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The Last Holiday

| Monday, September 1, 2014
Labor-Day
Why are we celebrating the obligation to toil most of our lives? Seriously, why is Labor Day an American holiday? Is it an excuse for one last blowout before – before what? I’m tempted to research the origins of Labor Day, though I have no doubt that I learned all about it back in fourth grade. It’s never made sense to me to get a day off to celebrate work. Of course it’s never made sense to me...

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Las Vegas offering everything but marriage to LGBT tourists

| Thursday, August 21, 2014
Braden Mars, left, dances with Anthony Martinez at Liaison Nightclub in Bally's Las Vegas early in the morning on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Las Vegas. Liaison Nightclub, which opened in 2014, is the first gay club inside of a major casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
LAS VEGAS -- While same-sex couples still can't get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they - and their money - are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities Sin City has to offer. The city's tourism authority recently launched its first mainstream TV campaign aimed at the LGBT community: a commercial featuring a hunk and a...

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Atlantic City planning events to reinvigorate once-thriving gay tourism

| Monday, June 16, 2014
Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian holds a flag in Atlantic City, N.J., Monday, June 16, 2014. Atlantic City is planning a series of events to attract gay tourists, who are becoming an increasingly important part of the resort's growth strategy.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Atlantic City is planning a series of events to attract gay tourists, who are becoming an increasingly important part of the resort's growth strategy. Mayor Don Guardian and tourism officials said Monday the goal is to reinvigorate a once-thriving gay community in the New Jersey resort city.

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

| Saturday, January 25, 2014
APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.
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.

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

| Friday, January 10, 2014
APOlympic rings for the 2014 Winter Olympics installed in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia.
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.

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

| Thursday, December 26, 2013
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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.

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

| Monday, October 14, 2013
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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.

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

| Saturday, August 31, 2013
via: gaytravel.com
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.

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

| Friday, August 2, 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
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.

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

| Thursday, July 25, 2013
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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.

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