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Successful networking at WTM
IGLTA united with partners, members, and potential members during World Travel Market (3-6 November) at ExCel in London for the promotion of global LGBT tourism. A highlight of the four-day trade show was the IGLTA Member Networking Reception sponsored by member made at Ku Klub Leicester Square. An estimated 400 tourism professionals and media passed through the doors during the three-hour event. Raffle tickets were sold to benefit the nonprofit IGLTA Foundation, raising 500GBP. Thank you to the Nice CVB and the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB/Pineapple Point Guesthouse & Resort along with English National Opera, The Brighton Centre, Planet Hollywood, Hard Rock Café London, Big Bus sightseeing, Marks & Spencer, and Acne Studios Stockholm (via made) for their generous donations of raffle prizes. Visit our Facebook page for photos from the reception.
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Chic winners
A special thank you to our Platinum Global Partner Chic Outlet Shopping for hosting the Chic Champagne and Canapés reception during World Travel Market again this year and providing two 250GBP/EUR gift certificates valid at any of the nine Chic Outlet Shopping Villages in Europe for a prize drawing. Congratulations to the winners: Uwern Jong of Out There and journalist Elizabeth Hotson.
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Small business spotlight
In this recurring eNews feature, we celebrate the small business members of our association, such as True Travel Experts, a Mexico-based company providing unforgettable experiences for gay travelers and their friends; and BUERental Vacation Apartments Argentina in the heart of Buenos Aires, stylish accommodations that include English-speaking concierge services.
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Middle East's LGBT communities forgotten in the revolution
For the Middle East's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, the grassroots upheavals in many Arab countries – and promised reforms in the Islamic Republic of Iran – have not produced a sexual liberation movement. Meanwhile, rollbacks in Turkey's limited freedoms to LGBTs also are on the rise.
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Gay veterans to march in Boston's Veterans Day parade for 1st time
Stars and Stripes
The city's annual Veterans Day parade will include a group representing LGBT military veterans for the first time. OutVets, a recently-formed nonpartisan and nonpolitical group based in Boston, expects between 10 to 30 people to march recently in matching polo shirts and baseball caps. The downtown parade covers Boston Common and passes City Hall and historic Faneuil Hall.
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LGBT activists urge UN to designate 'reparative therapy' a form of torture
A delegation of American LGBT activists is traveling to Geneva, Switzerland tomorrow to make the case to the UN Committee on Torture that "conversion therapy" is a form of torture and should be designated as such in international law. They intend to ask the Torture committee to declare "conversion therapy" a violation of international law under the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) that President Ronald Reagan signed in 1988 and was ratified under President Bill Clinton in 1994.
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Latvian Minister declares he's gay, exposing fault lines of new culture war in Europe
The New York Times
When Latvia's foreign minister, Edgars Rinkevics, declared on Twitter recently that he was "proud to be gay," the announcement was welcomed there by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists, who have faced open hostility from social conservatives in the former Soviet republic.
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Legal ruling offers hope for transgenders in Malaysia
South China Morning Post
Malaysian transgender woman Nisha Ayub was just 21 when she was stopped by religious officials on the streets of her hometown of Melaka. When they saw that her ID card identified her as a Muslim male, she was arrested and sentenced under sharia law to three months' jail for cross-dressing. She would endure a nightmare of humiliation and sexual abuse at the hands of inmates and a guard.
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For Super Bowl 50, NFL courts LGBT businesses
San Francisco Gate
It’s not quite painting a rainbow on the logo for Super Bowl 50, but it’s a step in that direction. The National Football League is showing a more inclusive side with its landmark 50th anniversary Super Bowl, which will be played at the 49er's new Levi's Stadium. The league and event organizers are set to announce recently that, for the first time, the NFL will expand its outreach on contracting opportunities for the 2016 event to businesses owned by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
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Russian lawmaker Vitaly Milonov angry at 'same-sex wedding'
A legislator in the Russian city of St Petersburg has said he will seek to annul a marriage between two women, one of whom was born male. Vitaly Milonov, an opponent of gay rights, said the wedding on 8 November was an "insult" to Russian families. Gay marriage is banned in Russia, but the couple were not denied a ceremony because according to their passports one is a man, the other a woman.
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India: 300 take part in eighth gay pride march in Pune
Pink News
Around 300 people participated in the eighth gay pride march held in Pune, India's eighth largest city. The rally was organized by Samapathik Trust, a local men's sexual health organization. "This time we are specifically looking at youngsters who are petrified of coming out in the open about their sexual orientation," Bindumadhav Khire, president of Samapathik, told The Times of India.
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NEXT Vacations exclusive cruise groups

Pursue your passion for screening the best new independent gay and lesbian films on Modern Luxury cruises designed for the entire LGBT community, our families, friends and supporters. Cinema Diverse at Sea is NEXT Vacations’ exclusive groups aboard Celebrity Cruises and include All-Access film festival pass in one low fare.


A little bit of planning can mean a lot more traveling. Traveling by train will enhance your entire European experience: no airport hassles or wasted time, and more leisurely gourmet dining as you gaze through panoramic windows while being whisked from city center to city center. It’s no wonder trains are so popular, so make sure you book in advance to get the best prices and most choices. More info
Halifax, founded by General Edward Cornwallis in 1749, still preserves many of its original buildings and fortifications. Today it is a vibrant city, bustling with tourists who arrive by air, rail, ship and automobile to explore the wealth of beauty and history that the city has to offer. More info

US and China bid for tourism with expanded visa deal
The New York Times
Americans studying and working in China have welcomed the announcement that, starting Nov. 12, both China and the United States will begin offering each other's citizens multiple-entry visas of up to 10 years. President Obama announced the agreement in a speech Monday evening at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting, saying that students could receive five-year visas, while tourists and business travelers could be granted 10-year visas.
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Bringing cause marketing forward
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Marketing can be a fierce competition around the holidays, but for some companies the holiday season brings out their more humanitarian sides as well. As consumers start planning get-togethers with family and friends over long weekends, marketers tap into their customers' sentimental feelings and bring their chosen causes to the forefront of their campaigns (those marketers who have causes, anyway).
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