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We are pleased to announce the association's newest Silver Global Partner. Belmond Ltd. is a global collection of exceptional hotel and luxury travel adventures in some of the world's most inspiring and enriching destinations. Established almost 40 years ago with the acquisition of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the company owns and operates 45 unique and distinctive hotel, rail and river cruise experiences. The company has just launched, a microsite designed specifically with the LGBT market in mind. Welcome Belmond!
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Don't miss out on the lowest pricing for our 32nd Annual Global Convention, 8-11 April, 2015 in Los Angeles. This is the premier educational and networking event for the LGBT tourism industry, with sessions targeting worldwide marketing and tourism trends and a one-of-a-kind buyer/supplier marketplace. Early-bird registration discounts end 31 December, 2014. Interested in increasing your convention visibility? Ad space is available in the Annual Global Convention Journal. Reserve today!
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The association is launching a new series of consumer ads featuring a collage of globe-spanning LGBT travel photos. If you'd like to have a photo from your business included in the imagery, please email IGLTA Media Relations Director LoAnn Halden at for details before 15 December.
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More wedding ceremonies available for gay couples, but legal barriers remain
The Asahi Shimbun
Two men exchanged vows, held hands and slowly walked down a red carpet. Onlookers cheered, cameras flashed and soap bubbles floated in the air. With rings on their left hands, the smiling couple said they had gained confidence in the wedding ceremony. The Oct. 11 ceremony, part of the Kansai Rainbow Festa for sexual minorities in Osaka, Japan's, Kita Ward, is part of a growing trend among companies offering wedding-related services to same-sex couples.
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IOC moves to support gay rights in Olympics
Chicago Tribune
Nine months after a Sochi Winter Olympics embattled by the host country’s anti-gay legislation, the International Olympic Committee took a philosophical stand Monday against future intolerance surrounding an Olympic Games. "There is no greater sign of progress in combating homophobia in sports than to have the oldest organized athletic competition in the history of the world saying enough is enough," Hudson Taylor, executive director of gay rights group Athlete Ally, said in a statement immediately after the IOC added "sexual orientation" to the anti-discrimination language of the Olympic Charter.
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Pope Francis says the Catholic Church should support families with gay children — but that same-sex marriage has 'not crossed our minds'
The Independent
The Catholic Church's stance on gay rights continues to be a source of confusion, as official acceptance of LGBT people emerges on a seemingly intermittent basis. Following the recent synod, Pope Francis has again spoken out about homosexuals — as he said the Catholic Church must help parents to stand by their gay children.
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Rights bill sought for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans
The New York Times
As barriers to same-sex marriage fall across the country, gay rights advocates are planning their next battle on Capitol Hill: A push for sweeping legislation to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination, similar to the landmark Civil Rights Act that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed in 1964.
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Net tightening on gay and lesbian west Africans
The Guardian
The tipoff late one night wasn't unexpected. Since the crime of "aggravated homosexuality" had come into force in the Gambia in October, Theresa had been living in fear. Then a friend who worked for the country's notorious police force warned her she would be targeted in a raid in a few hours' time. Theresa's crime was being a lesbian.
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Gay culture gains increasing acceptance in China
The Times of India
China is increasingly opening up to gays and lesbians with a new survey showing 59 per cent of Chinese people saying the society should accept homosexuals. Fifty-nine percent of 2,400 city residents interviewed in a survey said that society should accept homosexuals while 21 percent said they know gay people, state-run Global Times reported recently.
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Putin says Russia respects LGBT rights, but prefers traditional values
Sputnik News
Russia respects the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, but promoting traditional family values will remain the government's "strategic choice," Russian President Vladimir Putin said recently. "We have no plans to persecute people of non-traditional [sexual] orientation," Putin said at a meeting with human rights activists. "But a traditional family … is our strategic choice."
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Hospitality brand survival: Gen X and millennial markets
By Kay Corriere
Until the early 2000s, it was all about the baby boomers, born 1946-1965. The 49-68-year-olds drove restaurant and lodging prosperity with excessive discretionary spending. Hospitality companies that marketed to the boomers' peak spending years saw increases in sales and market share. Now, aging baby boomers' spending habits have changed with impending retirement. Chains that built business models around the baby boomers' partialities are now struggling to attract a younger clientele.
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    Gay Games pumped $52 million into Cleveland-area economy, says new study (The Plain Dealer)
Poland has elected its 1st openly gay city mayor (Quartz)
Being gay in China: Does the rainbow flag fly free? (CNN)
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