Tourism officials: Puerto Vallarta safe after gay couple attacked

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Tourism officials in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, insist the resort city is safe after a gay couple was attacked in what they describe as a hate crime.

The Desert Sun and other media outlets have reported that Carl Blea — a real estate agent who lives in Palm Springs, Calif., with his husband, Marc Lange — were holding hands while walking to their condo at around 2:30 a.m. on March 24 after they spent the night dancing.

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Bermuda Senate approves marriage repeal bill

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Bermuda Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would rescind marriage rights for same-sex couples in the British island territory.

The 8-3 vote took place less than a week after the Bermuda House of Representatives approved the measure, which would allow same-sex couples to enter into domestic partnerships as opposed to get married. The bill will become law unless Gov. John Rankin refuses to sign it.

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Architects convention cancels in North Carolina over anti-gay law

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Wilmington (AP) – Another convention has canceled in North Carolina in protest of the state’s new law limiting anti-discrimination protections for the LGBT community.

Local media outlets report the American Institute of Architects will not hold its South Atlantic Region Conference in Wilmington this fall. About 500 architects were expected to attend, and tourism officials estimate the loss at almost $1 million.

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NSYNC’s Lance Bass joins Visit Orlando to boost Orlando tourism

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Orlando – Former boy band member and third-place-Dancing with the Stars finisher Lance Bass will promote Orlando as a LGBT tourist destination, thanks to Visit Orlando.

The ex-NSYNCer, who has a music-themed talk show on Sirius/XM Satellite radio, began singing with the hugely popular, multi-platinum album selling band.

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Louisiana looks to join “religious freedom” debate

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Even before the opening of Louisiana’s legislative session, a bill has thrust the state into the national debate over religious objections laws.

Opponents of the laws, which have drawn national headlines in Indiana and Arkansas, say they allow for businesses and others to discriminate against gays and lesbians on moral and religious grounds. But proponents say the laws protect religious-freedom rights, guarding individuals and businesses from heavy-handed state action.

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Vegas offering everything but marriage to LGBT tourists

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — While gay 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 heavy dose of innuendo. The first gay nightclub inside a Las Vegas Strip casino opened up this summer.

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Atlantic City courting gay tourism market

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ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) – 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 June 16 the goal is to reinvigorate a once-thriving gay community in the New Jersey resort city.

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