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Share your best business practices at #IGLTA2019

The speaker application for IGLTA's 36th Annual Global Convention is now available on the convention website. As we prepare to UNITE our industry in New York City, 24-27 April, 2019, we want to hear from all of you who have innovative and creative LGBTQ travel business strategies to share with our global participants. Your mission is to present content that is not only engaging but also speaks to a diverse audience that includes travel businesses of all types and sizes from around the world. Submission deadline is 4 December 2018. (Pictured, Dinesh Perera of Sri Lanka's Foozoo Travel on stage in 2018 speaking about "The Intersection of Human Rights & Tourism." Photo credit: Rachel Stevenson/OUTCOAST Photography)

09 Oct 2018 16:27:13 CDT

IGLTA welcomes VisitDallas as Global Partner

We're proud to announce our Silver Level global partnership with VisitDallas, the official tourism marketing organization for the city of Dallas, Texas. As a Global Partner, VisitDallas strengthens its commitment to LGBTQ-welcoming travel and will provide year-round support for IGLTA. "We're honored to partner with IGLTA and to show people that Dallas is an inspiring, diverse destination," said Phillip J. Jones, VisitDallas President/CEO. "We want visitors to know that we are a place that supports, celebrates and welcomes all who visit, live, learn, work and play here. Dallas is a destination that embraces and promotes diversity, inclusion and equality and understands it’s our differences that make us stronger."

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Small business spotlight

Join us in supporting our small business members such as Baoase Luxury Resort, located on the south side of the island of Curaçao, with 23 extravagant rooms, suites and villas, all of which embrace a truly unique design for luxury seekers; and Baxter Media, providing travel agents, tour operators, hoteliers, airline and car rental executives and others in the Canadian travel industry with the essential news, product and services information that they need to know. READ MORE

09 Oct 2018 16:27:13 CDT

Romania's anti-gay marriage vote voided over low turnout

Low turnout has voided a referendum in Romania on restricting the definition of marriage to exclude same-sex unions, election officials have said. Just 20 percent of registered voters had cast their ballot by the time polls closed at 6 p.m. GMT on the second day of the referendum – well below the 30 percent threshold needed for the result to be valid. Final results are expected Monday.

09 Oct 2018 16:27:13 CDT

Tokyo adopts ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT community

In a bid to curtail hate speech ahead of the 2020 Games, Tokyo on Friday adopted an anti-discrimination ordinance aimed at protecting the LGBT community. The rule is the first ordinance at the prefectural level to contain a stipulation prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people and other sexual and gender minorities.

09 Oct 2018 16:27:13 CDT

What to expect and how to prepare for EuroPride 2019 in Vienna

EuroPride will be heading to Vienna once again in June, 2019. It's the second time the city will play host to the annual celebrations, after first having the honour in 2001. In preparation for the festivities, we've put together a handy guide to give you a better idea of the excitement to come from EuroPride 2019.

09 Oct 2018 16:27:13 CDT

Switzerland votes to make homophobia and transphobia illegal

It would be punishable by up to three years in prison. In a monumental new ruling, Switzerland has voted to criminalize discrimination against LGBTQ people. This means that if someone is found guilty of either homophobia or transphobia, they could face a jail sentence of three years in prison. Swiss councilors on the National Council voted 118 against 60 in favor of the change to their penal code, making it illegal to discriminate based on a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation.

09 Oct 2018 16:27:13 CDT

LGBT North Carolinians can challenge ban on cities' pro-transgender bathroom laws

Civil rights groups on Monday celebrated developments in a lawsuit that challenges North Carolina's ban on local nondiscrimination ordinances and questions the state’s stance on transgender people’s bathroom use. A federal judge partially dismissed an attempt by six LGBT North Carolinians and their attorneys to overturn the law that replaced HB2 — but allowed them to keep challenging the part of that law that bans cities and counties from passing transgender-friendly bathroom rules and other anti-discrimination measures.

09 Oct 2018 16:27:13 CDT

Israel's LGBTQ community fights back after Netanyahu reneges on a promise

Shimri Segal said it hit him during a family dinner — he didn't have children of his own. And it hurt. "It became very difficult to sit there and watch," Segal, a human rights lawyer, said. "To see a house full of children, and knowing that for me — I don't want to say it is impossible. It will be very difficult." As a same-sex couple in Israel, Segal and his partner, Avi Buskila, have precious few options.

09 Oct 2018 16:27:13 CDT

Singapore elite backs push to overturn anti-gay laws

Senior members of Singapore's business, political and legal elite have backed fresh attempts to overturn the colonial-era section of the country's penal code that criminalizes gay sex. Leading the push are former ambassador to the U.S. Tommy Koh, former attorney general Walter Woon, Banyan Tree Holdings Ltd. founder and executive chairman Ho Kwon Ping, National University of Singapore board chairman Hsieh Fu Hua, and Shangri-La Hotel Ltd executive chairman Kay Kuok.

09 Oct 2018 16:27:13 CDT

Tupelo, Mississippi, hosts inaugural Pride festival in Fairpark

The first-ever Pride Festival In the city was held Saturday at Fairpark to coincide with Pride History Month, with about 300 attendees, according to festival organizer Melanie Deas. Deas said the process of applying for the permits in July, organizing the details and finally hosting the event went surprisingly smooth. "Tupelo has traditionally been an extraordinarily progressive city considering it is not a university town," Deas said.

09 Oct 2018 16:27:13 CDT

Egypt: Tourists could be jailed for 12 years if caught with this item when visiting

Egypt holidaymakers should be aware of the rules of the country before travelling. As a predominately Islamic country, many actions or beliefs that are okay in the U.K. may not be allowed in Egypt. This means that wearing revealing clothes is frowned upon, as well as being negative about the government. There is one item that tourists are warned not to take or show off or risk long jail sentences.

09 Oct 2018 16:27:13 CDT

Thousands take part in Pride parades in Inverness and Stornoway

Thousands of people have taken part in the biggest LGBT+ event to be held in Inverness in 16 years, according to its organisers. Highland LGBT Forum said 3,000 people took part in the Proud Ness parade from Falcon Square to Eden Court Theatre. A similar event was also held in Stornoway, Lewis, — the first of its kind to be held in the Hebrides.

09 Oct 2018 16:27:13 CDT