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Be a part of IGLTA's global ad campaign
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The association is launching a new series of consumer ads featuring a collage of globe-spanning LGBT travel photos. If you'd like to have a photo from your business included in the imagery, please email IGLTA Media Relations Director LoAnn Halden at loann.halden@iglta.org for details before Dec. 5.
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Small business spotlight
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This recurring eNews feature showcases small business members of the association, such as ABC Tours & Attractions, a dynamic tour company based in Oranjestad with all native-born Aruban guides; and Luiz Souza, a Rio-based guide licensed by the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism.
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Same-sex couples petition Supreme Court on right to marriage
The New York Times
Gay and lesbian couples filed petitions recently asking the Supreme Court to decide whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The petitions arrived eight days after the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati, upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
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Gay pride celebrations fill streets in Argentina, Chile
NBC News
VideoBriefPeople in Buenos Aires and Santiago call for an end to discrimination by holding gay pride celebrations.
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Uganda planning new anti-gay law despite opposition
BBC
Uganda plans to introduce a new anti-gay law that will withstand any legal challenge, a government minister has told the BBC. It will not explicitly refer to homosexuality, but will rely on the penal code which prescribes a life sentence for "unnatural acts," he said. Activists say the plan is more draconian than anti-gay legislation annulled by the courts in August.
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Gov. McAuliffe announces LGBT Tourism Task Force
Loudoun Times-Mirror
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Virginia's first Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Tourism Task Force during the Virginia-1 Tourism Summit in Reston. Intended to showcase Virginia as a gay-friendly state to visit, the task force is the second of its kind in the nation and the first in the South, according to state tourism officials. Secretary of Commerce Maurice Jones will helm the panel comprised of "industry stakeholders, LGBT community members and business leaders," according to the governor's office.
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Botswana court rebuffs state ban on LGBT group. A turning point for Africa?
The Christian Sciene Monitor
A Botswana judge overturned a ban on a gay rights lobbying group recently, a rare victory for gay rights activists in the southern African country. On a continent where gays and lesbians remain severely marginalized, the court's decision could have widespread implications for Africa's emerging gay rights movement.
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Cities 'way ahead' of states in LGBT equality
USA TODAY
Cities have pushed ahead of states to pass laws barring discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents, a report from the Human Rights Campaign shows. The Municipal Equality Index, compiled by the group, scores cities from 0 to 100 on their friendliness toward LGBT residents by evaluating whether their laws demand equality for all of its citizens.
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Sri Lanka says anti-gay discrimination is unconstitutional
GayAsiaNews
Sri Lanka has, for the first time ever, acknowledged the non-discrimination provisions in its constitution protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The statement came in responses from the Sri Lankan Government to recommendations for reform during the country's review by the U.N. Human Rights Committee.
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House of Lords approves civil partnership conversion regulations in time for Christmas
Pink News
The regulations for the conversion of civil partnerships to marriage have been passed following brief, but impassioned speeches in the House of Lords. The British Government on 17 October announced revised regulations for converting civil partnerships to marriage, which include the option of a conversion ceremony in a church, synagogue, meeting house and other venues.
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Making every second count in mobile travel marketing
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Traveling is the ultimate mobile experience, both in the physical sense and in the way that we access information. Think about how many times you check your smartphone while walking in an unfamiliar city. Whether it's to get directions, find a place to eat or change your travel itinerary, smartphones have become an indispensable travel companion.
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