IGLTA eNewsletter
Feb. 4, 2015

Open call for IGLTA Board nominations
IGLTA is seeking visionary, enthusiastic and dynamic leaders to join the association board of directors. These individuals will work closely with other board members and staff to help IGLTA realize its mission, meet its goals and deliver on its priorities. Complete the application and then submit to nominations@iglta.org. The application deadline is 5 p.m. EST on 9 February. More

Welcome new members!
Join us in supporting the businesses that joined IGLTA in January: RASK Travel, Trip Mate, Inc., W Los Angeles – Westwood, Bamboo Private Islands, FNQ Magazine, HanaTour USA, Villa Small Paradise, Unique Travel & Getaways, Talento Consultores, Pink Media Group, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Hotel Le Chantecler, Hotel Klooster, Armyras Taxidia, Flytographer Enterprises, The Walnut Grove Cookery School, Nomadic Ecuador, Chile Escape Travel, MHTour - Krafte Viagen e Turismo Ltda. More

Help us to improve IGLTA
To help us improve our association and better assist our members, please take five minutes to tell us about the service that you have received to date. Participants will be entered in a drawing to win a one-year complimentary IGLTA membership and 12 months of a Featured Listing for their business. Featured Listings will display your membership profile at the top of search results on IGLTA.org. Take survey.More

Are you ready for #IGLTA2015?
Register now for our 32nd Annual Global Convention, 8-11 April, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. igltaconvention.org More

Small business spotlight
This recurring feature celebrates the small business members of our association, such as Gay Escapes, an online travel site that aims to deliver a seamless gay travel experience wherever you and your partner may need to go; and Planetdwellers, which offers small group tours of Australia's iconic landmarks, from the depth of the Great Barrier Reef to the heights of Uluru. More

Hosting the Gay Games meant more than a 1-time economic boost
VideoBriefHosting last summer's Gay Games has meant more than just a one-time $50 million economic boost for Cleveland. The international event has cut into the perception some have that the city is just another backwards Midwestern burg.More

Challenges exist, but Africa can be safe place for LGBT travelers
Travel Weekly
Africa has come into the spotlight over the past months as a destination for LGBT travelers, despite the fact that many countries on the continent are adopting strict anti-gay regulations. The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) recently announced it is partnering with World Travel Market Africa (WTM Africa) 2015 to bring awareness and visibility to LGBT travel in Africa.More

Fearful of attacks, more LGBT Russians seeking US asylum
Al Jazeera America
"To be gay in Russia ... it's like a nightmare," says Anatoly Kazakov. Kazakov, 25, fled Russia in 2013, settled in the Washington, D.C., region and was granted asylum by the United States in September. He told America Tonight that many people back home believe gays have a mental illness.More

Gay-rights group to propose national strategy for elder LGBT housing
The Washington Times
A group that promotes rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders is announcing plans for a national strategy to address LGBT elder housing needs recently at an event that will feature a senior adviser at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. More

Pakistani LGBT community's fight for rights
Al Jazeera
The transgender community in Pakistan has gained ground with the Supreme Court recognizing a third gender on national identity cards, however, it remains widely discriminated against in the conservative society. Transgender people are often found living at the margins of society with low social status and few employment opportunities. They generally earn a living through begging, or engaging in the sex trade, or as dancers at weddings and other celebrations where men and women are strictly segregated.More

Northern Ireland: Hundreds rally against DUP bill that would permit anti-gay discrimination
Pink News
Over a thousand people have attended a protest against a planned "conscience clause" bill, that would permit anti-gay discrimination. DUP minister Paul Givan has tabled a bill in the Northern Ireland Assembly that would effectively exempt people with "strongly held" religious convictions from equality laws — allowing them to discriminate against gay people.More

A bright future on the horizon for LGBT travel in China
China may not seem the likeliest destination for a homosexual couple to spend their vacation but that presumption is being challenged by Tobias Holfelt, CEO of MB Market Maker. He believes the Chinese market is an untapped goldmine for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) tourism and he is teaching companies how to reap its benefits.More

Mormon Church's new LGBT stance draws mixed response from gay Mormons
The Huffington Post
Peter Harrison was rushing to class when he noticed a flurry of activity on his Facebook feed. Senior leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had just announced support for legislation that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination — and Harrison's LDS friends were giddily reposting the news.More

US lawmakers introduce bill to promote LGBT rights worldwide
U.S. lawmakers in both houses of Congress introduced a bill to protect and promote the rights of the international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The International Human Rights Defense Act, spearheaded by Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Rep. Alan Lowenthal of California, both Democrats, would appoint a special envoy within the U.S. Department of State to coordinate efforts to prevent discrimination and advance the rights of LGBT people worldwide. More