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LGBT NEWS & VIEWS

BIGOTRY WITH COMPASSION
Bermuda has a laughable idea

12 MAR 2017: The man fighting the repeal of same-sex marriage has described the intention of politicians to try to increase LGBTQ tourism to Bermuda as “pretty ballsy”. Rod Ferguson reacted after Jamahl Simmons, the Minister of Economic Development and Tourism, told Bermuda’s House of Assembly on Monday of the importance of attracting the LGBTQ community to the island only three months after MPs voted to stop same-sex marriage by introducing the Domestic Partnership Act.

 


35TH ANNUAL IGLTA CONVENTION

28 FEB 2018: The 35th Annual International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) Global Convention will be held at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, May 9 to 12. This is the second time the organization has held their event in Toronto, the previous one being in 2009, and the sixth time in Canada - the others being Vancouver (1989/2004) and Montreal (1998/2007). It's a trade event for anyone in the tourism industry who wants to learn more about LGBT tourism and connect with industry leaders around the world.


HAWAII COURT SIDES WITH LESBIAN COUPLE

27 FEB 2018: A Hawaii bed and breakfast discriminated against a couple by denying a room to two women because they're gay, a state appeals court affirmed. Aloha Bed and Breakfast owner Phyllis Young had argued she should be allowed to turn away gay couples because of her religious beliefs. She appealed a 2013 lower court ruling that ordered her to stop discriminating against same-sex couples.

 


A RECORD YEAR FOR TOURISM
But can Bermuda repeat after repealing same sex marriage law

13 FEB 2018: Bermuda posted its best ever year for tourism in 2017. The island broke all previous records with 692,947 total arrivals, which is the highest figure since the Bermuda Tourism Authority began keeping track of data more than 50 years ago. Tourism spending was also up 20 percent to $431 million. However, there is a huge issue now hanging over tourism - Bermuda has just become the first country in the world to revoke a law allowing same-sex marriage.

 


DOPEY DECISIONS
Bermuda Says No to Same Sex Marriage, Yes to Cannabis

12 DEC 2017: In May, same sex couples in Bermuda won the right to marry. That lasted a short six months and has now been overturned as Parliament has passed the Domestic Partnership Act 2017, which replaces same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships that can be entered into by (applause here for forward thinking) both gay and heterosexual couples.


TAXI DRIVER EJECTED GAY COUPLE
Taxi company ordered to pay

11 DEC 2017: Philadelphia officials have ordered a taxi company to pay a former passenger who says he was kicked out of a cab after he kissed his male partner. The city Commission on Human Relations has ordered PHL Taxi to pay Mark Seaman $500.

 


L.A. TOURISM PARTNERS WITH IGLTA

05 DEC 2017: Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board (L.A. Tourism), the official tourism marketing organization for the City of Los Angeles, has announced its global partnership with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA). Los Angeles attracts 3.2 million LGBT visitors annually, representing an estimated US $1.5 billion in travel spend.

 


HOW PUERTO VALLARTA IS WELCOMING LGBT TRAVEL

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travellers are a diverse bunch, and they can find a variety of noteworthy vacation experiences. But for years, Puerto Vallarta has enjoyed its role as Mexico’s highest-profile destination on the LGBT travel map, and the reasons why are as varied as the travellers who arrive at its sun-soaked shores.

 


LAS VEGAS PRIDE
Support, strength, celebration.

17 OCT 2017: With the recent tragedy happening in Las Vegas, the LGBT community are ready to show support for the city. One Magical Weekend, Aspen Gay Ski Week and Las Vegas Pride are coming together to invite their friends from around the world to join them October 19 to 22, , in downtown Las Vegas as they turn Fremont Street into a display of rainbow love.


INAUGURAL RUN
Rainbow Train from Sault Ste. Marie

11 OCT 2017: The inaugural Rainbow Train departed Station Inn in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, last month with over 160 passengers from the LGBT community and their friends. Tickets were purchased from Toronto to Timmins, and many places in between. Quite a few also arrived from neighbouring United States, which has easy access right across the Sault Ste, Marie International Bridge.


IS MADRID THE GAYEST CITY IN THE WORLD

03 OCT 2017: According to a recent poll by Nestpick, an organization that helps individuals relocate to cities around the world, Madrid ranks number one as a place that LGBT individuals would be most welcomed. For a city to rank strongly as an LGBT destination, it must have a vibrant gay dating scene, a lively alternative nightlife, open minded citizens, and low levels of hate crime, as well as taking into account the national laws affecting the LGBT community, such as the right to get married or adopt children.


FINE AND DEPORTATION
UAE prison time dropped for transgender Singaporean, friend

28 AUG 2017: A transgender Singaporean and her friend facing a year in prison in the United Arab Emirates for dressing in a feminine way have seen their sentences reduced to a fine and deportation, an official said Monday.

 


THE X FACTOR
Canada looks to add new gender designation to passports

28 AUG 2017: Canada is looking to implement an “X” gender designation in Canadian passports, and other documents issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to support LGBT rights and advance the Government's agenda on gender equality, diversity and inclusion.

 


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.


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.


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.

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