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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.

 


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.

 


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.


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.


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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