IGLTA Global Convention to Honor Desmond Tutu

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The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s Chair Award for 2016 will be given to Archbishop Desmond Tutu in honor of his ongoing commitment to human rights advocacy in his native South Africa.

Every year, the honor is bestowed by the IGLTA board of directors to a person (or enterprise) who has made a lasting legacy on tourism for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender travelers.

“As we’re holding our convention on the African continent for the first time, I cannot think of a better award recipient than Archbishop Desmond Tutu,” says IGLTA Board Chair, Dan Melesurgo. “He has been a global inspiration since the demise of apartheid, using his high profile to campaign for the oppressed and defend human rights. He is a true leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia.”

Tutu will be honored at the IGLTA’s 33d Annual Global Convention at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa on April 14th.

Community (based in IGLTA’s convention host city): Nondumiso “Ndumie” Funda is a lesbian activist fighting for LGBT rights in the townships of Cape Town. In March 2008, she founded the organization Luleki Sizwe, named after her late fiancée and her best friend. Both women were raped because of their sexual orientation and died from HIV/AIDS. Luleki Sizwe, which means “discipline the nation constructively,” focuses on education to combat homophobia.

Additionally, Nondumiso “Ndumie” Funda will be honored. She is a lesbian activist fighting for LGBT rights in the townships of Cape Town. In March 2008, she founded the organization Luleki Sizwe, named after her late fiancée and her best friend. Both women were raped because of their sexual orientation and died from HIV/AIDS. Luleki Sizwe, which means “discipline the nation constructively,” focuses on education to combat homophobia. Along with Fitur Gay and Shiho Ikeuchi and Shintaro Koizumi from Japan will be recognized for their contributions to the LGBT community.

For more information, visit iglta.org/convention.

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