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IGLTA Pioneer Award: Dean Nelson, Founder of Pride House

Pride House founder Dean Nelson will receive IGLTA's Pioneer Award on 11 May at Voyage, the signature fundraising event for the IGLTA Foundation. Nelson, the CEO/Executive Producer of Whistler Pride & Ski Festival, created Pride House as a pavilion to celebrate diversity in sport and raise awareness of homophobia within sports at the Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Pioneer Award, part of the annual IGLTA Honors, is given to an individual, business, or organization whose innovative spirit and actions have led the way in moving LGBTQ travel forward.

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Expand Your Business Reach

Does your business provide travel products or services in multiple locations? IGLTA members can now associate their business with multiple countries in their profile, which will allow your business to be displayed in more relevant places on the IGLTA website. Previously, members were only able to select a single country for their listing, but now the member profile allows multiple selections so your products and services are more easily discovered by LGBTQ travelers visiting our website who are interested in specific destinations. Login to your profile now to update your listing. If you need assistance with activating this or any of the other benefits of membership, please email

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Don't miss out on our host hotel room block

The IGLTA Annual Global Convention is known for its networking and there is no better way to be in the center of the thought leadership and one on one connections than staying in the host hotel. All daytime educational programming and networking opportunities this year unfold at the Westin Harbour Castle, 9-12 May. In order to guarantee the special IGLTA rate, your room must be booked in our block by 9 April.

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Small business spotlight

Please join us in supporting the small business members of IGLTA, such as Lodge on the Desert in Tucson, Arizona, renowned for its intimate residential setting and genial hospitality, with charming hacienda-style accommodations and historic charm; and Switzerland's Pink Alpine, whose unique trips are designed for LGBTQ travelers to experience the beauty and powerfulness of nature.

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Travel operators eye pink dollars as rich LGBT tourists are more willing to go off the beaten track

From gay-friendly honeymoon destinations to party escapes, tourism has long catered to LGBT travelers. As acceptance grows, so do calls for the industry to broaden its offers, and avoid clichés. All too often travel professionals stuck to stereotypical views of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual guests as hedonistic holidaymakers, says Thomas Boemkes of the consulting agency Diversity Tourism at Berlin’s ITB fair, the world’s largest travel trade show.

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Canada and Sweden most LGBT-friendly travel destinations

The recent introduction of marriage equality has improved Germany’s position in the SPARTACUS Gay Travel Index, ranking the most LGBT-friendly destination countries. Germany now shares third place with eleven other countries. Canada and Sweden find themselves at the top of the list. The SPARTACUS Gay Travel Index is updated annually and informs travelers on the situation of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) in 197 Countries and Territories. For the first time this year, the SPARTACUS Gay Travel Index also takes into account the legal situation of transgender individuals.

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Same-sex adoption laws pass in NT after personal debate on Parliament floor

In the remote community of Hermannsburg, about 130 kilometers west of Alice Springs, married couple Kara and Bronwyn Blair-Stuart are celebrating. The Northern Territory Parliament, overlooking the Arafura Sea in Darwin, might be a long way from the Red Centre, but a change in law has given give this married bush couple more choice.

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Irish lawmaker proposes ban on 'harmful, deceptive' conversion therapy

An Irish lawmaker has introduced a bill that would ban so-called conversion therapies claiming to "cure" lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Fintan Warfield, a senator with Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, proposed the bill on Wednesday to ban conversion therapy as a "deceptive and harmful act or practice against a person's sexual orientation, gender identity and, or gender expression." Despite global gains in LGBT rights, many gay people are still forced to undergo archaic and invasive therapy based on the idea that homosexuality is a mental disorder or medical condition.

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Is 'queer' offensive? LGBT community reacts to Twitter limiting user accounts

Members of the LGBT community expressed their outrage on Sunday after they discovered that the word “queer” was banned by Twitter. User "@theb00kwitch" posted a screenshot that showed Twitter had limited her social media account because she had used the word "queer" in a reply to a tweet. This meant that @theb00kwitch could only send direct messages to her followers and browse Twitter and could not tweet, retweet, or like any post on the platform.

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New Zealand gay rights activists demand compensation over convictions

Gay rights advocates are gearing up to fight the New Zealand government for compensation for men convicted of homosexual crimes. Last year justice minister Amy Adams apologized to hundreds of gay men who were convicted of a crime for engaging in consensual sex prior to the homosexual law reform of 1986.

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Tel Aviv suburb gets country's 1st gay mayor

Ra'anana became the first city in Israel to have an openly gay mayor on Sunday, when Eitan Ginzburg completed his first full day of work on the job. Ginzburg, 41, has been on the Ra'anana city council for 15 years, including most of the past six years as a paid deputy mayor. He was elected by the city council to take over as mayor when veteran Ra’anana mayor Ze'ev Bielski left to head the National Housing Authority.

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Texas prisons to update LGBT policy after lawsuit from transgender inmate who was beaten, raped

A lawsuit filed on behalf of a transgender woman who was beaten and raped in a Texas prison for men has ended with a monetary settlement and an updated LGBT policy at the state’s prison system, according to an LGBT rights legal group. Lambda Legal announced Thursday that it had settled with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the case of Passion Star, a 34-year-old black transgender woman who sued the department claiming that prison officials didn't protect her from sexual and physical abuse while incarcerated in male prisons.

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The belly dancer donning a beard to protest LGBT abuse in Egypt

On a chilly March night, Shrouk El-Attar is preparing for a belly dancing show at a London club by pulling on a shimmering blue skirt, fixing a sparkly bra - and sticking on a beard. The act, called "Dancing Queer," is a protest against the persecution of gay, lesbian and transgender people in El-Attar's native Egypt where they risk violence, arrest and jail.

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