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Meet your ambassador: Betti Keese, Germany
Betti Keese, the newest volunteer member of our global ambassador team, has been an avid international traveler since a young age, having lived abroad many years before calling Berlin her home. Her education includes a background in sustainable tourism management, and she has worked for several tour operators and as an international tour guide for more than 12 years. In 2012, Betti decided to found her own company. GoBeyond is a travel service for the lesbian global community, offering tailor-made tours and small, selected group tours. Her next project is a lesbian travel blog. Betti also actively works with a variety of LGBT nonprofit organizations, following her goal to promote lesbian visibility across the globe. You may email her at Find out more about all of our ambassadors at
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Welcome new members!
Please join us in welcoming the businesses that joined the association in May: TROPICAL INCENTIVES DMC, India Someday Travels, Experience Columbus, City of St. Petersburg FL, Pride Travel, The William, El Secreto, Peru for Less, Gay Peru Travel, Minar Travels (India) Pvt. Ltd.
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Small business spotlight
Our association owes its creation to a small group of gay guesthouse owners and travel agents. This ongoing eNews feature celebrates the current small business members of IGLTA, such as HE Travel, offering deluxe small-group tours to all seven continents for gay men, lesbians and open-minded straight travelers; and Blue Horizon Hotel, which is ideally located in the heart of vibrant Robson Street in Vancouver's West End.
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Australian opposition party proposes same-sex marriage bill
An Australian political party has put forward a bill that would make same-sex marriage legal down under. Australia's opposition party leader Bill Shorten proposed a bill recognizing same-sex marriages making his center-left Labor party the country's first major political party to back a bill overturning the national ban.
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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.

Belmond names Tom Alderink 1st director of LGBT sales
Luxury Travel Advisior
Belmond has appointed Tom Alderink as the company's first director of LGBT sales. Based in New York, Alderink has worked with Belmond for more than ten years in leisure sales, evolving his role and becoming an authority on LGBT matters for the company. Alderink continues to hold the position of director of leisure sales for the Northeast (U.S.) in addition to his new title.
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Investing in Africa via the Cape
eTurbo News
Wesgro is making a case for investing in the rest of Africa via the Cape. Wesgro welcomes global business leaders, government and civil society to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa taking place in Cape Town from the 3-5 June. As the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, we will use the opportunity to pitch to the 83 global firms and 1,250 thought leaders attending on the advantages of operating out of our region.
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Ireland to extend workplace protections for LGBT employees
Gay Star News
In the wake of Ireland's referendum in favor of same-sex marriage, the country's Equality Minister has announced that there will be an extension in LGBT workplace protections. At the moment, although workplace protections for LGBT people exist under the country's Employment Equality Act, some employers are allowed exemptions.
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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

Key West, Florida, installs permanent rainbow crosswalks
The city of Key West is already naturally colorful but now it has added rainbow crosswalks. The colorful walkways were installed recently in the heart of the city's LGBT entertainment district, at the intersection of Duval and Petronia streets, reports the Miami Herald.
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Cambodia's LGBT community finds its voice with Q Magazine
NBC News
Cambodia, a country known for its abysmal human rights record and gender inequality, is now home to a print magazine geared toward the LGBT community and its allies. Q Cambodia, the country's first gay magazine, seeks to entertain, inform and bring more visibility to the community through interviews, stories and photos of both local Cambodians and foreigners, according to Sorel Thongvan, editor-in-chief of the magazine.
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Promoting opportunity for all Americans
U.S. Department of Labor
Pride Month gives us an opportunity to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans have had on our nation. Here at the U.S. Department of Labor, it's also a chance for us to recommit to ensure equal rights for LGBT workers, and to celebrate the great work we've done on this front. We have a responsibility to make sure that every worker has the same opportunity to pursue and realize their dreams, and we take that responsibility very seriously.
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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!

Mozambique decriminalizes homosexuality
Out Magazine
One of the most tolerant African countries in regards to homosexuality, Mozambique will mark a major milestone on 29 June, when homosexuality becomes legal. The criminalization of homosexuality — characterized as "vices against nature"— in the country stemmed from Portuguese colonial rule. In December 2014, former President Armando Guebuza signed a revised penal code into law, giving it 180 days to come into effect.
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Police reject LGBT application for pride parade
The Korea Observer
South Korea's Pride Parade has been rejected by the Namdaemun Police Station and Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency due to pressure from conservative groups according to the Korea Queer Cultural Festival's (KQCF) organizing committee. The Pride Parade originated in Seoul in 2000 with only 50 people attending. Last year around 20,000 people attended.
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United Nations: 'Brutal, grotesque' violence overshadows progress on LGBT equality
GMA News
Progress towards giving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people legal equality has been overshadowed by "brutal" and "grotesque" homophobic and transphobic violence which often goes unreported and unpunished, according to the United Nations. Hundreds of people have been killed and thousands injured in recent years, in violence that included knife attacks, anal rape and genital mutilation, as well as stoning and dismemberment, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said in a report.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    Israelis are ready to follow Ireland's lead and legalize gay marriage (HAARETZ)
4 Chinese travel trends you need to know (eHotelier)
Moscow Gay Pride March banned for 10th straight year, but organizers plan to 'hold some kind of action' (International Business Times)

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