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We are currently uploading materials from our 32nd Annual Global Convention as they are shared by the #IGLTA2015 speakers. You'll find links for educational sessions, media coverage and the annual IGLTA broadcast by The Focus Group on SiriusXM OutQ radio at
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Small business spotlight
Thanks to the foresight of a group of travel agents and guesthouse owners, IGLTA was established in 1983. In tribute to those early founders, this recurring feature showcases the small business members of our association, such as Transgender Vacations, a transgender-owned agency in Texas that is affiliated with Dynamic Travel & Cruises; and Surrender Villa, a 5,000-square-foot property located on 1.5 private acres in an exclusive, gated community in Westpunt, Curaçao.
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RIVENDELL MEDIA is the sales staff for more than 200 LGBT newspapers, magazines & entertainment guides & when you call us you are dealing directly with the publication. Rivendell Media will help you plan & execute media campaigns not only by region, city or budget but also by ethnicity, m/f readership, age & other critical indicators.

Time to blog!
The IGLTA blog is an opportunity for you to share your travel expertise with global LGBT travelers. All IGLTA members in good standing are welcome to submit posts. Please remember that the blog is a forum for LGBT travel information and stories from industry insiders; it's not advertising space. Your blog post can include a byline and your IGLTA profile link, but it should read as editorial copy.

General submission criteria:

  • Up to 400 words of text plus a short headline
  • 1-3 photos
  • Each member can submit once per month
  • Please advise if the post is time-sensitive and allow two weeks of lead time
  • All blog posts are subject to editing/final approval by IGLTA

  • Please submit questions and completed posts to Media Relations Director LoAnn Halden at

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    Castro's daughter sponsors blessing of Cuban gay couples
    The Associated Press via The Miami Herald
    The daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro sponsored a blessing ceremony Saturday for gay couples on an island where gay marriage remains illegal. Nearly two dozen gay couples held hands or embraced, some crying, as Protestant clergymen from the U.S. and Canada blessed them as part of official ceremonies leading up to the Global Day against Homophobia on May 17.
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    How the global LGBT movement can keep up its stunning momentum
    The Huffington Post
    It's still early days for the LGBT rights movement. Over the course of the past decade, public opinion has changed in ways that might have seemed unimaginable a generation ago. New, more tolerant laws are on the books in many countries. But advocates who focus on the global picture of LGBT rights say the movement is still in its infancy.
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    UK best nation in Europe for LGBT legal equality
    International Business Times
    Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people looking for the most legal equality can find it in the U.K. The country ranked highest among those providing legal protection for LGBT people, according to the 2015 Rainbow Europe Index, compiled by ILGA-Europe, an international human rights organization. Of the 49 European countries measured, the U.K. scored the highest, with 86 percent, followed by Belgium, with 83 percent, and Malta, with 79 percent.
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    LGBT activist: Kenya more tolerant, but still not safe
    Voice of America
    The Kenyan High Court — ignoring objections from a number of politicians and cultural leaders — has ruled that a gay and lesbian organization should be allowed to officially register. Things might be improving for the LGBT community in Kenya, but plenty of challenges still remain. When Kenyan lawyer Eric Gitari went to register his legal aid organization, the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, he was refused and told to find a less explicit name.
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    The Eden Roc Miami Beach
    Looking to lounge beneath swaying palms, artisanal cocktail in hand, or out for some raucous run in the sun, we have a scene to suit your mood. MORE
    The Premier Men's Resort of Palm Springs
    Originally built in 1940 in the California Mission Style, and former home to many Hollywood luminaries, recently upgraded with the same great vibe we have been known for MORE

    These Ukrainian billboards are aiming to combat anti-LGBT discrimination
    Billboards appeared in several Ukrainian cities recently calling for tolerance towards LGBT people, Jews, Roma, women and people with disabilities and living with HIV. This billboard shows the Ukrainian word for "homos" crossed out, followed by: "Gays. Use The Right Word."
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    Bill to ban conversion therapy for LGBT youth sent to Kate Brown's desk
    The Oregonian
    A bill to ban "conversion therapy" for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth is headed to Gov. Kate Brown's desk after receiving final approval from the Senate recently. House Bill 2307 would ban mental health care providers from using so-called conversion therapy — a practice that tries to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity — on people younger than 18.
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      City Break in Frankfurt am Main

    Come and visit Frankfurt’s Museum Embankment!
    Be it traditional or fine dining, Frankfurt has something for every taste.
    An array of LGBT bars and clubs may be found in the "Bermuda Triangle"
    Frankfurt loves to party: Feel the vibration on one of the many festivals!

    Does your guest have a service dog?
    By Kay Corriere
    People with dogs are seen everywhere. We love our animals and want to take them with us. The question is, are they really trained service animals? We think of dogs such as Labradors or Golden Retrievers as being trained assistance dogs, but what if you saw someone with a tiny Chihuahua? Would you automatically afford the person the same rights? Would a person with a dog that is not a trained service dog try and come into places where only trained therapy animals are allowed? These situations can prove difficult for hospitality professionals.
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    The 1st place in East Asia to welcome same sex marriage
    Over Tokyo's Rainbow Pride Weekend in late April, Ren married her partner of four years, Yae, on stage before hundreds of Japanese strangers. They were proud to tie the knot and be part of a milestone in Japan and East Asia, a region where same-sex partnerships have never previously been recognized.
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    It's all good news from the WTTC industry for the next 20 years
    Forbes contributor Ed Fuller writes: From time to time, I like to tout the strengths of the world's Travel and Tourism industry. I think most people know Travel and Tourism ranks among the most exciting and dynamic economic sectors on the planet. But, by any measure, 2014 was outstanding. The industry accounted for $7.6 trillion in revenues or 9.8 percent of the world's gross domestic product (GDP) and was responsible for providing 105 million jobs, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
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