Send a message of thanks at Orbitz.com/thejourney between 1-6 December to help raise funds for the IGLTA Foundation
Media Contact: LoAnn Halden
Fort Lauderdale, FL (30 November, 2020)—The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) Foundation will receive much-needed support this Giving Tuesday (1 December) and throughout the week courtesy of an Orbitz campaign advocating for equality in the travel industry.
As part of the charitable drive, actors/activists Jeremy Pope and Indya Moore of FX's Pose star in social videos, art directed and filmed by Pope, in which they share intimate stories about their journey to becoming who they are today. They then invite their Instagram followers to visit Orbitz.com/thejourney to thank a friend or family member who has helped them on their journey to self-love and acceptance.
For every thank you message sent from 1-6 December, Orbitz will donate US$20, up to a total of US$50,000, to the IGLTA Foundation, which provides education, research and leadership development that benefits the global LGBTQ+ tourism industry.
“We are incredibly grateful to Orbitz for championing our foundation for Giving Tuesday,” said IGLTA Foundation Chair Reginald Charlot. “The pandemic has hit tourism especially hard, and while travel is a luxury for many of us, it’s also a means to self-discovery and a way of promoting greater understanding of LGBTQ+ people. We’ve seen firsthand how travel can open minds.”
Upcoming IGLTA Foundation initiatives include a guide for LGBTQ+ travelers with HIV, an expanded program to support LGBTQ+ businesses in emerging destinations, and development of an IGLTAF Transgender Advisory Council to increase awareness of the issues facing transgender travelers.
- Visit Orbitz.com/thejourney between 1-6 December 2020
- Send a note of thanks to someone using the email or social share links on site.
- Orbitz will donate US$20 to the IGLTA Foundation for every message sent, up to US$50,000.
Orbitz has a long history of supporting LGBTQ+ travel and was among the first travel brands to create advertising and content featuring openly LGBTQ+ couples, drag personalities and celebrities in the 2000s. Following the initial Giving Tuesday campaign, travelers can also participate in a second fundraising promotion benefitting the IGLTA Foundation, available 7-31 December. Visit Orbitz.com/refer for details.
About IGLTA and the IGLTA Foundation: The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association’s mission is to provide information and resources for LGBTQ+ travelers and expand LGBTQ+ tourism globally by demonstrating its significant social and economic impact. In 2012, the philanthropic IGLTA Foundation was launched with a focus on education, research and leadership development initiatives that lead to a safer, more welcoming landscape for LGBTQ+ travelers. The Foundation supports LGBTQ+ business owners in emerging destinations and provides convention fellowships for them to receive mentorship and education. For more information: iglta.org/foundation and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @iglta or @IGLTAFoundation on Facebook.