IGLTA eNewsletter
Aug. 5, 2015

IGLTA discount available for TBEX events
Join us at TBEX Asia in Bangkok (15-17 October) and TBEX North America in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, (28-30 October) and receive 20 percent off the registration price with the code iglta20. IGLTA will meet with travel bloggers during the speed networking sessions and help put the LGBT in TBEX through our new event partnership. TBEX is the largest conference and networking event dedicated to online travel journalists, travel brands and travel/tourism industry professionals.More

Welcome new members!
Please help us welcome the businesses that joined the association in July: Caribbean Villas Hotel, HDX Events, Travel with Magda, Vantage Intelligence, Kafuu Resort Fuchaku, Asia Rainbow Tours, Greentrek Turismo, ZanziResort, Kensington Traveler Services, Patagonia Trails, Ayaviva Ltd, Holidays France Rentals Limited.More

Small business spotlight
Our small business members are the heart of our association. It was through the efforts of a group of travel agents and gay guesthouse owners that IGLTA was created in 1983. Keep in mind members like the Benchmark Inn, just a few houses from the beach in Provincetown, Massachusetts, or the ELLA International Lesbian Festival on the gorgeous island of Mallorca, Spain when you're planning your next trip.More

Uganda's LGBT community celebrates Pride — discreetly
The Guardian
Uganda's annual Pride festival begins in Kampala on 5 August, with organizers promising a week-long celebration for the country's LGTB community. But rather than a triumphant parade through the city center, in Uganda Pride will be marked at secret locations away from the public eye.More

Australian senators go head-to head on gay marriage
BBC News
Several bills will come before the Australian parliament when it resumes next month proposing same-sex marriage be legalized. Ahead of any votes, two prominent government MPs have engaged in a live debate on the issue.More

16-year-old stabbed in Jerusalem Pride Parade succumbs to wounds
Three days after being critically wounded by an ultra-Orthodox man that went on a stabbing rampage at Jerusalem's Gay Pride Parade, Shira Banki, a 16-year-old Israeli teen succumbed to her wounds. Five other people were wounded in the attack. Police confirmed that the suspected stabber is Yishai Schlissel, a Haredi man from Modiin Ilit who stabbed three participants in the 2005 Gay Pride march. More

Is Cuba becoming a haven for LGBT rights?
Al Jazeera via Yahoo Maktoob News
Walking down the Malecon, Havana's broad coastal esplanade that runs past extravagant hotels built when Cuba was the playground of the United States' upper class, one can occasionally see a same-sex couple holding hands or stealing a kiss. Cuba, the socialist island nation and Cold War foe of the U.S. has made efforts to present itself as a Latin American bastion for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) individuals in the past decade.More

Kenyan leaders respond to Obama's support for LGBT rights
Kenyan politicians and church leaders have praised President Uhuru Kenyatta’s dismissal of gay rights as a "non-issue" during President Barack Obama's recent state visit to the country, local media report. Obama arrived in Kenya for a two-day visit his first visit to his father's homeland as president, before heading to Ethiopia for a one-day visit. More

Gay couples denied marriage licenses in Philippines
Pink News
Two same-sex couples have applied for marriage licenses in the Philippines. The couples — Maria Arlyn Ibanez and Joanne Reena Gregorio, and Crescencio Agbayani and Marlon Pelipe — hoped to raise awareness of LGBT rights in the predominantly Catholic country. Same-sex marriage is illegal in the Philippines.More

Study: How experiencing awe transforms the way you treat the people around you
From the researchers that brought you the conclusion that money makes people meaner comes a new paper: Having an awesome experience makes people nicer. "Awe has an important collective function," says Paul Piff, an assistant professor of psychology at University of California, Irvine, and the lead researcher on the new study.More