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TOP DESTINATIONS FOR LGBTQ SNOWBIRDS

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A small but significant number of Canadian snowbirds come from the LGBTQ community, and while LGBTQ snowbirds share many of the same needs and concerns as all snowbirds, they also have some more specific needs and concerns that must be considered when choosing where to travel. MORE

MONEY TALKS

North Carolina bathroom bill repealed
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31 MAR 2017: North Carolina lawmakers rolled back North Carolina's “bathroom bill” Thursday in a bid to end the backlash over transgender rights that has cost the state billions in business projects, conventions and basketball tournaments. MORE

WEIGHING THE COST OF THE BATHROOM BILL

North Carolina will lose billions
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29 MAR 2017:  Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina's “bathroom bill” isn't hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than US $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis. MORE

BATHROOM BILL

Passport determines where you pee
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07 MAR 2017:  A North Carolina-style “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people faces big hurdles in Texas as Republican supporters stood with church leaders and others Monday to ratchet up political pressure ahead of a first vote this week. MORE

REFUGEES WELCOME

Banner unfurled at Statue of Liberty
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22 FEB 2017:  The National Park Service is trying to figure out who unfurled a giant banner at the Statue of Liberty saying “Refugees Welcome.” Park Service spokesman Jerry Willis says the 3-by-20-foot banner was hung from the public observation deck at the top of the statue's pedestal Tuesday afternoon. The banner was taken down more than an hour later. MORE

STILL AN ISSUE

NBA warns Texas over proposed bathroom bill
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21 FEB 2017: The NBA has warned that Texas could be overlooked for future events because of a proposed “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people. The Texas legislation is similar to a North Carolina law that prompted the league to move the All-Star Game out of that state. It would require people to use bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate. MORE

PRESIDENTS, POLITICS, PARADES, AND PRIDE

By BRYEN DUNN
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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

WHAT ARE THEY THINKING

Will Texas invite business and tourism to go elsewhere
By JEN SAVEDRA
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12 JAN 2017:  You would think Texas politicians might have learned from the North Carolina fiasco, when the State lost business and major sporting events because of their bathroom policies.  But no, Republican lawmakers, led by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, have unveiled legislation that would, said Patrick, “protect businesses from government interference” by overturning local ordinances that allow transgender people to use the bathroom that conforms with their gender identity. MORE

A SPIRIT OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

RCI gets LGBT award
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28 OCT 2016: Royal Caribbean International is the first and only cruise line to receive the distinction of being Gay Travel Approved.  The cruise line was bestowed with this distinction for having "shown an ongoing commitment to the LGBTQ community by demonstrating a spirit of diversity and inclusion on all of its 25 ships that visit exciting destinations around the world." MORE
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