IGLTA Foundation Networking Reception in Dallas - Oct 2, 2017

IGLTA Foundation Networking Reception in Dallas - Oct 2, 2017


Join us for cocktails and an evening of great networking with tourism professionals, media, association executives and local VIPS. The evening also includes a silent auction, and you could leave the Saloon with amazing travel packages, such as: Event Passes & Lift Tickets for Aspen Gay Ski Week 2018; four nights accommodations in Cusco & the Sacred Valley in Peru; two nights at the MGM Grand Las Vegas along with show tickets; an NYC package consisting of hotel accommodations & sightseeing passes; two nights accommodations at The London, West Hollywood with dinner and bike tour; luxury suite accommodations for the night of Dallas Black Tie; and more!

20 years ago, ‘In & Out’ predicted the gay rights movement’s rapid progress

20 years ago, ‘In & Out’ predicted the gay rights movement’s rapid progress


Frank Oz's movie, inspired by Tom Hanks's Oscar speech, showed where America would end up 20 years later

Roma LGBT People Talk About the Challenges of Facing Double Discrimination

Roma LGBT People Talk About the Challenges of Facing Double Discrimination


"If your family isn't open to it, of course you have to hide who you are."

Huge potential for the travel industry: 2nd UNWTO LGBT Report examines outlook for gay and lesbian travel

Huge potential for the travel industry: 2nd UNWTO LGBT Report examines outlook for gay and lesbian travel


In conjunction with the leading International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and following its first report in 2012, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has published a second report on the role of the increasingly important LGBT travel market. As the World’s Largest Travel Trade Fair and as part of its strategy to promote social responsibility, ITB Berlin is committed to firmly establishing the LGBT segment while also dispelling preconceptions. According to the report, in recent years the LGBT travel market has experienced a general upturn. Nevertheless, in some 70 countries around the world the legal situation of gays and lesbians remains very precarious, and a lot still needs to be done in terms of education.

There's Another LGBT Hashtag, and the Community Is HERE For It

There's Another LGBT Hashtag, and the Community Is HERE For It


find out how LGBT people are celebrating their community using the new tag #ItstheLGBT

Black & White Gala - November 2, 2017

Black & White Gala - November 2, 2017


The Gala featured the presentation of the CGLCC Business Leadership Awards. It was hosted by the very funny Gavin Crawford ?and featured a knockout performance by Juno Award winning artist Divine Brown. The Gala supports the CGLCC Leadership Development Fund, a dedicated fund of the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Business Education Foundation. The Fund focuses on three core pillars: business, community, and youth, providing support in the form of training and education, skills development, and opportunity building. Money raised at the Gala is used in part for the creation of a scholarship for first year MBA students that have contributed significantly to the LGBT community.

First Ever LGBT Meeting Professionals Association Educational Workshop Series

First Ever LGBT Meeting Professionals Association Educational Workshop Series


Learn from the best! Workshops are designed by leaders in the LGBT meeting industry to help you gain new knowledge. They are created specifically to empower your meetings for greater inclusion and communication. From panel discussions to hands on workshops, the LGBT MPA course offerings will leave you with a practical understanding of actions and outcomes that will increase the success of diversity in your meetings.


Matt Skallerud's insight:

The conference structure is great for all LGBT meeting professionals and allies to meet and mingle, exchange information and connect with new and existing planners. Connect with CVBs/CVAs, hotels, suppliers, media companies and others. Last year, over 150 travel experts attended this conference.

Jesuit Priest Stands Up for Gay Catholics, Then Faces Backlash

Jesuit Priest Stands Up for Gay Catholics, Then Faces Backlash


The Rev. James Martin’s latest book calls for a dialogue with LGBT Catholics. His critics called him everything from “heretic” to “pansified.”

To Understand “Gay Community,” Researchers Need to Add Nuance to the Numbers

To Understand “Gay Community,” Researchers Need to Add Nuance to the Numbers


“Gay community” is a phrase one hears tossed about all the time, from politicians and health officials to activists and everyday gays themselves. But what does it really mean?

How Edie Windsor Championed Gay Rights: ‘She Was Everywhere’

How Edie Windsor Championed Gay Rights: ‘She Was Everywhere’


Into her late 80s, Ms. Windsor continued to leverage her national profile as a winning Supreme Court plaintiff to support her favorite LGBT causes.

It is not easy being LGBT in Serbia

It is not easy being LGBT in Serbia


Belgrade's annual Pride Week began on Monday (11 September) and will end with a march on Sunday (17 September). Pride parades were held over the past few years with strong security measures and, in the meantime, Serbia elected a gay prime minister. EURACTIV.rs reports.

Can a 29-Year-Old Gay Man End Our Water Crisis?

Can a 29-Year-Old Gay Man End Our Water Crisis?


Seth Maxwell believes everyone deserves clean drinking water.

Community Marketing & Insights - 18th Conference on LGBT Tourism & Hospitality - November 1-3, 2017 • San Francisco

Community Marketing & Insights - 18th Conference on LGBT Tourism & Hospitality - November 1-3, 2017 • San Francisco


The preliminary agenda has been posted on the conference website. Lots of fantastic and fascinating new content for 2017!

Pelosi on hand to help GLAAD honor LGBT media leaders

Pelosi on hand to help GLAAD honor LGBT media leaders


Don Lemon's responsibility as a CNN anchor fell second to his responsibility as an openly gay public figure, even as Hurricane Irma neared the coast of Florida. When it became clear a major and deadly weather event would strike the South on the very weekend he was due to receive an award from GLAAD, the cable news anchor asked his boss what to do. "He said, 'You've got to go,'" Lemon explained, standing on the red carpet of City View atop the Metreon on Saturday night. "So Anderson (Cooper) is doing double duty."  Lemon described awards from GLAAD, a 32-year-old national organization that monitors the media on LGBTQ issues, as "the Oscars of gay awards.

How the LGBT movement came together to fight Trump’s transgender military ban

How the LGBT movement came together to fight Trump’s transgender military ban


The movement has had major rifts -- but not this time.

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Reach Out Marketing, LLC Announces the launch of GoGuideIowaCity.us

New website and mobile app to broaden scope and reach of GoGUiDE Magazine

Reach Out Marketing, LLC announced the coming launch of GoGuideIowaCity.us, enabling readers of GoGUiDE Magazine, as many as 5,000 on a bi-monthly basis, an enhanced media experience with this new website operating on a 24/7, 365 day basis.  

GoGUiDE Magazine is the “go every do everything guide” for the LGBTQ community of Iowa City and beyond. GoGUiDE remains the only print publication in Iowa

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CMI’s 18th Annual Conference on LGBT Tourism & Hospitality

Pink Banana Media readers and advertisers receive a $100 conference discount PLUS $50 donation to the IGLTA Foundation.

Please join tourism and hospitality leaders, expert speakers and your new and old friends at CMI’s 18th Conference on LGBT Tourism & Hospitality. This conference has been thriving for eighteen years because it offers a unique opportunity to get fully updated about LGBT travel from across the spectrum of perspectives, including case studies, panels and segment marketing specialists. It is also a smaller, more intimate and personal approach to a conference (about 200 attendees), where you can actually

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First Ever LGBT Meeting Professionals Association Educational Workshop Series

November 2, 2017
Park Central San Francisco, A Starwood Hotel
50 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Learn First Hand and Apply New Knowledge for Success!

Learn from the best! Workshops are designed by leaders in the LGBT meeting industry to help you gain new knowledge. They are created specifically to empower your meetings for greater inclusion and communication. From panel discussions to hands on workshops, the LGBT MPA course offerings will leave you with a practical understanding of actions and outcomes that will increase the success of diversity in your meetings.

The conference structure is great for all LGBT meeting professionals and allies to meet and mingle, exchange information and connect