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LGBT NEWS & VIEWS

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

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.   MORE

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.   MORE

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.   MORE

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.”   MORE

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.   MORE

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?   MORE

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.   MORE

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. MORE

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.”   MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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. MORE

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.” 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

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. MORE

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.   MORE
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