IGLTA eNewsletter
Jul. 29, 2015

IGLTA member discount for ASTA Global Convention
IGLTA has teamed up with the American Society of Travel Agents to offer an exclusive session on selling to the LGBT market at the ASTA Global Convention Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in Washington, D.C. Panelists include Lisa Cook of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Tom Alderink of Belmond and Jeff Gundvaldson of Brand g Vacations. In return, ASTA is giving all IGLTA members $50 off the registration fee by using the promo code IGLTAPride when registering. Anyone who has already registered will also receive the discount. Rates increase 1 Aug. The convention will be held at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel.More

Discounted fares to Cape Town for #IGLTA2016
Annual Global Convention Presenting Sponsor South African Airways is offering deeply discounted trade fares from JFK and IAD to our 2016 conference. Regional discounts are also available for travel within Africa pre- or post-event. Additional discounts are available from SAA global gateways and the SkyTeam Alliance.More

New IGLTA consumer ads
Be on the lookout for new IGLTA web banners and print ads via our partner and member media outlets. A special thank you to the association members who provided travel images for this campaign: The Colombian LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Hotel Granvia Kyoto, Out Adventures, Pink Iceland, South American Travel Experts and The BFE. If you'd like to contribute images from your business for upcoming collage ads, please email our Communications Director: loann.halden@iglta.org.More

Boy Scouts end ban on gay leaders, over protests by Mormon Church
The New York Times
The Boy Scouts of America on 27 July ended its ban on openly gay adult leaders. But the new policy allows church-sponsored units to choose local unit leaders who share their precepts, even if that means restricting such positions to heterosexual men.More

Jamaica to hold 1st LGBT pride celebration
Out Traveler
Jamaica is, sadly, a country renown for its violent homophobia, a place where the LGBT population the Human Rights Watch have said largely "live in constant fear." Homosexuality between men is illegal (a holdover from British Colonial law), yet the Caribbean nation is nonetheless set to hold its first ever Pride celebration next week. While security concerns prevent a parade, organizers have planned an full week of events. More

Obama defends gay rights on Kenya trip
There is perhaps no wider chasm between the United States and Africa than over the issue of gay rights. The tension was thrown into sharp relief during U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip to Kenya, the first visit of a serving U.S. President to this East African Nation.More

Supreme Court ruling bolsters Australian marriage campaign
The Washington Blade
Australian advocates say last month's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples nationwide has bolstered efforts around the issue in their own country. Australian Marriage Equality National Director Rodney Croome told the Washington Blade during a Skype interview from the Tasmanian capital of Hobart on 8 July that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Obergefell case has "really buoyed marriage equality supporters."More

Gay rights in Eastern Europe: A new battleground for Russia and the West
The Washington Post
The first time this tiny Baltic nation held a gay pride march, the minuscule crowd was pelted with rotten eggs and bottles under the copper-green spires of Riga's medieval old city. The participants — all 40 of them — fled to safety in a church. That was a decade ago. This year's parade drew thousands from across Europe, and the egg-throwers stayed at home.More

Gay man brings legal challenge over blood donation ban
The Irish Times
A young gay man has brought a High Court challenge after being told he is permanently deferred from donating blood here after he disclosed having had a sexual encounter with another man six months earlier. Tomás Heneghan, a student from Castlegar, Co Galway, has brought judicial review proceedings arguing he considers blood donation his civic responsibility.More

Swedish nationalists plan gay 'pride' march through Muslim areas of Stockholm
Swedish nationalists are planning a gay "pride" march through Muslim-majority districts in the country's capital, according to media reports and a dedicated Facebook page. The march, called "Pride Järva," is scheduled to take place on July 29, and will pass through Tensta and Husby, majority-Muslim districts in Stockholm's north. More

The fascinating history of gay resort towns
These days there seems to be gay everything — gay cruises, gay television channels, gay magazines, gay festivals and the list goes on. But, as you well know, it wasn't always this way ... not by a long shot. For the vast majority of recorded history, being gay was, at best, something to be hidden. At worst, it was grounds for being abused, fired and even arrested.More