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LGBT NEWS & VIEWS

DRESS CODE
UAE imprisons transgender Singaporean and friend

24 AUG 2017: A transgender Singaporean and her friend have been sentenced to a year in prison in the capital of the United Arab Emirates for dressing in a feminine way, friends and family say. Abu Dhabi police did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday, but the two's arrest and quick sentencing show the danger that the LGBT community can face in the Mideast nation home to the famous nightclub scene of Dubai.

 


A DIFFERENT MESSAGE
Diversity equals strength

21 AUG 2017: Speakers at an anti-racism rally in Vancouver are calling for people to spread love, tolerance and understanding. About four thousand people attended the rally at Vancouver's city hall on Saturday, with many carrying signs that bore messages like “live with love” and “diversity equals strength.”

 


Angels in America review
Garfield and Lane excel

Two big questions surround this revival of Tony Kushner’s epic, two-part “gay fantasia on national themes”, which is beautifully staged by Marianne Elliott and boasts a starry cast headed by Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield.

 


The 50 best gay movies
the best in LGBT film making

Which movies are most beloved for the light they shine on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans experiences? Which screen stories involving LGBT characters are the most enduring, whether romances, horrors or comedies? Which are the most groundbreaking, politically or artistically? And which simply demand to be watched again and again?

 


HAVE SOME PRIDE
So much for diversity and inclusion

30 MAY 2017: Toronto police have received an invitation to participate in uniform at the New York City Pride March next month. The invitation comes amid a controversy over the exclusion of uniformed officers from Toronto's Pride Parade.

 


SAME SEX COUPLE CLAIM DISCRIMINATION BY AIRLINE

25 MAY 2017: A Florida man says a Southwest Airlines employee refused to let him board a flight as a family with his husband, their three children and a grandparent. Grant Morse said he was in the family boarding area at the gate at the Buffalo, New York, airport on Saturday when a gate agent told them the area is for family boarding.


TRANSGENDER AIRLINE TRAVEL

18 MAY 2017: Transgender Canadians and the NDP want the federal government to change a travel regulation that could allow officials to prevent members of their community from boarding a plane. The regulation prohibits air carriers from transporting a passenger if the person “does not appear to be of the gender indicated on the identification presented.”

 


IGLTA CHAIR AWARD 2017
Mariel Castro EspĂ­n honoured for LGBTQ Outreach Efforts

08 MAY 2017: Dr. Mariela Castro Espín will receive the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association’s prestigious Chair Award for 2017. it was announced Friday at IGLTA’s 34th Annual Global Convention in St. Petersburg, Florida.


2017 IGLTA AWARDS HONOUR INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES

11 APR 2017: The 34th Annual Global Convention of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association will celebrate businesses and individuals that have enhanced the landscape of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourism. The awards will be presented throughout the conference, 4-6 May, in St. Petersburg, Florida.


GENDER IDENTITY
Judge asks US to reconsider passport ruling

23 NOV 2016:  A federal judge on Tuesday asked the US State Department to reconsider its decision to deny a passport to a Colorado resident who does not identify as either male or female and refused to check a box for one of the genders on the passport application form.


ABSOLUTELY THE WRONG TIME AND PLACE

05 JUL 2016:  Sunday’s Pride Parade in Toronto was a success – and a disappointment.  It was a gorgeous afternoon. For the first time a Prime Minister walked in a Pride Parade, though not a first for the man himself – Justin Trudeau has been something of a regular at the Toronto parade. The Premier of the province, the Mayor of the city and countless other politicians - federal, provincial and municipal - police forces, and the military all marched, the navy band played “YMCA” and encouraged bystanders to sing and spell out the letters - there was a air of fun and exuberance in both the crowds watching and the marchers. It was a time to be thankful we live in a country where such a joyous event can take place.


LONDON LGBT PARADE WELCOMES EUROPEANS

MAY 2016: Britain's vote to leave the European Union has reverberated through London's boisterous LGBT pride festival.  The flags of European nations flew at the annual Pride in London parade, which ended with a rally in Trafalgar Square.


THE WORLD RESPONDS

14 JUN 2016: From around the world officials and public figures are expressing condemnation, condolences and shock over the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando on Sunday, when a gunman wielding an assault-type rifle opened fire, killing at least 49 people and wounding dozens.


TERROR IN ORLANDO
Fifty killed in worst single attack ever in the US

13 JUN 2016: A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.


GAY BRUSSELS

 Frederick Boutry loves his job. “I am passionate about changing people’s views of Brussels,” he says. The chargé de mission for the gay market at Visit Brussels, Boutry smiles as he reflects on his first press trip hosting in late 2009. “Many thought Brussels would be boring when they got the invitation,” he says acknowledging that for many, his city lives in the shadow of neighbouring LGBT heavy-hitter destinations like London, Paris and Berlin. “But that is changing.”


RAINBOW ROUNDUP

08 MAR 2016:  In this edition of Rainbow Roundup we take a look at LGBT news and events  happening around the globe.


JANUARY RAINBOW ROUNDUP
A monthly summary of LGBT news and events

04 FEB 2016:As much as Pride events around the world continue to be a voice for some in the LGBT community to raise awareness of political issues, for others it’s also a great party atmosphere. Similarly, politics often go hand-in-hand when this community makes decisions on where to travel. 


DECEMBER 2015 LGBT ROUNDUP

08 JAN 2016: Rainbow InFocus is your monthly wrap of LGBT news from around the world, spotlighting friendly places to travel to, latest developments in human rights, and other travel related tidbits of knowledge to make planning your next journey that much easier.


NOVEMBER RAINBOW ROUNDUP
A summary of LGBT news and events

02 DEC 2015: In response to the New York Times 52 places to visit in 2015, Out Traveler released their own list of 10 places LGBT travellers should not visit – Nigeria, Honduras, Zimbabwe, Jamaica, Senegal, Lithuania, Sudan, Egypt, Russia, and Uganda. Alternatively, The Guardian (UK) put Toronto at the top of their LGBT-friendly city travel list.


A FIRST FOR LGBT
Dedicated cruise line

30 OCT 2015: The world’s first year round cruise line dedicated to the LGBT community was announced this week. Miami based Anteros Cruises will launch service in April 2017 with sailings to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. The line, which will operate its own vessel will accommodate 400 passengers, providing a luxury yacht-like experience for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender travellers as well as their friends, family and supporters.


FORT LAUDERDALE CHASES THE TRANS MARKET
Local Food Scene is Also Transforming

30 SEP 2015: This week Fort Lauderdale’s tourism industry will roll out the rainbow carpet even further by welcoming the trans market. The city will be hosting the 25th annual Southern Comfort conference September 29 to October 3; an event that congregates 1000 plus trans delegates. Securing this event for a three-year run is one of a series of steps towards driving further visits among trans consumers.

 


PRETTY. TALENTED. FOUL MOUTHED.

23 SEP 2015: Azealia Banks was irate that she had to wait a few minutes to leave the plane while the couple ahead of her got their bags out of the overhead bins. The American rapper launched a foul-mouthed tirade on a flight attendant andtried to  physically attack a man after she was unable to disembark immediately.  


ST.PETE TO HOST IGLTA GLOBAL CONVENTION

31 AUG 2015:  St. Petersburg, Florida has won the bid for IGLTA’s 2017 Annual Global Convention.  Home to the largest Pride event in the state, St. Pete will be the first city on Florida’s Gulf Coast to host the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association’s Annual Global Convention, the premier educational and networking event for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourism industry.  The 34th edition of the conference, will be held 3-6 May 2017.








EAT, DRINK AND BE MARY
A Gay Guide on Where to Rest and Refuel in Orlando

“Our main goal is for all of our guests to feel comfortable and welcome at our hotel, and that certainly includes our LGBT travelers,” says Ron Reinhold, director of sales and marketing at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. “Orlando is well known as a family-friendly market, with all sorts of magic to discover and fabulous dining and shopping. As a member of the community myself, I’m proud to say that our hotel team understands well that the term ‘family’ has a much broader and deeper meaning now than ever before. However your family looks and feels, we want you to feel welcome, relaxed and at home.”


OVER THE RAINBOW
Fitting finish to World Pride Toronto

02 JUL 2014: Kathleen Wynne strode, Andrea Horvath and NDP leader Thomas Mulcair rode, John Tory ambled and Olivia Chow danced through the streets of Toronto at Sunday’s Pride Parade. In fact, Toronto did itself proud as it hosted over two weeks of hugely successful World Pride celebrations held for the first time in North America.

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