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WORLDPRIDE AND STONEWALL 50
Celebrations Take Over New York City
11 JUN2019: New York City has always been recognized as the place where the modern day fight for LGBT rights began, both here in North America and around the globe. It took a few brave individuals to take a stand and declare, “enough is enough”. Between that fateful night back on June 28, 1969 at the tiny Stonewall Inn, to this year’s WorldPride celebrations taking place June 25 to 30, 2019 throughout all five boroughs, the fight for equality has made significant steps. MORE

IGLTA KICKSTARTS A SUMMER OF NYC PRIDE
27 MAY 2019: The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association has grown substantially since it was first formed back in 1983. It is now the world's leading network of LGBT welcoming tourism businesses, that provides free travel resources and information, while continuously working to promote equality and safety within LGBT tourism worldwide. MORE

WINE COUNTRY
Hilarious new Netflix flick about friendship, bonding, and drinking in Napa Valley, California
10 MAY 2019: Napa Valley, California is well known as a fantastic wine region, attracting thousands of tourists who want to sip and sample their way through the more than 400 wineries, each with their own unique style, setting, and history. However, as many who have signed up for these multi-stop tours have experienced, the informative and educational aspect on that first stop, tends to become less interesting as the tour progresses and the wine consumption continues. MORE

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. MORE

THE WONDERFUL WEST
Whistler and Vancouver
14 AUG 2018: British Columbia is well known for its wilderness and laid back west-coast atmosphere. Vancouver’s cosmopolitan ocean-side character attracts visitors the world over, while an hour north, Whistler Village has shaped itself into a first-class four-season outdoor adventure paradise. MORE

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. MORE

IGLTA Global Convention in Toronto
May 9 to 12, 2018
08 MAY 2019:The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s (IGLTA) Global Convention takes place this week in Toronto, and will welcome international delegates from across the world. This is the world’s premier educational and networking event for LGBTQ tourism professionals. The 35th edition of the conference will connect gay, lesbian and gay friendly travel and tourism suppliers and buyers through its hosted buyer and scheduled appointment programme, numerous educational workshops and networking receptions. MORE

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. MORE

ONTARIO PARKS 125
Year Long Celebrations Are Now Underway
21 FEB 2018: Ontario Parks is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, and there are literally hundreds of special events planned throughout the year, including cultural heritage programmes, stewardship activities, a concert series, and a series of legacy projects. This is in addition to their numerous recurring annual events that are offered across their expansive network. It all started in 1893 with the creation of Canada's first provincial park, Algonquin. Today, Ontario Parks protects 340 provincial parks, which encompass just under eight percent of Ontario, an area larger than both Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island combined!   MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

PRESIDENTS, POLITICS, PARADES, AND PRIDE
23 JAN 2017: Donald Trump is officially the President of the United States. Now, what’s next in President Trump’s quest to “Make America Great Again” in a nation that is clearly divided over numerous issues - many of which directly impact the LGBT community? MORE

RAINBOW ROUNDUP
07 APR 2016: March was a relatively quiet month for LGBT travel news items. Well, unless we look at all the ruckus going on south of the border once again. State after state is introducing new “religious freedom” bills that could possibly lead to discrimination toward individuals based on sexuality and gender. MORE

WILL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LAWS IMPACT TRAVEL?
April 2016: Here we go again. Many may remember last year when Indiana enacted new legislations based around “Religious Freedoms”, which many in the LGBT community took as a direct attack on them. Basically it would allow discrimination based on one’s religious beliefs, so that denying accommodations and other services to LGBT individuals would be permissible if that is what the higher powers have told you is right. As for same-sex marriages, this also could be denied despite it being declared legal across the nation. Eventually, Indiana reversed their decision, after a backlash from activists, and more importantly tourism and corporations (i.e. lost revenue to the state). MORE

BRUSSELS AIRLINES LAUNCHES NEW SERVICE FROM TORONTO
07 APR 2016: Brussels Airlines begins their weekly non-stop flight service between Toronto Pearson and Brussels Airport starting today. This is great news for the city that is still recovering from the horrific airport bombings that took place last month. MORE

BRUSSELS AIRLINES LAUNCHES NEW SERVICE FROM TORONTO
07 APR 2016: Brussels Airlines begins their weekly non-stop flight service between Toronto Pearson and Brussels Airport starting today. This is great news for the city that is still recovering from the horrific airport bombings that took place last month. MORE

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

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.  MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE
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