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IGLTA 2017 host city: St. Petersburg, Florida
For the first time, a city on Florida's Gulf Coast will host our Annual Global Convention, the premier educational and networking event for the LGBT tourism industry. St. Petersburg, home to the largest Pride event in Florida and a longtime supporter of LGBT travel, was selected as the site for the 34th edition of the conference, 3-6 May 2017 by the association's board of directors. All daytime events will be held at The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club overlooking Tampa Bay.
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Raffle prizes needed to support IGLTAF
Please consider donating a travel package, tour, or hotel stay from your business for an online raffle scheduled for 15-30 September to benefit the IGLTA Foundation. Your generous contribution will help improve the LGBT travel industry by supporting the next generation of LGBT tourism professionals, small businesses in emerging destinations, and global research to assist our members with strategic planning. For more information, email
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The association recently conducted an SEO audit of and will be implementing the recommended changes in the coming weeks to improve the website's ability to direct business to our members. Don't forget to keep your profile updated with your current social media links, contact information, and photos. If you need profile assistance, please contact
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The US and Chile got the UN Security Council to talk LGBT rights
The Huffington Post
The most powerful body at the United Nations had its first ever conversation about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. A group of speakers — including two gay Middle Eastern survivors of anti-LGBT persecution by the Islamic State militant group, as well as U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and an advocate for global LGBT equality — addressed an informal gathering of top diplomats whose countries sit on the U.N. Security Council.
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Tony Abbott says 'it's OK to be gay' but insists same-sex marriage is not OK
The Guardian
Tony Abbott has affirmed the principle that "it is OK to be gay" as he drew a distinction between the dignity of people regardless of their sexuality and the issue of same-sex marriage. The prime minister, who firmly opposes same-sex marriage, also said he would "accept wholeheartedly" the verdict if Australians endorse the change in the so-called people's vote he has promised some time in the next term of parliament.
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Marriage equality isn't enough
U.S. News & World Report
The progressive movement has always stood for the basic principle that we have a shared responsibility to leave to the next generation a country that is more equal and more fair. Throughout the last century, efforts to expand circles of opportunity for women, people of color and LGBT Americans have found a welcome home in that movement.
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LGBT South Asian Americans remain 'hidden' post-Supreme Court ruling
NBC News
In the late 1980s, eleven members of the newly-established South Asian LGBT group, Trikone, marched during San Francisco's Pride Parade in multicolored lungis and kurtis, wearing masks to conceal their identities. Their presence roiled California's burgeoning South Asian community. "People didn't think there was such a thing as Indian homosexuals. To many people, if you're homosexual, you must be a hijra," recalled parade attendee Rann Shinar, 73, one of Trikone's earliest members.
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New Ugandan LGBT publication makes huge impact
San Diego LGBT Weekly
A new Ugandan LGBT publication, Bombastic Magazine, is looking to protect the community by telling their authentic stories. Kasha Jacqueline, one of the founders of Bombastic Magazine and the LGBT movement in Uganda, says that, "changing the hearts and minds of regular Ugandans I the most crucial step in triggering real change." She goes on to write that it is, "better able to build empathy rather than just educate. Nothing sways public opinion faster than storytelling."
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For Kazakhstan's LGBT community, a struggle for recognition and rights
Last month, the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan made the news, as it competed with Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Kazakhstan lost its bid, but the effort drew attention to the problems faced by the country's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Human rights campaigners were hoping that if Kazakhstan were chosen, the country would face international pressure to improve conditions for people with different sexual and gender orientations.
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Panama bill calls for jail time for anti-gay hate crimes
The Tico Times
Gay rights activists in Panama presented a bill to lawmakers that would make hate crimes against gays, lesbians and transsexuals illegal — and punishable by up to a year in jail. "What we want is for the Panamanian state to recognize our sexual orientation and gender identity, so we can be citizens legally speaking," said Ricardo Beteta. His group, the Association of New Men and Women of Panama, is a sponsor of the bill.
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Is it hard to be LGBT in Japan?
New Now Next
A Japanese man created a YouTube video that takes a deeper look at what it means to be LGBT in his country. Attending Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2015, he listened to members of the community share their thoughts and stories. One man attributed the acceptance issues they’re currently facing to a lack of visibility.
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'Being gay in the Islamic State': Men reveal chilling truth about homosexuality under Isis
The Independent
Men who fled war-torn Syria have spoken about the horror of being gay in the so-called Islamic State, in a meeting with the UN Security Council. Ambassadors heard chilling details of the men's treatment, with one who hid his identity out of fear for his safety telling them: "In my society, being gay means death."
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