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UK Networking Event

If you're in London on 28 July, please join our UK Ambassador Jonathan Mountford and Communications Director LoAnn Halden for an IGLTA member networking event at The Light Lounge in London from 6-8:30 p.m. One lucky attendee will win a complimentary registration to IGLTA's 34th Annual Global Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida, 3-6 May 2017. RSVP here.

19 Jul 2016 16:43:16 CDT

Small business spotlight

Please support the small business members of IGLTA, such as boutique hotel The Sweet Retreat on Bequia in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, just steps away from the warm, clear water of the Caribbean Sea; and Cuba Select Travel, based in Havana, which provides personal service for all travel and tour arrangements in Cuba from hotels and luxury villas to transportation and excursions. It was through the foresight of LGBT small businesses that IGLTA was established in 1983.

19 Jul 2016 16:43:16 CDT

1 month after Pulse, fear not deterring LGBT community

Beyoncé. Sangria. And a conversation about the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. For a group of friends in Washington, D.C.'s gay community, two of these things are welcome additions to a Saturday night get-together before going out. The other: A stark reminder of the persecution that LGBT people regularly face, even before the June 12 Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, a shooting that left 49 victims dead and 53 injured.

19 Jul 2016 16:43:16 CDT

A surprising move on LGBT rights from a 'macho' South American president

Bolivia has a new gender identity law that might put it in Latin America's vanguard on LGBT rights — but the story behind the measure reveals how far the Andean nation still has to go before ending homophobia. That's according to Carlos Parra, aka Paris Galán, the country's best known drag queen and a prominent gay rights campaigner. Signed into law in May, the measure allows people to change their gender on official identity documents.

19 Jul 2016 16:43:16 CDT

Anglicans to allow same-sex marriage after vote recount

Questions about the integrity of the voting process in which Anglicans narrowly rejected a resolution to allow same-sex marriage emerged 12 June, and led to a stunning reversal of the result. Some members stood up to say their votes had not been recorded during voting late 11 June, when passage of the resolution failed by a single vote.

19 Jul 2016 16:43:16 CDT

Malta's court approves 1st adoption by same-sex couple

Recently, One News reported that a family court had given the go ahead for two gay men to adopt for the first time in the country's history. The Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat tweeted: "First official #adoption by same-sex couple in #Malta is a landmark for #equality in our country." The Maltese Civil Unions law allows same-sex couples civil partnerships, as well as the same rights as heterosexual couples; including marriage and the right to adopt.

19 Jul 2016 16:43:16 CDT

California is 1st US state to teach LGBT history in schools

California is to become the first state in the U.S. to teach LGBT history in schools. The decision by the California State Board of Education follows a consultation period, during which several changes, as well as the inclusion of LGBT history, were decided upon. The changes were praised by Equality California, which campaigns for equal rights for LGBT people.

19 Jul 2016 16:43:16 CDT

Ahead of Jerusalem pride parade, Rivlin urges end to anti-LGBT incitement

President Reuven Rivlin called for an end to incitement against the gay community in Israel, days before Jerusalem's annual pride parade that last year saw a deadly attack on its marchers. The president also met with the family of Shira Banki, the 16-year-old girl stabbed to death by an ultra-Orthodox man in last year’s march, as well as leaders of the capital's gay and lesbian community.

19 Jul 2016 16:43:16 CDT

12 LGBT-friendly hotel brands in the US

What does it take for a megalithic hospitality brand to be deemed one of the most LGBT friendly in the country? These brands are vocalizing support during Pride Month, Spirit Day, and LGBT milestones (such as the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality). They're spotted advertising in LGBT outlets and sponsoring nonprofit events. They have community-specific packages and specials and prioritize creating a diverse and inclusive environment for guests and employees.

19 Jul 2016 16:43:16 CDT

Indonesia's anti-LGBT panic

Compared with its Asian near neighbors, Indonesia has long been tolerant of same-sex sexuality and transgenderism. Unlike Singapore and Malaysia, Indonesia never criminalized homosexuality and has been accommodating of transgender people. But such ostensible acceptance should not obscure the everyday prejudice and harassment that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face in Indonesia. While there have always been concomitant tolerance and intolerance, events of early 2016 exhibited an unprecedented level of public animosity toward Indonesia's LGBT community.

19 Jul 2016 16:43:16 CDT