneer

Ed Salvato is an LGBT travel expert and co-author of the recently released Handbook of LGBT Tourism & Hospitality Marketing: A Guide for Business Practice. He served on the Board of Directors of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) for six years and is co-founder and chief content officer of ManAboutWorld magazine, a smartphone- and tablet-based mobile and digital gay travel magazine.

15 Aug 2017 18:38:02 CDT

Australia's gay-marriage vote is divisive, even for gay-marriage backers

Polls show broad public support for same-sex marriage. Politicians say they're determined to let the people have their say. So why are so many Australians who want the law changed unhappy with plans for a national vote on it? The government this week called for an extraordinary mail-in vote on whether gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry, and now Australians will have 14 days to register for ballots.

15 Aug 2017 18:38:02 CDT

LGBT activists face off with police and far-right protesters in largest St. Petersburg Pride yet

LGBT activists in Russia held the biggest Pride celebration in St. Petersburg yet despite facing off with police and far-right protesters. An estimated 100 people turned out for the eighth annual LGBT Pride in St. Petersburg's Field of Mars recently. Riot police watched closely as the group, which is believed to be the biggest turnout since 2010, waved rainbow flags and signs.

15 Aug 2017 18:38:02 CDT

Advocacy groups sue Trump over proposed transgender military ban

Two advocacy groups sued President Trump in federal court recently over his declaration on Twitter last month that the Pentagon would a reinstate a ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military. So far, the armed services have not implemented a ban or moved to discharge anyone, saying that it is awaiting guidance from the White House through formal channels rather than on Twitter.

15 Aug 2017 18:38:02 CDT

Gay sauna fights HIV with test vending machine

An innovative vending machine for HIV tests being piloted in Britain aims to help in the fight to end the epidemic by encouraging more people to find out whether they have contracted the virus as a first step to seek treatment, a doctor said. Installed at a gay sauna in the southern seaside city of Brighton, the first-of-its-kind machine distributes free fingerprick self-testing kits that can be collected anonymously and used at home, providing results within minutes.

15 Aug 2017 18:38:02 CDT

Love is in the air on India's 1st LGBT radio show

Outspoken Indian gay rights activist Harish Iyer is used to fighting for equal rights but over the last month he has turned into a messenger of love. He is the host of "Gaydio," the first radio show dedicated to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in India, where homosexuality is a taboo and gay sex can be punished with up to 10 years in jail.

15 Aug 2017 18:38:02 CDT

More LGBT people have been murdered so far this year than in all of 2016

We've still got more than a third of the year left, but a new report revels that more LGBT Americans have been killed so far in 2017 than in all of 2016. According to National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, there have been 33 homicides so far linked to the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity. That works out to more than one a week.

15 Aug 2017 18:38:02 CDT