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Welcome new members!
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Please join us in welcoming the new businesses that joined the association in September: Galleria Park Hotel, Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Facets The Tour Company, Mai Globe Travels, Agriresort Leano, Dr Tan & Partners, Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa, Mugler Follies, Thompson Miami Beach, Courtyard by Marriott Bali Seminyak, CruiseOne - Robert Ryan and Ralph Martinelli, Hotel Rex, Bikes and Hikes LA
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Small business spotlight
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In this recurring eNews feature, we celebrate the small business members of our association, such as Prague4gay, an inbound tour operator and professional guiding service for all LGBT+ visitors and their friends to Prague and Czech Republic. And HawaiiGayTravel.com an inbound tour operator and professional guiding service for all LGBT+ visitors and their friends to Prague and Czech Republic. And HawaiiGayTravel.com which is Hawaii's oldest and largest travel agency, locally owned and staffed by Hawaiian residents.
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Chic Reception at WTM
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IGLTA and Platinum Partner Chic Outlet Shopping united to present the annual Chic Champagne and Canapés member networking reception at World Travel Market on 4 November. A lucky attendee won an EUR250 gift certificate to spend at any of the nine Chic Outlet Shopping Villages in Europe.
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Montenegro's Gay Pride Parade draws about 200 activists despite nation's conservative mindset
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Protected by hundreds of riot police, about 200 gay activists marched peacefully recently in Montenegro, a staunchly conservative Balkan country seeking EU membership. Carrying banners reading "Let's Love Each Other" or "This is Just Beginning," gay activists gathered in the capital, Podgorica, as police deployed heavily, practically blocking the city center.
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Arizona destinations court gay weddings
The Arizona Republic
As soon as same-sex marriage became legal in Arizona last month, Sedona hotel executive Daniel Carrillo knew he had to try to tweak an advertisement already submitted for next year's Pride Guide Arizona. Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, the 72-room resort where he is director of sales and catering, wants to go beyond its generalized "Meet me at Sedona Rouge" pitch in the publication for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
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Lawmaker wants Russian travel ban on Apple's CEO Tim Cook
The Moscow Times
Conservative lawmaker Vitaly Milonov has slammed Apple's CEO Tim Cook for coming out as gay recently, saying the chief executive should be banned from entering Russia because he could have AIDS. "What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, AIDS, gonorrhea? They all have unseemly ties over there, prohibit their [homosexuals'] entry forever," Milonov, a prominent anti-gay campaigner, told the FlashNord news site.
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8 get prison in Egypt for alleged gay wedding
NBC News
An Egyptian court recently convicted eight men for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat, sentencing each of them to three years in prison. The Internet video shows two men exchanging rings and embracing among cheering friends. The eight were detained in September when a statement from the office of Egypt's chief prosecutor said the video clip was "shameful to God" and "offensive to public morals."
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Tasmania move to erase gay crimes from records
Sky News
Men convicted of now-defunct Tasmanian gay sex crimes would have such records erased under a proposal by the state's anti-discrimination commissioner. Seventeen years after the decriminalization of homosexuality on the island state, some men remain haunted by their record, and Robin Banks says it's time their convictions were disregarded forever.
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Gay community hit hard by Middle East turmoil
BBC
Jawad worked in sales in Syria before the war began. When his father found out he was gay, he had him arrested. After five years of hard labour, he emerged a broken man, only to find his country at war. Estranged from his family, he found himself dangerously exposed. Soon after his release, he was gang raped at gun point by four men from an armed group.
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For Asia's gays, Taiwan stands out as beacon
The New York Times
Waving rainbow flags and banners demanding same-sex marriage, the revelers set off from Taiwan's presidential palace, drawing cheers and thumbs-up from spectators along the way. For the 13th year in a row, the gay pride march took over the streets of the capital on 25 October in a boisterous, freewheeling demonstration of how far Taiwan has come in the two decades since multiparty democracy replaced martial law and authoritarian rule.
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The mayor of Rome refused to give same sex marriages contracted abroad
Fait Religieux.com
The mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino refused on 31 October to cancel the registration in the records of 16 same-sex marriages performed abroad, as ordered by the Minister of the Interior, and as such Unions are illegal in Italy. Ignazio Marino, whose decision has provoked heated debate in Italy, these marriages were registered in Spain in Belgium on the basis of a court decision in April that recognized same-sex marriages contracted abroad.
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Millennials are influencing digital travel trends more than ever
Forbes
Currently the travel industry's most influential customer, millennials are becoming more and more responsible for changing the way that we travel. A generation that has never experienced life without computers, millennials have come to expect everything to be available anywhere, anytime. And companies are taking notice.
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