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Friends & Colleagues -- I hope you find the information here useful! I appreciate if you share my brief with friends. I'm hoping to build awareness of LGBT issues abroad, while providing relevant, timely travel info.

Best,
-Ashton
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Patti LuPone and Sting will headline an event in New York City promoting LGBT rights abroad and a new global LGBT advocacy group Uprising of Love. Get your tickets now!
Conchita Wurst - ALS Challenge
Have you managed to escape the ice? Conchita Wurst shows us how to keep it classy while building awareness. Her answer to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: "Avoid the ice, donate twice!" For the trashy (nude) look, check out Emblem3's response.
Burning (Gay) Man
Searching for Pride? We've got Toledo or Lansing (Michigan) in the Heartland - Navy gays (and Deborah Cox) in Norfolk at Hampton Roads Pride - across the pond at Galway or Manchester - or maybe you're setting off to Black Rock Desert for Burning Man, which is gay enough.
 

World News.

Draconian Sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah plans to purchase the Plaza Hotel (though he denies) as well as hotels in London, after his recent purchase of the Beverly Hills Hotel; he implemented strict Sharia law as leader of Brunei, which would include death by stoning for gays.

Iranian muslim lesbians wed in a ceremony in Stockholm during pride - led by a gay Imam! 

We can't skip Uganda, where HIV transmission is now punishable by 10 years in prison, yet finally a religious leader proclaimed gays to be "God's creatures." Still - maybe not - since gays are "causing Ebola."

Did you know Raul Castro's daughter is a sexologist - and cast Cuba's first "no" vote to support LGBT rights?

The Advocate anointed Beijing Queer Film Festival Director, an expat Egyptian Actor as well as immigration advocates JoCasta Zamarripa and Carlos Menchaca to its list of 40 under 40.

Travel.

Headed out to the UK for Manchester Pride? Here's a short list of gay spots.

If you happen to be vegan - or want to just eat healthier - here's how to do it in Mexico.

Headed to LA? Perhaps you want some help finding accommodation in West Hollywood

The best books for the road - a good travel companion that doesn't talk, but still entertains.

Still not convinced to avoid Mykonos? Enjoy the XLsior party this weekend!

Events.

Chicago. The National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association holds its annual conference "Breaking Barriers" through this weekend.

NYC. Get your tickets now for Uprising for Love's concert with Patti LuPone & Sting on September 15th.

Upcoming. Meet your favorite LGBT political leaders - and find out how to get involved in electing more - or even getting elected - at the Victory Fund's LGBT Leaders Conference in DC, December 4-7.

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