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Don't miss #IGLTA2019

IGLTA's Annual Global Convention, the world's premier educational and networking event for the LGBTQ tourism industry, takes on Manhattan in 2019. "I have attended hundreds of conferences over the last several decades. This was the first conference that I have ever attended where I can honestly say I was awed by every session because I learned something new and substantial each time," said Benjamin Cruz, Speaker for the 34th Guam Legislature, who participated this year in Toronto. (Click here for the complete review of the 2018 event.) Registration pricing for 2019 is available now to help with budgeting. The direct booking link for the New York Hilton Midtown, our host hotel, is also live. We UNITE the thought leaders of LGBTQ travel in New York City, 24-27 April, 2019. See you there!

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Small business spotlight

Please join us in supporting the small business members of IGLTA, such as Arc The Hotel Washington DC, which is located in the delightfully urban setting of DC's prestigious Foggy Bottom neighborhood; and Estrangeira Travel Blog (in Portuguese) with bloggers that promote unique destinations and venues to the LGBTQ travel community, particularly for lesbians. READ MORE

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Thank you Tourism Toronto

IGLTA would like to acknowledge the collaboration of our 2018 convention host city Tourism Toronto on this year's Travel Writers Caucus event at the #NLGJA2018 National Convention in Palm Springs, California. The intimate dinner for LGBTQ travel and lifestyle writers was held at EIGHT4NINE restaurant in the city's Uptown Design District.

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We'd love to meet with you!

IGLTA participates in a globe-spanning series of events each year, allowing us to better connect with our members and share knowledge about LGBTQ tourism. You'll find Clovis Casemiro, Membership Coordinator-Brazil, conducting a training and update on LGBTQ tourism at the Belo Horizonte Convention & Visitors Bureau from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on 18 September. He also will participate in an LGBTQ panel at 2 p.m. on 27 September at ABAV in São Paulo, Brazil. Our Industry & Events Calendar contains a full list of events we're attending with a contact link for the IGLTA participants. We look forward to connecting with you very soon!

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India's LGBT community reacts to Section 377 gay sex ruling

Indian Supreme Court Justice Dipak Misra quoted Shakespeare as he read out the unanimous ruling of five judges to legalize gay sex. "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet," Misra said, borrowing a phrase from "Romeo and Juliet," as he overturned the colonial era Section 377.

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LGBT hospitality house to be established for 2020 Tokyo Games

An LGBT hospitality house will be set up during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as a place to exchange and distribute information about issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. A consortium, made up of 28 organizations and individuals so far, is behind the Pride House Tokyo project, said Gon Matsunaka, founder and president of an LGBT support group called Good Aging Yells, on Thursday. The location has yet to be determined.

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Queenstown, New Zealand, embraces rainbow life for Winter Pride

Rainbows have overrun Queenstown, New Zealand, as the snow-loving town embraces Winter Pride. Formerly known as Gay Ski Week before it was rebranded earlier this year, the festival has been running since 2012. It's seen drag queens, kings, LGBT people and allies from all over the country descend upon the region, rendering the rainbow sash to easily identify your luggage useless because every single person has it.

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Alderney celebrates Pride for the 1st time

Over 60 people in Alderney took part in the island's first ever Pride parade on Sunday. Pride is a celebration the LGBTQ community and promotes inclusivity and equality for all. It followed the Channel Island Pride event held Guernsey which saw a turnout of around 4,000 people.

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Most Singaporeans still support law banning gay sex, survey finds

A slim majority of Singaporeans still support a law that bans gay sex, an online survey showed recently, amid renewed debate on whether the city-state should follow India's footsteps and scrap similar British colonial-era legislation. Previous legal challenges to overturn the ban failed but a prominent Singapore diplomat called on the gay community to renew legal action against the law, a day after India's top court decriminalized gay sex in a landmark ruling.

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Uganda: MTN Nyege Nyege given green light

The confirmation was made yesterday evening by government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, who tweeted: "Just spoken to [the] Internal Affairs Minister, he states that the Nyege Nyege organisers should go ahead with preparations for their function. [A] further review meeting involving all stakeholders is scheduled for 10am tomorrow." Opondo's tweet came a day after Lokodo wrote to Minister of Internal Affairs Jeje Odongo, calling for the cancellation of the festival.

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Major hotels giving panic buttons to staff nationwide

Tens of thousands of employees at more than 18,000 U.S. hotels will soon carry panic buttons to help protect them from harassment and assault in an era of heightened awareness around the #MeToo movement. More than a dozen big hotel chains - including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG and Wyndham - said Tuesday that they will provide personal safety devices by 2020 to all employees who deal one-on-one with guests. The companies will also train staff to identify and report harassment and publish anti-sexual harassment policies in multiple languages.

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