IGLTA eNewsletter
Aug. 12, 2015

LGBT party at ASAE a success for IGLTA Foundation
Thanks to the generous support of host Meet Minneapolis, approximately 200 people attended the 12th Annual LGBT Party to support the IGLTA Foundation during the ASAE (Center for Association Leadership) conference in Detroit. The 10 August event, held at Bookies Bar, raised more than $5,000 in donations, including a $3,500 check from Meet Minneapolis, Platinum Global Partner Delta Air Lines, Hilton Minneapolis, and Visit Salt Lake. The funds will help to support the development of future LGBT tourism leaders, gay-friendly businesses in emerging destinations and global research to further understanding of LGBT travel. If you'd like to support the IGLTA Foundation's efforts, please consider making a donation here.More

Advertise in the 2016 convention journal
There's no better way to elevate the profile of your business with LGBT travel influencers than by participating in our Annual Global Convention. You can increase your business's visibility even further in Cape Town, South Africa, 14-16 April 2016, with an ad in the convention journal, which is distributed to all attendees. Reserve today and take advantage of early bird pricing until 31 October 2015. For additional information, email toni.reckley@iglta.org.More

IGLTA discount and a White House insider at ASTA
IGLTA has teamed up with the American Society of Travel Agents to offer an exclusive session on selling to the LGBT market at the ASTA Global Convention Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in Washington, D.C. Panelists include Lisa Cook of Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Tom Alderink of Belmond and Jeff Gundvaldson of Brand g Vacations. In return, ASTA is giving all IGLTA members $50 off the registration fee by using the promo code IGLTAPride when registering. Anyone who has already registered will also receive the discount. The convention, held at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel, also will feature an inside scoop on the 2016 U.S. presidential race from White House insider/ABC News correspondent Ann Compton.More

Australian support for marriage equality ramps up ahead of bill
The News Hub
Streets across the nation were cordoned off this weekend to pave way for thousands of protesters showing support for a marriage equality bill to be introduced in Parliament. With 5000 campaigners hitting the streets in Brisbane, Australia, and 1500 in Hobart on 8 August and then a further 4000 in Sydney and 500 in Perth on 9 August, the issue clearly remains relevant within Australian politics.More

Nepal issues its 1st 3-gender passport to recognize LGBT citizens
The Huffington Post Canada
Nepal has issued its first passport under a third-gender category for sexual minorities. Activist Manoj Shahi, who is transgender and prefers to be called Monica, became the first recipient of a category "O" passport. "This is a very welcoming move. It is a huge recognition for all sexual minorities of Nepal," Shahi told the Himalayan Times.More

US ambassador becomes face of Vietnam's LGBT evolution
NBC News
Vietnam hosted its 4th LGBT Pride celebration this year in Hanoi, the capital of the nation and its second largest city. Among the revelers was Ted Osius, the US Ambassador to Vietnam. Despite persistent rain on the fourth and final day of the festivities, Osius, who is openly gay, rode through the streets of Hanoi with over 300 other cyclists to support LGBT rights in Vietnam. More

Parents of LGBT people in China are helping spread acceptance
Out Magazine
China is still a long way away from legalizing marriage equality, says activist Lin Xianzhi, father of an openly gay son, Lin Xiaotao, but he thinks it's inevitable. Such optimism seems out of place in a country that only decriminalized homosexuality in 1997, and only removed it from its list of mental illnesses in 2001. Lin Xianzhi, however, is on the forefront of the battle to change public opinion, inspired by his son's coming out five years ago.More

Coming out of the shadows at Uganda's LGBT pride parade
The Washington Post
On 8 August, with music bumping, 400 participants marched while gleefully dancing, cheering and waving rainbow flags. It looked like the scene of countless other pride parades across the globe, but in Uganda — where same-sex relationships are punishable by up to 14 years in prison and many members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community live in fear — the parade was a message from that community to the country that doesn't support them.More

Latin America's transgender-rights leaders
The New Yorker
About three weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, the Colombian government issued a directive that received little international notice. On 4 June, the government announced that it would allow Colombian citizens to change their gender on identity documents without first undergoing gender-reassignment surgery or obtaining permission from a medical professional. More