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IGLTA Convention to open at Ripley's Aquarium

There's nothing quite like an IGLTA Annual Global Convention evening networking event to bring TOGETHER the LGBTQ tourism industry and showcase a spectacular venue in our host city. Our 35th Anniversary conference opens with a splashy reception presented by Tourism Toronto and Ontario Tourism at Ripley's Aquarium of Canada on 10 May 2018. Get ready to travel, learn and connect and enjoy a backdrop of aquatic wonders! Register now.

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Small Business Spotlight

Please join us in supporting the small business members of IGLTA, such as xplor.earth, creator of vacations that combine elegance, attention to detail and worry-free journeys designed to be absorbed at your own pace; and Casa De Mita, a gay-owned and operated boutique hotel located on Playa Careyeros in the Mexican Riviera Nayarit where year-round sunshine and tropical breezes soothe the body, mind and spirit.

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It's not too late! Apply to present at #IGLTA2018

If you have a compelling presentation idea that speaks to the global LGBTQ tourism market, we want to hear from you soon. The application process to present a breakout session for IGLTA's Annual Global Convention (9-12 May, Toronto) is open until the end of the year. Click here for complete guidelines for submissions.

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Thousands gather for gay pride parade in Rio's Copacabana Beach

More than 800,000 flocked to Copacabana Beach on 19 November to celebrate the 22nd edition of the LGBT Pride Parade, despite the lack of financial support from the city, according to organizers. This is the first time in fifteen years the city has not financially helped the parade, making many protest against the current mayor, Marcelo Crivella.

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Turkey bans all LGBT events in capital to 'protect public security'

Turkey has banned all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups in its capital city, Ankara. The ban has been imposed to protect "public security," the Ankara governor's office said. The restrictions came into effect on Saturday and will last for an "indefinite" period, applying to all LGBTI film screenings, theatres, panels and exhibitions.

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Paris to open an LGBT archive center in 2020

The Paris city council plans to open an archive center in 2020 that will preserve documentation of the LGBT movement in France from the 1960s onwards. The idea was conceived by the former Socialist mayor Bertrand Delanoë 20 years ago but, due to disagreements with LGBT associations, a center failed to materialize.

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Ottawa to apologize for persecuting LGBT public servants

Martine Roy was just 20 years old and less than a year into her chosen career as a medical assistant with the Canadian Armed Forces at CFB Borden when military police suddenly showed up at her workplace to arrest her. They brought her to an interrogation room and demanded she admit she was a lesbian. They put her through psychological testing. Within a year she had been dishonourably discharged from the army.

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Despite sabotage efforts by Russia and Egypt, UN protects LGBT rights at 2018 Olympics

The U.N has voted to adopt the Olympic Truce Resolution with language prohibiting LGBT discrimination, despite efforts by Egypt and Russia to remove it. Before each Games, the General Assembly passes the Olympic Truce Resolution, pledging to maintain peace and the Olympic spirit before and during the games. The resolution includes Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter, committed to preventing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, among other criteria.

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California becomes 1st state to adopt LGBT-inclusive textbooks

When California second-graders learn about families, they learn they come in different shapes: Some are formed through adoption; some include only one parent; others, only grandparents. And from now on, textbooks will also teach them that some families have two moms or two dads. California is set to become the first state to use LGBT-inclusive textbooks in elementary schools. The State Board of Education approved 10 LGBT-inclusive history textbooks for kindergarten through eighth-grade classrooms last week.

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Uganda: Gays ask for separate police cells

Protesting discrimination and harassment by other suspects, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Uganda want police to lock them up in separate police cells if and when they get arrested. A rights group says that LGBT persons living in the country have suffered humiliation and harsh judgement in society and at the hands of police.

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Same-sex marriage legalization by country

The Netherlands made world history in December 2000, becoming the first country to legalize same-sex marriage and paving a path for nearly two dozen countries over the next two decades. The Dutch Parliament passed a landmark bill overwriting the nation's civil marriage statute to legally grant couples of the same sex the right to marry, divorce and adopt children. And the major change only took just one sentence: "A marriage can be contracted by two people of different or the same sex."

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Strapped into chairs and electrocuted: How LGBT Chinese are forced into 'conversion therapy'

Liu Xiaoyun had no idea what was about to happen to him. The helmet he was wearing was wired to a machine; when the machine was turned on, a weird feeling of numbness washed across his scalp. The doctor turned a dial and that feeling was replaced by pain, as if he was being pinched all over, or stabbed by needles. After a few minutes, his body began trembling. It was not until afterward he realized he had been shocked.

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The agony and joy of being gay in Africa

At an international conference on Black portraiture, imagery and depiction in Johannesburg, South Africa last November, I gave a presentation about the state of LGBT rights across the African continent. I told participants that I'd just come from New York, where, at the UN, the African bloc had spearheaded an effort to torpedo the work of the first-ever independent expert investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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