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Network with IGLTA at WTM

Our annual LGBT networking event at World Travel Market will benefit our philanthropic IGLTA Foundation this year. Hosted in partnership with Broadway Inbound at the Virgin Atlantic & Delta NY-LON Lounge & Bar at The 02, in Greenwich, London from 6:45-9pm on 8 November, the fund-raising event will include complimentary travel on the Emirates Air Line to The 02 and return travel (to Central London) courtesy of MBNA Thames Clippers; a welcome glass of bubbles upon arrival; canapés; and complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks until the hosted bar runs out. Entertainment provided by Kinky Boots, the musical. RSVP now and drop by the ETOA stand, GV300, to visit IGLTA during the daily trade show hours of WTM.

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT

Global Partner Spotlight: Las Vegas CVA

In this month's edition, we highlight the iconic U.S. city of Las Vegas. Since 2004, when the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority launched its LGBT marketing initiatives, Las Vegas has become the go-to host city for many national and international LGBT conferences and events. It also ranks No. 14 on the 2012-2014 Gallup® Highest Percentage LGBT, Top 50 US Metro chart, which lists U.S. cities by LGBT population size. The destination just celebrated its 33rd annual Las Vegas PRIDE celebration and Night Parade and recently hosted the 30th anniversary of the World Gay Rodeo Finals. Las Vegas is home to the MGM Resorts Foundation Women's Leadership Conference, which attracted more than 1,000 attendees to its 10th annual event this year. IGLTA held its 25th anniversary Annual Global Convention in Las Vegas in 2008. In December, the city will host the 17th annual CMI Conference on LGBT Tourism and Hospitality. As one of the LVCVA's clever marketing campaigns says, "Everyone's welcome. Even straight people."

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT

Plan now for #IGLTA2017

Join us for the premier educational and networking event in the LGBT tourism industry, the IGLTA Annual Global Convention. Our 34th edition is set for St. Petersburg, Florida 4-6 May 2017 with U.S. Travel Association President/CEO Roger Dow delivering a welcome address to the attendees. Applications are available now for convention scholarships, the Buyer/Supplier Marketplace and speakers.

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT

Congratulations to our Hawaii contest winner!

Vanessa Mitcham of Langley, Canada, was the winner of our recent Honolulu package giveaway with Alaska Airlines and Marriott International. If you'd like to donate a travel prize for an upcoming IGLTA giveaway, please contact

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT

Indonesia's president finally speaks out against worsening anti-LGBT discrimination

Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has made his first public comments against the escalating discrimination experienced by the country's LGBT population. "The police must act [to protect them]," Jokowi told the BBC. "There should be no discrimination against anyone," he declared. The statements come after months of increasing anti-LGBT rhetoric from politicians and officials and several anti-LGBT directives by government institutions.

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT

Australian same-sex marriage standoff

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is hoping to minimize any fallout over his government's handling of the country's same-sex marriage debate. That debate has stalled in parliament where the country's major parties are locked in a political stalemate over how to handle the issue. Before Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott lost his party's leadership last year, he announced the country would hold a plebiscite on whether to legalise same sex marriage.

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT

California restaurants launch nation's 1st transgender jobs program

The unemployment rate for transgender people is double that of the general population. Now, California has set up the nation's first ever large-scale program to help transgender people find jobs. And it's all because of Michaela Mendelsohn, a trans woman who's employed trans people at her restaurants for years.

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT

Taking Pride: The LGBT community's biggest weekend expands to create a destination event

If there's one local LGBT tradition as enduring as Pride, it's complaining about Pride — how it's not big enough, not good enough, not cool enough (literally and figuratively). Speedbumps like inertia, stigmatization, limited funding and community infighting have hindered the 23-year-old event, though breakthrough years have helped Pride gradually build its attendance from 200 people for its first edition to tens of thousands last year.

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT

Singapore government regulates foreign sponsorship of LGBT event, Google stands by involvement

The Singapore government has announced an additional layer of red tape in order for foreign businesses to be corporate sponsors of events held at Speakers Corner in Hong Lim Park. The new rules mean any foreign business must now apply for a license to be able to sponsor, publicly promote or organize members or employees to participate. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the new rules are in place to reinforce that the area is intended as a place for Singaporeans.

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT

Thousands of gay men in UK to be pardoned for now-abolished sex offenses

Tens of thousands of gay and bisexual men who were convicted of now-abolished sexual offenses in Britain will be posthumously pardoned, the government announced recently. The government proposal will also make it easier for living Britons, convicted years ago of since-decriminalized sexual behavior, to clear their names.

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT

Take a tour of the nation's historic LGBT landmarks

A vacation house where Truman Capote wrote Breakfast at Tiffany's. A bar where the act of ordering drinks was a stand for gay rights. The apartment where Bayard Rustin lived while working to advance almost every social justice movement in the nation and world. These are among the LGBT historic sites that have been recognized by the National Park Service over the past few years. And to mark its 100th anniversary, the National Park Service is highlighting LGBT history, along with the history of other long-marginalized groups.

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT

More Germans identify as LGBT than in rest of Europe

The survey by Berlin startup Dalia published this week found that 5.9 percent of Europeans identify as LGBT when offered a choice between heterosexual or LGBT. The proportion was highest in Germany, where 7.4 percent of respondents identified as LGBT, and lowest in Hungary, at 1.5 percent. But when the survey asked people to select their orientation somewhere along a scale, the proportion across Europe who identified as something other than heterosexual was almost twice as high, at 10 percent.

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT

Is Mexico ready for gay marriage?

In September, some 100 cities in all 32 Mexican states hosted a so-called "March for the Family" — protests against a proposal to legalize gay marriage. Estimates vary, but according to the National Front for Family, the coalition of civil society organizations and religious groups that organized the march, more than a million people participated; other sources place the number in the hundreds of thousands.

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT

Push for same-sex marriages started by DPP and NPP

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday pledged to renew a push to amend the Civil Code to legalize same-sex marriage, while the New Power Party (NPP) unveiled similar draft legislation. "While many local governments accept household registrations from same-sex couples, it is just an executive measure that does not give them full legal rights," DPP Legislator Yu Mei-nu told a news conference at the legislature in Taipei.

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT

Romanian leader urges tolerance for same-sex couples

Romania's president called for "tolerance and acceptance" of minorities as the nation's highest court considers whether to legally recognize a same-sex marriage between a U.S. citizen and a Romanian man. Klaus Iohannis, an ethnic German and a Lutheran, noted that he belonged to two minorities. "Tolerance and acceptance of others are vital. These are the values I believe in," he said.

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT

Where LGBT parents 'come out' about their journey of acceptance

Human resources professional Aruna Desai suspected that her journalist son Abhishek was gay a year before he revealed the truth to her. On the day of his "coming out," he took nearly three hours to open up. Recalling the moment, she said, "After I made him speak up about being gay, his first question was, 'Ma are you ashamed of me?' I gave him a hug and asked him why he didn’t tell me this earlier."

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT

Christian bakers lose pro-gay marriage cake discrimination ruling challenge

Christian bakers found to have breached equality laws by refusing to make a pro-gay marriage cake have lost their appeal case. Court of Appeal judges in Belfast upheld an original judgment which ruled that Ashers Bakery had discriminated against a gay activist for declining his order for a cake bearing the slogan "Support Gay Marriage."

25 Oct 2016 17:05:11 CDT