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Plan now for IGLTA's 2018 convention

It's never too early to start coordinating your 2018 business travel schedule to include IGLTA's Annual Global Convention. Registration pricing for our 35th anniversary edition in Toronto, Canada (9-12 May 2018) is available on the convention website, and host hotel booking at the Westin Harbour Castle is also live. This year, the room block at our host hotel sold out, so plan now! You don't want to miss the premier networking and educational event for the global LGBTQ tourism industry.

19 Jul 2017 11:33:49 CDT

Small business spotlight

Please join us in supporting the small business members of IGLTA, such as The Purple, the first and only accommodation in San Antonio on Ibiza island dedicated exclusively to the LGBT market; and Costa Rica's Hotel Villa Roca, gay owned and operated, exclusively for gays, lesbians and their friends to enjoy with an awesome view overlooking the rain forest and the Pacific.

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Organizational partner: Federation of Gay Games

Gay Games 10 unfolds 4-12 August 2018 in Paris as a Celebration of Diversity! The 10th edition of the world's largest quadrennial sports and cultural festival features 36+ sports and 14+ cultural events. You can book your accommodation, tours and transfers through Paris 2018 travel partner and IGLTA member KTS FRANCE. Paris 2018's travel partner and IGLTA member MisterB&B is offering apartments and rooms with special rates for Paris 2018-Gay Games 10 participants and supporters as well.

19 Jul 2017 11:33:49 CDT

'We don't have any gays.' Chechen leader denies persecution of gay men

Chechnya's strongman leader has harshly denounced claims that his southern Russian republic has tortured and even killed gay men, denying that there even are any homosexual men in his region. Kremlin-backed Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has faced wide international criticism since a Russian newspaper reported this spring that his security forces had detained some 100 gay men, torturing or killing some of them.

19 Jul 2017 11:33:49 CDT

Could Australia be the next country to legalize same-sex marriage?

The lower house of Germany's Parliament made history by voting in favor of marriage equality June 30, but you'd be forgiven for forgetting that same-sex marriage wasn't already legal in the nation. Germany, the most populous country in Europe, is one of the most tolerant and progressive in the world on LGBT issues. When it was among the 39 countries polled by the Pew Research Center in 2013, just 11 percent of the population felt that society should "reject" homosexuality.

19 Jul 2017 11:33:49 CDT

Equality in Britain

On July 27, 1967, after a heated late-night debate in London’s House of Commons, a piece of legislation called The Sexual Offences Act received royal assent. This symbolic action occurs whenever a bill is passed by Britain's Parliament. Before a bill becomes an Act of Parliament, the Queen's royal nod of approval is required, it then officially comes into force as British law. The passing of the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 was a significant moment for gay men in Britain, because it decriminalized homosexual acts between two men in private. Up until then, gay men had lived on the margins of British society, fearing prosecution and imprisonment for the simple act of intimacy with someone of the same sex.

19 Jul 2017 11:33:49 CDT

Government will not allow gay couples to adopt in Israel

The government announced on Sunday that there are no intentions to change the law and allow gay couples to adopt in Israel. In response to a High Court petition, the state said that it was opposed to allowing same-sex couples to adopt because it would place an "additional burden" on the child.

19 Jul 2017 11:33:49 CDT

Going to Brighton Pride? Train strike could see celebrations turn to chaos

Brighton Pride means it is one of the busiest days for travel between London and the seaside city – but a strike could see trains turn to chaos. On 4 August, huge numbers from around the country will head to the pier and celebrate on the south coast. Drivers for Southern Trains, however, will be striking that day over pay. Aslef's executive committee called strikes on 1, 2 and 4 August.

19 Jul 2017 11:33:49 CDT

Uganda's other refugee crisis: Discrimination forces many LGBT Ugandans to seek asylum

Sitting on a crate outside his mud-walled house in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya, 30-year-old George Mukhwezi explained how he fled his home country of Uganda because he was gay. "My life was in danger when people and the police realized I was gay," said Mukhwezi, who arrived in Kenya last year. "I was attacked and assaulted [several times] by residents and even arrested by police. I decided to escape and save my life. Uganda is a dangerous country for LGBT people like me."

19 Jul 2017 11:33:49 CDT

Chinese gay video ban sparks online backlash

A crackdown on a wide range of internet videos by Chinese censors has caused a backlash on the country's popular micro-blogging site Sina Weibo, with many users objecting to a decision to ban content which features same-sex relationships. On Chinese social media, many were left angry, baffled, and upset: "Aren't people born equal? ... What right do you have to discriminate against others?" said one. Another commented: "Aren't homosexuals normal? Why do you push them to a corner?"

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SD Pride Parade is the largest single-day civic event

The economic impact contributes millions to the city. San Diego Pride Parade draws more people than Comic-Con each year and generates millions of dollars to the local economy. The parade sees an estimated 200,000 people; Comic-Con, 135,000. Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and other community leaders including Councilmember Chris Ward discussed how these two major annual events are important for the city's economy.

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