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IGLTA eNewsletter

New Global Partner: Italian National Tourist Board

IGLTA is proud to announce that the Italian National Tourist Board (ENIT) has become a Silver Level Global Partner, placing them in an elite group of global brands that have committed to year-round support for the association and LGBTQ-welcoming travel. In conjunction with the partnership, they have also shown their support as an Official Level Sponsor for the 34th edition of the IGLTA Annual Global Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida, 4-6 May, and will host an invitation-only event for travel agents, tour operators, meeting planners and media/press attending the convention. To inquire about participating in this event, please contact events@iglta.org.

26 Apr 2017 09:26:19 CDT

Engage with global media at #IGLTA2017

The Media Trade Show has become a tradition at our Annual Global Convention, allowing our delegates to network directly with media and marketing outlets that can help them to grow their business. Many of the participating outlets then make a donation to an on-site advertising giveaway to benefit one lucky business. Thank you to those who donated to our 2017 package, valued at nearly $40,000: blu media network, Community Marketing, eTurboNews, Fun Travel Guides, Gaydio, made, ManAboutWorld, mister10, Out There, Pink Banana Media, Pride Online, PrideWire, Q.Digital, QMagazine, and travAlliancemedia. This year we've expanded the tables to include freelancers and bloggers as well. A special note of thanks to the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB for their convention media sponsorship.

26 Apr 2017 09:26:19 CDT

Elegant, irreverent: Vienna's LGBT scene

You might call it "the slap at the bathhouse heard throughout the Austro-Hungarian empire." That's what happened to the Austrian emperor's brother upon making untoward advances to an officer while visiting the men's sauna known today as the Kaiserbrundl. Those who wander Vienna at the height of ball season amid a sea of white ties and tails, opera gloves and gowns might imagine a city of straitlaced ritual and protocol; but behind the confectionery architecture lies a labyrinth of LGBT history.

26 Apr 2017 09:26:19 CDT

LGBT businesses struggle in the face of ambiguous official stance, social taboos

When Han Zongchuan decided to quit his job and plunge into the "pink economy," he was so optimistic about the future. He soon found an investor in 2015 that gave him 1 million yuan ($145,400) to kick start his LGBT business, which made him hope his ambitions were soon to be realized. He first intended to develop LGBT tourism and also cooperate with local governments to build elder care homes for LGBT seniors.

26 Apr 2017 09:26:19 CDT

A backlash against same-sex marriage tests Taiwan's reputation for gay rights

The gay rights activists raised sticks of incense and appealed to Taiwan's most popular deity: Mazu, Goddess of the sea, protect us. Or rather, Mazu, Goddess of the sea, protect us, too. Just months ago, Taiwan appeared to be on the verge of legalizing same-sex marriage. It was to become the first country in Asia to do so, solidifying its status as a beacon for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

26 Apr 2017 09:26:19 CDT

Puerto Vallarta deepens commitment to LGBT community

Puerto Vallarta has long been known as one of the most LGBT-friendly destinations in the world, and it is furthering its commitment by launching multiple initiatives aimed at ensuring the city continues to be a safe and welcoming. This includes the creation of the Office of Gender Equality and sensitivity training for local businesses.

26 Apr 2017 09:26:19 CDT

Police: 53 arrested in Nigeria for celebrating gay wedding

Nigerian police say they have arrested 53 young men who celebrated a gay wedding and charged them with "belonging to a gang of unlawful society." Prosecuting officer Mannir Nasir told a court that the young men were arrested on 15 April in the northern city of Zaria while attending a party organized for two men who got married last week.

26 Apr 2017 09:26:19 CDT

Trump's quiet war against LGBT Americans

During his campaign, candidate Donald Trump proclaimed that he had more support in the gay community than previous Republican candidates. He trumpeted, "LGBT is starting to like Donald Trump very much lately, I will tell you, starting to like Donald Trump very, very much lately." And it's clear the administration wants to keep up that facade: They touted in the press the fact that the president said marriage for gay couples is a settled issue and allowed an Obama-era nondiscrimination executive order to remain in place as proof of his support for the LGBT community.

26 Apr 2017 09:26:19 CDT

Same-sex union of Chinese tourists thriving

The wedding of two Chinese men recently at the Saipan Mayor's Office is the latest proof yet that same-sex marriage ceremonies is indeed booming on the island. Since 2015 when same-sex marriage was legalized in the U.S. and its protectorates, there has been a significant jump in the number of same-sex marriages on Saipan, majority of which involve Chinese tourists.

26 Apr 2017 09:26:19 CDT

Church of Scotland to debate allowing same-sex marriages

The Church of Scotland has been asked to apologize for its "history of discrimination" against gay people and could be a step closer to allowing ministers to perform same-sex marriages. A report to be debated at the Kirk's General Assembly in May proposes having a church committee research allowing nominated ministers and deacons to carry out the ceremonies, but wants to retain the ability for "contentious refusal" from those opposed to same-sex marriage.

26 Apr 2017 09:26:19 CDT