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2017 Annual Global Convention pricing is online

Registration pricing for IGLTA's 34th Annual Global Convention is online at iglta.org/convention for planning purposes. The conference, the premier educational and networking event for the LGBT tourism industry, will take place at the Renaissance Vinoy St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida 3-6 May 2017. A link to host hotel registration is already live and information on transportation discounts is also on the site, with more to come over the months ahead.

26 Jul 2016 14:47:50 CDT

Join IGLTA members at GNetwork360

GNetwork360 (2-5 August), now in its ninth year in Buenos Aires, is a key networking event for LGBT tourism in Latin America. The conference features more than 50 speakers from 16 countries. IGLTA will co-host the opening ceremony; board members Richard Gray and Shiho Ikeuchi and Clovis Casemiro, our Membership Coordinator - Brazil, will be in attendance. Registration for the conference is free.

26 Jul 2016 14:47:50 CDT

Global Partner Spotlight: United Airlines

IGLTA Gold Global Partner United Airlines recently announced several fleet innovations designed to improve the passenger experience, including the installation of wi-fi in 100 percent of mainline aircraft and the unveiling of the new United Polaris Business Class, which launches in December. United's diversity and inclusion strategy looks for "innovative and effective solutions to engage employees from diverse backgrounds and cultures" to take United's #PrideFriendly attitude and service around the globe. Approximately 900 employees are members of EQUAL, United's LGBT Business Resource Group, and about 700 airline employees and allies marched in LGBT Pride Parades in six major U.S. cities in 2016. United has earned a 100 percent rating on HRC's Corporate Equality Index and has been named a "Best Place to Work" for five consecutive years. Following the Orlando shooting, United organized a fundraiser benefitting the LGBT Center of Orlando and raised more than US$14,000 to support the victims and the community.

26 Jul 2016 14:47:50 CDT

IGLTA event to make New York debut in 2019

The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) will hold its 36th annual Global Convention in New York in 2019, the group announced last month in conjunction with NYC & Company, the city's marketing organization. It will be New York's first time serving as host of the educational and networking event, which was held this spring in Cape Town, South Africa.

26 Jul 2016 14:47:50 CDT

LGBT purchasing power near $1 trillion rivals other minorities

The combined buying power of U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults rose about 3.7 percent to $917 billion last year, rivaling the disposable income of other American minority groups, according to an annual analysis. The forecast, based on an estimate that as many as 7 percent of adults identify as LGBT, reflects the growing acceptance by society as more people are willing to self-identify, said Bob Witeck, who for the past decade has been conducting the annual study through his Washington-based communications firm.

26 Jul 2016 14:47:50 CDT

Rush job needed if gay marriage vote to run this year

The government will have to make the gay marriage plebiscite a first- order issue of the new parliament if it wants to hold it this year, with a narrow time frame to pass legislation to set up the people’s vote. Special Minister of State Scott Ryan is due to meet with Australian Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers early next week for a formal briefing before the opening of the 45th parliament on 30 August.

26 Jul 2016 14:47:50 CDT

NBA pulls all-star game from North Carolina over transgender bathroom law

The NBA will not hold the 2017 All-Star game in Charlotte, North Carolina, because state lawmakers show no signs of revising or repealing the state's transgender bathroom law, the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported recently. The league confirmed that report hours later, saying it hopes to hold the game in Charlotte in 2019. The NBA issued a statement that says, in part, "While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2."

26 Jul 2016 14:47:50 CDT

After the Orlando, Florida, shooting, the changed lives of gay Latinos

It is a grim kind of luck that the deadliest shooting in American history should have happened two blocks from a Level 1 trauma center. In the very early morning on Sunday, 12 June, Omar Mateen, a twenty-nine-year-old Afghan-American, killed forty-nine people during Latin Night at Pulse, a gay night club in downtown Orlando. Most of the victims died at the scene, and nine almost immediately after arriving at Orlando Regional Medical Center, where the majority of the fifty-three wounded were treated.

26 Jul 2016 14:47:50 CDT

Should LGBT travelers holiday in anti-LGBT destinations?

Speaking at TTG LGBT conference, Auston Matta, co-founder of Outfluential and co-author of gay travel blog Two Bad Tourists, said there were three key concerns for the LGBT travel market: Safety, comfort and acceptance. He said agents should address these issues, even if booking holidays to anti-LGBT destinations.

26 Jul 2016 14:47:50 CDT

Same-sex marriage to become legal from 22 July in Isle of Man

Same-sex couples will be able to marry in the Isle of Man, 24 years after gay sex was decriminalized on the island. A new law will also allow heterosexual couples to have civil partnerships instead of marriages if they prefer. The Isle of Man's marriage (same sex couples) bill 2016 was promoted by Allan Bell, the island's chief minister, who has been in a gay relationship for over 20 years.

26 Jul 2016 14:47:50 CDT

Why the LGBT market is key in the wake of Brexit

Tris Reid-Smith, editor-in-chief of Gay Star News, told delegates at the TTG LGBT conference that a reader survey suggested LGBT people voted overwhelmingly (76 percent) to remain in the EU in last month's referendum. The 48 percent of the population who voted Remain therefore includes the majority of the LGBT market, he pointed out.

26 Jul 2016 14:47:50 CDT

Jordan gets its 1st Arabic LGBT-focused online magazine

A Jordanian LGBT-focused online magazine published its first Arabic-language issue, slaughtering sacred cows and fending off the outcry from the kingdom's conservative population. The online magazine My.Kali, named after its founder Khalid Abdel-Hadi, went live eight years ago in English. By unprecedentedly publishing a joint Arabic-English issue a few weeks ago for May/June, the magazine's editors knew they were opening themselves to more criticism at home and the possibility of physical danger.

26 Jul 2016 14:47:50 CDT

Romania moves closer to ruling out same-sex marriage

Romania moved a step closer to ruling out the possibility of legalizing same-sex marriage when its top court paved the way for a referendum on defining marriage in the constitution as a union strictly between a man and a woman. The nine judges on the Constitutional Court ruled unanimously that a proposal signed by 3 million Romanians this year to change the constitution's definition of marriage was valid.

26 Jul 2016 14:47:50 CDT

The triumph of Jerusalem's Gay Pride Parade

Some 25,000 Israelis, including dozens of Knesset members, marched in Jerusalem's Gay Pride Parade on 21 July. They were taking part in much more than a heart-warming show of strength by the LGBTQ community. More than ever, it was a demonstration of enlightened liberalism. At the largest gay pride parade that Jerusalem has ever seen, it was a comforting final note after a very harsh week for the LGBTQ community.

26 Jul 2016 14:47:50 CDT