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IGLTA Foundation event at the Montage
IGLTA
Please join us in supporting the worldwide outreach of LGBT tourism at our second annual IGLTA Foundation fund-raising reception, held on 8 April at the elegant Montage Beverly Hills in conjunction with our Annual Global Convention. Tickets are US$100, first-come, first-served as capacity is limited. Thanks to our generous sponsor, Preferred Hotel Group, 100 percent of the proceeds from the event will support members in emerging destinations, global LGBT tourism research, and scholarships for future LGBT tourism professionals. If you're not able to attend, please consider making a donation to the Foundation at igltafoundation.org.
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Attending #IGLTA2015?
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Our 32nd Annual Global Convention Delegate Handbook is now available for download. You'll find important shipping information and deadlines, trip-planning tips, and programming FAQs.
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In memoriam
The staff and board of IGLTA are deeply saddened to advise our members that LGBT travel leader Rick Cirillo passed away on 28 February. He had been a longtime association member, served on the IGLTA board, and was a founding member of the American Airlines Rainbow TeAAm, which received an IGLTA Hall of Fame Award in 2006. At that point, Cirillo was already a Hall of Fame recipient, having received the award for his pioneering tourism work in 1998. His legacy continues to inspire our efforts every day.
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Join IGLTA at WTM Africa
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With our Annual Global Convention heading to Cape Town in 2016, we are especially proud to promote our new event partnership with World Travel Market Africa (15-17 April). IGLTA will attend the trade show for the first time this year and deliver a presentation on LGBT tourism. Click here for complimentary registration. Complete your registration before 17 March and you'll have the chance to win tickets to see Michael Bublé! WTM Africa is giving away three pairs of VIP concert tickets, including suite access, food, drinks and parking. (Terms and conditions apply.)
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Welcome new members!
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Please join us in supporting the new businesses that joined the association in February: Bamboo Private Islands, Travel Insured International Inc, Cancun Whale Shark Tours, Fly Jamaica Airways Limited, Capsule Ryokan Kyoto, CC's Hideaway Hotel, Ride The Ducks, Visit Santa Rosa, Cuba Services Travel, Ciao Andiamo, Exquisite Living Vacations, Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua, Courtyard San Antonio Medical Center, The Montauk Beach House, Courtyard San Antonio Airport, Courtyard San Antonio Riverwalk, Residence Inn San Antonio Downtown, Hotel Boutique San Sebastián, Diabo Valley, Far Out Trails, Explorer Travel Services, JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, Outings & Adventures.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


LGBT travelers face some of the biggest challenges
Chicago Tribune
Josh Noel of the Chicago Tribune writes: As a white heterosexual American male, there are certain things — OK, plenty of things — I don't need to think twice about. One of them is travel. There obviously are places where being a white, heterosexual American male will work against me (probably the American part, mostly), but usually I'm not too concerned for my well-being in the places I am most likely to visit.
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Japan pulls a kimono out of the closet
The Huffington Post
From its earliest interactions with Dutch and Portuguese traders, Japan has kept foreigners at a distance, struggling to maintain its unique cultural identity in our increasingly globalized world. Normative family values are so pervasive that gender equality has progressed with the speed of a striking snail, and public discussion of LGBT issues has been muted. And yet its rituals of hospitality are unrivaled in their intricacy and graciousness.
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After Adoption sees massive increase in number of LGBT adopters
Pink News
Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of the child adoption placements achieved by After Adoption in the last 12 months were placed with parents whom identified as LGBT. Families that Last, the family finding service of After Adoption, the leading national adoption support services provider, is highlighting that sexuality is not a factor in its search for loving adoptive families during this LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, 2–8 March, 2015, organized by New Family Social.
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China's 'homowives' are becoming unlikely champions for gay rights
Quartz
After her marriage was over, just looking at a wedding photo would make Qiu Xuan feel awful. The 29-year-old, a video editor at a communications company in Guangzhou, China, could tell by the picture that she wasn't half of a happy couple that day, even though she was the one wearing a white veil.
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Uganda's 'kill the gays' bill is back
The Daily Beast
David Bahati, the sponsor of Uganda's notorious Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA), announced recently that he intends to reintroduce the bill in parliament, after a court found it invalid for procedural reasons last August. But this time will be different. President Yoweri Museveni is under heavy pressure not to once again invite international condemnation by supporting it.
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LGBT couples turn a Lunar New Year tradition into a plea for acceptance
PRI
The Chinese Lunar New Year is often spent with family, and married couples traditionally give red envelopes to unmarried relatives during the first days of the new year. It's meant as a gesture of goodwill, but it's also a dreaded moment for some gay and lesbian people. That's because same-sex couples aren't recognized in major Chinese societies, including Hong Kong. To address the problem, an LGBT activist group called Action Q launched a campaign in Hong Kong this year called "Celebrating Lunar New Year with Gay People."
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Cape Town, South Africa, pride a celebration of human rights
Eyewitness News
Organizers of Cape Town Pride in South Africa say the event has grown exponentially over the years. The parade kicked off a short while ago. The event highlights human rights, in particular the rights of homosexuals. One of the organizers, Matthew van As says, "Cape Town Pride and pride events in general around the world have moved on."
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Why more Americans accept gay marriage than ever
The Atlantic
Same-sex marriage remains a hot-button issue for fictional politicians. House of Cards, for example, recently inserted a testy exchange between actor Kevin Spacey's President Frank Underwood and a reporter questioning his fuzzy stance on gay marriage. But in reality, it's reached a "turning point," according to Jo Becker, investigative reporter with The New York Times and author of Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality.
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New York City mayor to skip St. Patrick's parade over policy on gays
The Associated Press via Auburn Citizen
Mayor Bill de Blasio is not planning to march in the nation's biggest and oldest St. Patrick's Day parade unless its organizers change their limitations on displays of gay pride. De Blasio skipped the march a year ago and currently intends to do so again, aides to the mayor said recently. This year, one group is permitted to carry an LGBT-themed banner in the March 17 parade up Fifth Avenue but the mayor, a Democrat, does not feel that change is enough.
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International visitors spent a record $222 billion in the US last year
Skift
The United States received a record $222.3 billion boost to the national economy from international visitors in 2014, the National Travel and Tourism Office reported recently. This is a 4 percent increase over the $214.8 billion reported for 2013. Americans spent an estimated $146.7 billion abroad last year creating a $75.7 billion travel-trade surplus.
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