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Reserve now: IGLTA Convention Journal
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Did you know that Community Marketing & Insight's latest data estimates that the LGBT travel market is worth more than $100 billion in the U.S. alone? Advertising in our Annual Global Convention Journal is a great way to increase your visibility in this rapidly growing market. Target travel agents, tour operators, travel writers and other market leaders attending the world's largest conference on LGBT tourism. Your advertisement will appear in 600+ print editions, distributed to travel professionals as the official convention journal for 2015. Additional copies will be distributed to LGBT meeting planners and associations. Reserve space today! The deadline is 31 January.
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IGLTA Foundation call for scholarships
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Our philanthropic Foundation will again support the next generation of LGBT tourism through a scholarship program that brings students and small business professionals from emerging destinations to IGLTA's Annual Global Convention. Please share the details for our Building Bridges Scholarships with worthy candidates in your region. The application deadline is 28 January. Apply here!
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Small business spotlight
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This recurring feature showcases small business members of our association, such as Gay Manuel Antonio, an information source for LGBT travelers interested in tropical Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, or Alear Viajes y Turismo, a boutique travel agency based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that specializes in South American tours.
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Book a stand in the Gay Pavilion at ITB Berlin
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Join IGLTA in the 400m2 Gay & Lesbian Travel Pavilion at ITB Berlin to be a part of one of the world's top travel trade shows. More than 11,000 exhibitors from 180+ countries come together at ITB Berlin every March. Business conducted at ITB Berlin is estimated at a value of six billion euros, and the Gay & Lesbian Pavilion is the cornerstone for LGBT business at the show. For more information, please email Tom Dedek at td@tomontour.com and specify that you wish to be located in the IGLTA stand. Download the stand application form.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Gay wedding plans take shape after Vietnam repeals ban
Bloomberg News via The Boston Globe
For medical doctor Thuan Nguyen, Vietnam's trailblazing move among Southeast Asian countries to allow same-sex marriage — although not quite grant the couples full legal status — is enough to plan a wedding ceremony with his boyfriend of two years. "I am ready to have a wedding," he said. "Many, many young people in love are optimistic about the acceptance of gay weddings."
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Tourism officials plan ads to woo more gay weddings to Tampa Bay
WTVT-TV
VideoBriefVisit Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County's tourism bureau, is prepared to launch new advertising inviting same sex couples to get married in Tampa. "We know that there will be a lot of spending around same sex marriages," Visit Tampa Bay CEO Santiago Corrada told FOX 13 News last month.
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Egypt court acquits 26 men in gay trial
Al Jazeera
An Egyptian court has acquitted 26 men arrested in a televised raid last month by police looking for gays at a Cairo public bathhouse. The trial, which had caused an uproar among activists and rights groups, captured public attention after a pro-government TV network aired scenes of half-naked men being pulled from the bathhouse by police.
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Supreme Court rejects Louisiana gay marriage case, takes no action on four others
Reuters
The U.S. Supreme Court, which is in the midst of deciding whether to take up the issue of gay marriage, recently declined to take an early look at a challenge to Louisiana's state ban. The court took no action on four other pending cases concerning gay marriage bans in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, but could act on those cases as soon as later this week.
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Human Rights Watch criticizes Russia, says it fails to protect LGBT people
CNN
Russian authorities are failing to protect gay people from persecution and are not prosecuting the perpetrators of a growing number of homophobic attacks, Human Rights Watch says in a new report. Its report calls for a July 2013 anti-gay propaganda law to be repealed, saying many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people interviewed for the report had noticed an increase in persecution since last year.
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India's LGBT community outraged over government-planned re-education centers in Goa
HAARETZ
India's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community recently expressed outrage over government-planned re-education centers. "We will make LGBT youth normal," said Ramesh Tawadkar, a state-level minister of Goa's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, NDTV news channel reported.
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How to put an end to LGBT discrimination behind bars
Newsweek
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, youth continue to be significantly over-represented in the nation's juvenile justice system, even as overall rates of youth incarceration are on the decline. It is estimated that 300,000 LGBT youth are arrested and/or detained each year, more than 60 percent of whom are black or Latino.
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Uganda introduces first LGBT magazine
Voice of America
For Uganda's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community, daily life can be a struggle. Yet rather than shy away from the difficulties, some Ugandans are putting it all out there with Bombastic, the country's first LGBT magazine. Distributed nationwide, the publication aims to cover LGBT-related topics and give voice to those who are often too fearful to come out in the socially conservative, landlocked East African country.
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Social media changes to keep in mind for 2015
By Mayur Kisani
Social media is continuously evolving and rapidly changing. For example, 2014 saw Facebook's controversial changes to its algorithm, which reduced the organic reach of business pages. As 2015 approaches, marketers need to be ready with more personalized and, of course, quality content that is also in tune with the way users will consume content. Here are some trends to keep in mind.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    'It's okay to be gay' in Mexico City (Washington Blade)
South Florida tourism promoters courting same-sex wedding business (The Miami Herald)
LGBT tourism on the rise (Buenos Aires Herald)
Vatican art in a gay light (The New York Times)

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