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Join IGLTA at TIX in Orlando
We are partnering with Travel Industry Exchange this year in an effort to continue expanding the association's buyer outreach. The event will be held in Orlando 15-17 September at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort and includes specialist accreditation for travel agents. IGLTA will lead the "LGBT Destination and Travel Trends" session in the Wedding and Romance Travel Specialist certification program with Belmond, Cruise Planners, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at 4:30 p.m., 16 September. IGLTA members receive 10 percent off tables at the event, which includes an appointment system for one-on-one meetings. To reserve a table, please contact Caren Cotto, TIX Business Development Director, at
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Get ready for #IGLTA2016
Time to start planning for the 33rd Annual Global Convention in Cape Town. Booking links are available on the convention website for our host property, the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, where all convention day sessions will take place, and the Hilton Cape Town City Centre, our overflow hotel.
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Small business spotlight
The foresight of small business owners led to the creation of IGLTA in 1983, so we honor that entrepreneurial spirit with this ongoing feature. Please join us in supporting current small business members of the association, such as Capital Coast Resort & Spa in Cyprus, nestled between the ancient harbour of Pafos and the beautiful sandy beaches of Coral Bay; and Monarch Luxury Management, which offers top-notch modern villas in the Dominican Republic and Tulum, Mexico.
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Survey: Australians support national referendum on gay marriage
International Business Times
The issue of gay marriage has become one of the most challenging for the Abbott government as it strives to strike a balance between its conservative stand and people's demand. A recent poll has shown that majority of Australians support a national referendum on gay marriage be held before the parliament takes any step towards it.
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Same-sex couples sue over Mississippi adoption ban
Clarion-Ledger via USA TODAY
A lawsuit filed recently is seeking to overturn a ban forbidding same-sex couples from adopting children in Mississippi, the last state in the nation to deny adoption to homosexuals. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Mississippi by the Campaign for Southern Equality on behalf of four Mississippi same-sex couples.
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Survey: Vietnam's LGBT people need safer working environment
Tuoi Tre News
The LGBT community in Vietnam needs a safer working environment, a recent survey shows. Workplace is among places where LGBT people are most discriminated against, besides their family, schools, and the society, ICS, an organization that supports LGBT community's rights in Vietnam, revealed at a workshop, citing findings from its survey.
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Syrian and Iraqi members of LGBT community have found a haven — of sorts — in Istanbul
The Independent
Sweat drips down brows and whirling lights illuminate the faces of the energized crowd slips into Tek Yön, Istanbul's best-known gay club. You may think of Istanbul as a place of postcard-pretty mosques, winding markets and exotic spices. Or you may recently have heard it mentioned in the news, as a gateway for foreign jihadists headed to Syria and Iraq.
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Guam lawmakers pass LGBT bills
Washington Blade
Lawmakers in Guam on 12 August approved bills that formally extend marriage rights to same-sex couples and ban anti-LGBT discrimination in the U.S. territory. KUAM reported members of the Guam Senate by a 13-2 vote margin approved a bill that amends the island's legal code to create "equality in civil marriage." Lawmakers unanimously passed the anti-discrimination measure.
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US, Chile put spotlight on extremist attacks on LGBT people
The Associated Press via ABC News
The United States and Chile are putting the spotlight on "the barbaric treatment" of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people by the Islamic State extremist group. U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power and Chile's U.N. Ambassador Cristian Barros Melet have invited members of the U.N. Security Council to an open meeting on 24 August to hear from an Iraqi and a Syrian who have been targeted by the militant group for being gay, the head of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and others.
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Cayman Islands reaffirms ban on gay marriage in wake of European court verdict
Gay Star News
Lawmakers in the Cayman Islands have reacted to a European Court of Human Rights verdict declaring legal recognition of same-sex relationships to be a human right in Europe by passing a new motion reaffirming the Caribbean nation's ban on gay marriage.
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    US ambassador becomes face of Vietnam's LGBT evolution (NBC News)
Nepal issues its 1st 3-gender passport to recognize LGBT citizens (The Huffington Post Canada)
Parents of LGBT people in China are helping spread acceptance (Out Magazine)

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