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Join us for the WTM LGBTQ Party

IGLTA is a proud sponsor of this year's World Travel Market LGBTQ Party, presented by IGLTA members OutThere magazine and TravelBeat. The party on 7 November closes the second day of WTM London and is an exciting networking opportunity for LGBTQ and LGBTQ-welcoming brands, media, buyers, suppliers and other stakeholders; and a chance for delegates to let their hair down after the show. The open bar event is also sponsored by the IGTO, LGBTQ travel show PROUD EXPERIENCES and VisitBrussels and all attendees have an opportunity to win a weekend for two in Tel Aviv with flights from London. Tickets are £25 before 5 November and £75 after, so RSVP today! All proceeds are donated to the IGLTA Foundation. There are a limited number of complimentary tickets for members of the media (editorial only) and buyers. Please apply for these tickets at theboys@outtheremagazine.com.

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Meet with IGLTA around the world

We're always enthusiastic about 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 and ambassadors in the weeks ahead: ITB Asia in Singapore (25-27 October); World Travel Market, London (6-8 November); International Travel Crisis Management Summit in London (9 November); host city visit for 2018 Annual Global Convention, Toronto (15-17 November). To schedule an appointment, email iglta@iglta.org.

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Discounted attendance for ITCMS

IGLTA members receive discounted admission to the second International Crisis Management Summit on 9 November in London, just after World Travel Market. ITCMS is the go-to-community for best practices in travel crisis management and communication, so that we as an industry can respond in the best and most responsible way to any situation. Confirmed speakers include: Gerald Lawless – World Travel & Tourism Council & Dubai Holding; Jennifer Tombaugh – Tauck Tours; and Mmatsatsi Ramawela – Tourism Business Council of South Africa. To see the full line up and to book your discounted tickets visit the website and apply the following code at checkout for £100 off: R4A3N35XDPIP6TZ.

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Small business spotlight

Please join us in supporting the small business members of IGLTA, such as (HIPS) Happy In Paradise Services International (DMC), the only destination management company in The Bahamas that caters to the LGBTQ communities of the world; and Huckleberry Travel, an agency that will help you find the perfect trip at the right price whether you're traveling alone or in a group, or whether you're planning the trip-of-a-lifetime or a short weekend getaway.

18 Oct 2017 09:37:28 CDT

IGLTA positions Japan as new destination LGBTQ

This morning the International LGBT Tourism Association (IGLTA) held a meeting at Japan House in Sao Paulo to talk about the attractions of Japan, which has been defined as a new destination for the gay public. At the event, sponsored by Air Canada and TGK Travel, IGLTA President and CEO John Tanzella thanked the partners and reinforced the need for investments in this niche, alerting them to the rotation. "Brazil is a very interesting market, just like Japan, but the preferences of this public constantly change," says the executive.

18 Oct 2017 09:37:28 CDT

PayPal to fund 'yes' campaign for marriage equality in Australia, launches donation-matching scheme

Another international technology giant has thrown its support behind Australia's marriage equality campaign, with leading online finance firm PayPal pledging to match up to $50,000 in donations to the "yes" campaign. PayPal's pledge will follow a slew of supportive messages from big technology names, including Google, Uber, Twitter, HP, and from Apple, which issued a statement in support of changing Australian marriage laws the day before its iPhone X launch last month.

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Cruise ship company offers 'legal' same-sex marriage ceremonies in international waters

Not living in a country where same-sex marriage is legal? Even though your own government isn't recognizing your civil right to marry whoever the heck you like, the sea will. Cruise ship company Celebrity Cruises has announced the commencement of legal same-sex marriages onboard their ships, officiated by the captain in international waters.

18 Oct 2017 09:37:28 CDT

Greece passes gender recognition law

Greek lawmakers this week passed a controversial gender recognition law. Of the 300 members of Greece's parliament, 171 cast votes in favor of the law, which was passed 10 October. The law will allow transgender individuals as young as 17 to legally change their gender on government-issued documentation without undergoing mental or physical medical procedures.

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Gov. Brown signs milestone gender-recognition bill for nonbinary people

California will create a third gender option on driver's licenses and birth certificates for people who do not identify as male or female under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed 15 October. SB179 by state Sens. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, creates the new gender marker for nonbinary people and provides other reforms sought by LGBTQ groups. The law will go into effect beginning in 2019.

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2 gay teens arrested for dancing together in Burundi

Two teenagers have been arrested for dancing together in Burundi as authorities start an "official hunt" for gay people in the country. Victims are being held in prisons and are being asked to pay extortionate bribes for their freedom, which many cannot afford. Police in Burundi announced that they are on the "hunt" for LGBT+ people, confirming that several had already been arrested.

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Berlin gay couple become 1st to adopt child in Germany

Two men in Berlin have become the first same-sex couple in Germany to jointly adopt a child — a boy who has been living with them since shortly after birth. The Lesbian and Gay Association Berlin-Brandenburg said recently the couple have been officially informed by authorities that the adoption has been approved.

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Paekākāriki about to get its queer on with 'world's shortest' gay pride parade

There's more to provincial life than Santa parades and A&P shows. Smalltown New Zealand can now add another event to its list of annual staples with Paekākāriki - a village of 1600 people on the Kapiti Coast - set to host its own queer pride festival. The Paekākāriki Pride Festival on Labour Weekend will include an attempt at the world record for shortest pride parade - a 10-metre skip across the pedestrian crossing on the town's main drag.

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Pride comes out into the open in tiny, Muslim-majority Kosovo

A few hundred people held the first ever pride parade in the Kosovo capital, Pristina, on Tuesday, to promote the rights of the gay community. The parade, called "In the name of love," was organized by nine non-governmental organizations to raise awareness and end prejudice in Kosovo society. With banners and rainbow flags in hand and music playing, participants shouted "There is no gender in love" as they walked peacefully between two main squares in Pristina.

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Indonesia may ban 'destructive' LGBT-related TV content

Days after a long-running Indonesian television comedy aired last month, its producers got a letter from the broadcast commission warning that a male character in the show was "dressed and behaving like a woman" and could violate broadcasting standards. "We evaluated the show...we immediately reminded our staff to be careful because we are minimising LGBT content on our network," said Anita Wulandari Prasojo, head of marketing and public relations at Trans7, the private television station that aired the show "Opera van Java" last month.

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