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LGBT NEWS & VIEWS

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS
Stoning gays while promoting international tourism seems an odd match

11 APR 2019: Princess Cruises is looking to change its calls to Brunei after the destination introduced a new harsher penal code that includes laws that make gay sex and adultery punishable by stoning to death. Celebrities have called for a boycott of Brunei owned hotels. However, along with the implementation of its draconian laws, the government of Brunei has chosen this time to launch a new tourism promotion campaign.


RAINBOW SKI WEEKEND
Blue Mountain celebrates the end of the ski season with Pride

10 APR 2019: There seems to be a growing trend toward LGBT-themed events taking place over the winter months. Whistler was one of the first destinations to do so here in Canada, with Whistler Pride and Ski Festival, now nearing three decades since its inaugural event back in 1992. Since then Jasper Pride has been organized for the past 10 years in early spring, perfect for last minute spring skiing in the Rockies. As well, this winter saw the first Elevation Gay Ski Week at Mont Tremblant in Quebec, and the second edition of Rainbow Ski Week at Blue Mountain Ski Resort near Collingwood, Ontario.


CELEBRITIES CALL FOR HOTEL BOYCOTT

01 APR 2019: Elton John has joined George Clooney in calling for a boycott of luxury hotels owned by the Brunei sovereign wealth fund, over potential new anti-gay laws that would make homosexual sex punishable by death by stoning.

 


GENDER OPTIONS
United passengers get a choice

25 MAR 2019: United Airlines announced it has become the first US airline to offer non-binary gender options throughout all booking channels by providing the option to select the title ‘Mx’ during booking. Customers presently have the ability to identify themselves as M(male), F(female), U(undisclosed) or X(unspecified), corresponding with what is indicated on their passports or identification.


WHATS TRENDING IN MIAMI BEACH
Destination celebrates LGBT pride

13 MAR 2019: Miami Beach is an award-winning LGBT destination filled with spirit and pride offering a multitude of experiences that cater to gay travellers from around the globe. From new, "hetero-friendly" hotels debuting and must-visit drag brunch shows, to the iconic Miami beach Pride Parade in April, Miami Beach embraces and celebrates the gay community 365 days of the year.


KEYS THE BEES KNEES
Florida destination promises to delight

15 JAN 2019: It’s fair to say that Florida’s Keys, which string for 200 kilometres south from Miami over the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Bay and Gulf of Mexico, are not the uppermost destination for Canadians visiting the Sunshine State.


X CAN MARK THE SPOT
Judge rules in favour of gender unspecified

20 SEP 2018: A judge has ruled that US officials cannot deny a passport application from an intersex Colorado resident based solely on a refusal to select male or female for gender. US District Judge R. Brooke Jackson said in a ruling released Wednesday that the US State Department was arbitrary in rejecting the application and violated federal law.


WILL THEY NEVER LEARN
There are couples and then there are couples

01 AUG 2018: David Cooley and his partner were travelling from JFK to LAX on the weekend. They were seated in premium class on Alaskan Airlines. In a Facebook post Cooley wrote, “After my travelling companion and I had been seated in our assigned seats for a while, we were approached by the flight attendant and my companion was asked to move from his premium seat to coach, so a couple could sit together.”


REVERSING THE REVERSAL
Bermuda Court rules in favour of same-sex marriage

08 JUN 2018: Gay couples in Bermuda won the right to marry yesterday for the second time in little more than a year, but the Government said it would appeal the Supreme Court decision to reverse the ban on same-sex marriage.


LOUD AND PROUD
New York pumped about WorldPride 2019

07 JUN 2018: With less than a year to go until WorldPride 2019, New York City is preparing a “huge programme” of events that will run all year and befit the city’s status as the top LGBTQ destination in the United States and the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.


IGLTA CONVENTION A HUGE SUCCESS
Toronto event best ever

22 MAY 2018: The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Associations 35th Anniversary Global Convention, was held at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto, May 9 to 12.  The event brought together approximately 500 tourism professionals, representing 40 countries, who shared innovative ideas and best practices, making it the most globally diverse conference in IGLTA’s history.


BIGOTRY WITH COMPASSION
Bermuda has a laughable idea

12 MAR 2018: 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.

 


NO MORE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
NYC subway to use gender neutral terms for announcements

20 NOV 2017: When it comes to the New York City subways, there's no such thing as ladies and gentlemen. Conductors on subway trains have been told to stop addressing passengers as “ladies and gentlemen” when making announcements about delays, detours or other things, and instead use the gender-neutral terms “passengers,” “riders,” and “everyone.”

 


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.

 

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