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LGBTQ event at IPW to benefit IGLTA Foundation

U.S. Travel Association's IPW 2017, which will be held in Washington D.C. for the first time 3-7 June, welcomes 6,000 delegates from 75 countries and is the single largest generator of travel to the United States. As part of the festivities Destination DC has partnered with NYC & Company and San Francisco Travel on the official IPW 2017 LGBTQ Event for buyers and media to benefit the IGLTA Foundation. A limited number of $500 tickets are available to IGLTA member suppliers. Support the next generation of LGBTQ travel and enjoy DC's hottest gay nightclub, Town Danceboutique, at the same time! For more information, contact iglta@iglta.org. Buy Tickets Now

24 May 2017 10:09:02 CDT

IGLTA names 1st ambassador to New Zealand

Please join us in welcoming our first volunteer ambassador to New Zealand. Debbie Clarke, founder and director of inbound tour company New Zealand Awaits, will assist with membership support and development throughout the country and promote IGLTA's efforts to make the world more welcoming for LGBTQ travelers. Connect with Clarke at newzealand@iglta.org.

24 May 2017 10:09:02 CDT

Global Partner spotlight: Destination DC

Silver-Level Global Partner Destination DC welcomed 20 million domestic visitors in 2016, an increase of 3.4 percent over 2015 according to a recent DK SHIFFLET report. The destination also earned a record high visitor spend of $7.3 billion, a year-over-year increase of 3 percent, according to IHS Markit. Washington D.C. is preparing to host Capital Pride presented by Hilton, from 8-11 June with the theme Unapologetically Proud. The pride march planned on 11 June is expected to draw more domestic visitors than in recent years due to the current U.S. administration and its threats to equal rights for the LGBTQ community.

24 May 2017 10:09:02 CDT

Second Global Report on LGBT Tourism

The latest collaboration between UNWTO and IGLTA is now free to download from iglta.org/research/

24 May 2017 10:09:02 CDT

Taiwan's same-sex marriage ruling could cement its place as Asia's liberal beacon

Chi Chia-wei will find out on 24 May if his decades long fight to make Taiwan the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage has been a success. Chi, 59, a pioneering Taiwanese gay rights activist, is the celebrated face behind one of the most controversial legal cases the island democracy has seen in recent years, where 14 judges must rule if the civil code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.

24 May 2017 10:09:02 CDT

The U.S. State Department's travel tips for same-sex couples and families

Every family faces their own challenges on the road, but same-sex parents heading overseas can boost their travel savvy with these insights from the U.S. State Department. Taking care of every single American traveling abroad is just another day at the office for Karen Christensen, the U.S. State Department's deputy assistant secretary for Overseas Citizen Services.

24 May 2017 10:09:02 CDT

These are the most LGBTQ-friendly countries in Europe

Europe has a history of attracting people whose identities were degraded or flat-out denied by other Western countries. As early as the 19th century, cities like Paris and Berlin became sanctuaries for free-spirited women, African-Americans seeking better treatment, and LGBTQ communities looking for a place to express themselves without fear.

24 May 2017 10:09:02 CDT

Jakarta police raid gay sex party amid crackdown on LGBT Indonesians

A raid by police on a gym and sauna in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on 21 May is being seen by some as the latest evidence of a crackdown on the rights of the country's LGBT population. Police detained 141 men as part of the raid on the establishment in North Jakarta, said Polda Metro Jaya Kombes Argo Yuwono, the head of public relations for the Jakarta Police Department.

24 May 2017 10:09:02 CDT

A deliberate attempt to silence the LGBT community in Bangladesh

On 19 May, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), an elite security force in Bangladesh arrested 27 young gay men. They were arrested in a community center where they had gathered on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. While it has been widely circulated that they have been arrested because they were found with illegal drugs and condoms ― and not charged with homosexuality ― an officer has informed that AFP that these men were arrested because they were homosexuals.

24 May 2017 10:09:02 CDT

Politician sues Germany over same-sex marriage ban

An out gay politician has sued Germany over its failings to establish marriage equality. Volker Beck has been representing the Green Party in the German Bundestag since 1994. He has been campaigning for same-sex marriage since 1992 and is sometimes referred to as the father of Germany's civil partnership law. And he is really fed up with the government's refusal to vote on marriage equality, although they debated the matter nearly 30 times in the last three and a half years.

24 May 2017 10:09:02 CDT

More LGBT protections coming, Cooper tells national group

Gov. Roy Cooper said 16 May he will soon announce an executive order addressing protections for the LGBT community. The Democratic governor made the remark to a sympathetic audience in Washington, D.C., where he said he would also continue to fight against discrimination and push for voting rights and education funding.

24 May 2017 10:09:02 CDT

In Lebanon, gay activism is fueling a new conversation about democracy and civil rights

Over the past week, the Lebanese capital of Beirut has set an extraordinary precedent for the Middle East by hosting Beirut Pride Week, the region’s first-ever public celebration of LGBT awareness on such a grand scale. LGBT rights groups and supportive nongovernmental organizations have been holding events — including fashion exhibits, story-telling sessions and human rights conferences — in commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), with a big outdoor party planned for 21 May in the country's capital.

24 May 2017 10:09:02 CDT

Texas GOP reaches deal on 'bathroom bill'

Texas state legislators reached a compromise on 21 May on a controversial measure to bar transgender people from using the bathrooms of their choice after months of pressure from business and civil rights groups aimed at killing the bill. The bill, which cleared a key procedural hurdle in the state House on Sunday, would bar transgender students from bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity, unless other children are not present.

24 May 2017 10:09:02 CDT

Church of Scotland expected to back same-sex marriage

The Church of Scotland is preparing to take a significant step towards same-sex marriage. The Kirk's General Assembly - gathering in Edinburgh - will be asked to approve more work on how such weddings could take place in church. Equal marriage remains a divisive issue within the church. Since 2014, Scotland has allowed same-sex couples to marry but individual church traditions can each decide whether to participate.

24 May 2017 10:09:02 CDT