The past six months have been a whirlwind of progress for the recently established IGLTA Foundation as we work to build bridges with communities worldwide.
In November 2012 we engaged Travis Ferland as interim Executive Director on a short-term contract to help guide and oversee the foundation’s initial startup phase. During his seven-month tenure, we have accomplished a great deal, including:
The development of a global online presence with our new website, blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed. (We are also making a debut on YouTube!)
- An inaugural symposium in New York on February 5, 2013 that united more than 80 key players from tourism businesses, media, government, and charitable organizations around the topic of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travel.
- The Building Bridges Scholarship, which brought five dynamic individuals from around the world to the 30th IGLTA Annual Global Convention in Chicago.
- A volunteer day to support three Chicago organizations, providing attendees from the IGLTA Convention with a meaningful opportunity to give back to the local community.
- Participation in the first annual Give OUT Day, our first fundraising event.
- A growing relationship with the United States Department of State, to address concerns of LGBT travelers.
- Resources for IGLTA members to become more involved in advancing LGBT rights in their communities, and when they travel.
We would like to thank Travis for his dedication and enthusiasm for the IGLTA Foundation’s mission during our initial startup phase and we wish him the best as he continues on to other endeavors.
Moving forward, the IGLTA Foundation Board will undertake a fundraising initiative in the coming months as we continue planning and developing our next phase of activities. We hope that you will join us on our journey, as we continue to find ways to leverage LGBT travel to enable understanding, awareness and commerce to flourish in diverse communities around the globe.