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IGLTA Honors: Rainbow Railroad

Rainbow Railroad will receive IGLTA's Pathfinder Award on 11 May at Voyage, the signature fundraising event for the IGLTA Foundation held during IGLTA's Annual Global Convention. Rainbow Railroad is a largely volunteer-based charitable organization that assists LGBTQ people seeking safe haven from state-enabled violence, persecution and the threat of death where homosexuality is criminalized. Tickets for Voyage, at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York, are available now. The IGLTA Honors are presented with support from Visit Philadelphia.

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Welcome to IGLTA's new Ambassador in Spain

As many of you know, we lost our beloved IGLTA ambassador for Spain last year with the sudden passing of David Martin. He was a significant presence for LGBTQ visibility in Spain and his loss was incredibly sad for our global team. We are now pleased to share that Rainbow Gay Tours founder/CEO Eloi Morte steps in this month as IGLTA's ambassador in Spain, a volunteer role that assists with membership support and development throughout the country. In addition to operating Rainbow Gay Tours, which provides experiences throughout Europe, Morte also runs BCNDreamsTours, offering Barcelona experiences for families, and Snow Gay Weekend, Spain's largest gay ski weekend. To contact Eloi, please email

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IGLTA Job Opening: Fulfillment Coordinator

We seek a highly motivated, customer-focused individual with excellent communication and organizational skills to join our team as a second Fulfillment Coordinator for our Global Partners and Convention Sponsors. This position is based in our Fort Lauderdale Headquarters, reports to the Vice President – Global Partnerships, and has the possibility for domestic and international travel, including attending mainstream and LGBTQ conferences. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter to

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Small business spotlight

Please join us in supporting the many small business members of IGLTA, such as, an online platform that will show you all you need to know to have a truly amazing time in gay Vienna.

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The world's largest LGBTQ travel organization speaks out against Egypt's anti-gay crackdown

With its ancient historical sites, African cuisine and Red Sea resorts, Egypt remains a popular tourist destination, but tourism has taken a hit since the 2011 Arab Spring revolutions, followed by a more recent massive anti-LGBT crackdown that began when several young people waved a rainbow flag at a Cairo concert in September 2017.

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The LGBT side of Carnival in Brazil

Street Carnival in Brazil is visibly LGBT friendly, and celebrations happen throughout the entire month of February — before, during and after the actual Carnival that will be celebrated from 9-14 February. Rio de Janeiro has the most famous and organized street Carnival in Brazil with more than 460 groups. Considered the largest Carnival by the Guinness World Records, Rio de Janeiro has no LGBT-specific street Carnival groups, but the most famous ones are known for being inclusive and friendly, which makes some of them the best gay choices for fun and flirting.

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Bermuda same-sex marriage ban means trouble for tourism and cruise ships

Ryan Bennington and his husband have changed their anniversary plans. Bennington has been to Bermuda more than 30 times and even celebrated his 30th birthday there. He always found the people warm and welcoming. That was before Bermuda Governor John Rankin signed into law the Domestic Partnership Act, which bans same-sex marriage throughout the territory.

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Same-sex marriage 'could give big cash boost to tourism'

Jersey's "visitor economy" could receive a "big cash boost" from the decision to legalize same-sex marriage, according to the Island's tourism chief. Both local and UK-based experts have said that recent changes to Jersey's marriage laws could have a marked effect on the Island's tourism industry. And they also predict that new regulations allowing open-air and humanist weddings could have an impact as well.

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Education Department no longer investigating transgender bathroom complaints

The Education Department confirmed Monday it is no longer investigating civil rights complaints from transgender students barred from school bathrooms that match their gender identity, a development those students say leaves them vulnerable to bullying and violence. The Obama administration in 2016 directed public schools to allow students to use bathrooms that align with their gender identity, even if that conflicted with the gender on their birth certificates.

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Criminal code revamp plan sends chill through Indonesia's LGBT community

Zulfikar Fahd, an openly gay man, says he flew from Indonesia to Canada late last month and claimed asylum on grounds that he faced discrimination and persecution in his home country, which is poised to criminalize same-sex relations and consensual sex outside marriage.

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Malaysian newspaper publishes 'how to spot a gay' checklist

A leading Malaysian newspaper has published a list of pointers for identifying potential gay and lesbian people, drawing anger from activists who said lives were being put at risk. The article in Sinar Harian featured bullet points of supposedly distinctive qualities that revealed LGBT people. They stated that gay men were easy to identify because of their love of beards, going to the gym – not for exercise but to check out other men – and branded clothing. Their eyes light up when they see handsome men, the article said.

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Trulia adds an LGBTQ section with local non-discrimination laws to its home listings

Homebuying ain't easy. And if you're a member of the LGBTQ community relocating from an area you know well, you've got a whole other set of concerns to worry about. Apparently, with the launch of a new tool geared toward homebuyers who might face discrimination on the basis of their gender or sexual orientation, real estate listing company Trulia is taking those concerns seriously.

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