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APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.

U.S. officials update travel warning, cite security steps for Sochi Games

Saturday, January 25, 2014
WASHINGTON — Citing rising threats of violence at the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, U.S. officials said Friday they are prepared to work with Russian security officials to help protect American athletes and the 10,000 American spectators expected to attend. [ Read more → ]
APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.

U.S. State Department issues travel alert for Sochi Olympics

Friday, January 10, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Americans planning to attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, should be vigilant about their security due to potential terrorist threats, crime and uncertain medical care, the State Department advised Friday. [ Read more → ]

N.M. expects tourism boost following same-sex marriage ruling

Thursday, December 26, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Towns and cities in New Mexico are expecting a jump in tourism from same-sex couples who now can get marriage licenses in the state following a New Mexico Supreme Court ruling this month. [ Read more → ]

Airline investigating after passenger finds luggage emblazoned with ‘I am Gay’

Monday, October 14, 2013
An Australian airline has apologized and said it is investigating how the words "I am gay" were spelled out in airline baggage stickers on a passenger's luggage on Sunday between his departure in Perth and his arrival in Brisbane. [ Read more → ]

Southern Decadence lures gays to hopeful ‘honeymoon haven’ New Orleans

Saturday, August 31, 2013
NEW ORLEANS -- Thousands of visitors rolled into New Orleans this week for Southern Decadence: five days of celebration of gay culture in a city now being promoted by tourism officials as a honeymoon site for same-sex newlyweds - despite the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Kerry announces ease in process for same-sex couples to obtain visas

Friday, August 2, 2013
The U.S. State Department on Friday began processing visa applications from same-sex spouses in the same way that it handles those from heterosexual spouses. [ Read more → ]

Report: Same-sex marriage in Hawaii worth $217 million in tourism

Thursday, July 25, 2013
HONOLULU -- A new economic analysis from the University of Hawaii says legalizing gay marriage in the state would boost tourism by $217 million over the next three years. [ Read more → ]
Seth Wenig, APIn this June 23, 2013 photo, an American flag and a LGBT Rainbow flag are displayed on the ferry dock in the Fire Island community of Cherry Grove, N.Y., where a gay community in has been thriving for at least two decades before the 1969 Stonewall uprising.

Famed Fire Island gay resort community gains historic recognition

Wednesday, July 3, 2013
CHERRY GROVE, N.Y. -- Decades before the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, lesbians and gay men were living freely and openly in a place called Cherry Grove. [ Read more → ]

New York makes pitch for LGBT visitors with new tourism website

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
NEW YORK — New York state making a pitch for gay visitors with a new "I Love NY LGBT" tourism website. [ Read more → ]

Las Vegas markets to trendy gays, square straights in new ad campaign

Sunday, January 20, 2013
A new print advertising campaign from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is marketing to gay and lesbian travelers with a new twist, promoting that in Sin City, "everyone’s welcome, even straight people." The stylish, five-ad series from local ad agency R&R Partners, each... [ Read more → ]

Carnival Cruises under fire from gay passengers for banning ‘drag’ attire on ‘drag cruise’

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Carnival Cruses on Tuesday issued an apology after it came under fire from gay passengers who were told they were forbidden from dressing in drag on an upcoming "drag cruise," or face being kicked off the ship. [ Read more → ]

Online travel company Expedia announces support for marriage equality

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Online travel company on Tuesday announced its support for marriage equality and the efforts to approve Referendum 74 in Washington state, November ballot initiative asking voters to approve or reject the state's new marriage equality law. [ Read more → ]

Amtrak markets to same-sex parents, lauches ‘Ride with Pride’ website

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Amtrak launched its “Ride With Pride” campaign on Wednesday, a partnership with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) — a travel network that connects LGBT individuals with travel companies that are LGBT friendly. [ Read more → ]

LGBT advocacy groups urge Orbitz to drop Fox News over anti-gay rhetoric

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Media Matters on Monday kicked off its "DropFox" campaign by urging Orbitz, an online travel site, to pull its ads from the anti-LGBT Fox News network. [ Read more → ]
Hotel Ciel at Fire Island Pines

Fire Island Pines: Popular gay getaway resort sells for $17 million

Saturday, March 27, 2010
In the largest transaction in Fire Island history, an investment group has purchased the vast majority of commercial property and establishments in Fire Island Pines, the internationally famous gay community. [caption id="attachment_7430" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Hotel Ciel at Fire Island Pines"][/caption] The $17 million purchase includes... [ Read more → ]

Nepal to court the gay market for high adventure weddings

Monday, March 15, 2010
Nepal plans to offer gay couples the opportunity to marry at the Everest base camp, and to honeymoon on a Himalayan trek or adventure tour. Tourism is one of the main drivers of the Nepalese economy, and the government hopes to double the number of... [ Read more → ]

United States lifts 22-year HIV immigration, travel ban

Monday, January 4, 2010
[caption id="attachment_4663" align="alignleft" width="360" caption="The White House, on World AIDS Day 2009"][/caption] The United States has lifted a 22-year immigration ban which has stopped anyone with HIV/AIDS from entering the country. The BBC reports: President Obama said the ban was not compatible with US plans... [ Read more → ]

Obama reauthorizes ‘Ryan White Act,’ announces end of HIV travel ban (Video)

Saturday, October 31, 2009
President Obama on Friday called an end to the 22-year ban on travel to the United States by people tested positive for HIV, fulfilling a promise he made to gay advocates and acting to eliminate a restriction he said was “rooted in fear rather than... [ Read more → ]
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