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Illinois Office of Tourism and Gay Star News announce second year of pioneering partnership

'Our message is clear: everyone is welcome here in Illinois'

Illinois Office of Tourism and Gay Star News announce second year of pioneering partnership
The Cloud Gate sculpture (or The Bean), an icon of Chicago and Illinois | Photo: Pixabay

Today, Gay Star News (GSN) and Illinois Office of Tourism announce the renewal of their partnership, now in its second year, delivering a campaign that is designed to welcome LGBTQ tourists to the state.

Illinois and GSN’s campaign will take a pioneering new direction in having a dedicated page delivering exclusive Illinois content on the GSN website.

GSN and the Illinois Office of Tourism’s partnership holds great significance in today’s social climate. It was created because Illinois’ government believes in equality for all, and the state also holds many amazing LGBTQ events, such as the Chicago Pride Parade.

In July 1961, Illinois became the first state in America to decriminalize homosexuality. Marriage equality came to the state in 2014.

Illinois content also lies on Gay Star Travel, one of GSN’s most popular sections. It is headlined sponsored by Heathrow Airport; other travel-related sponsors of Gay Star News include Hoseasons, and Celebrity Cruises.

Travel editor for Gay Star News, Jamie Tabberer, said: ‘I’m delighted that GSN and the Illinois Office of Tourism’s partnership continues to thrive. The state’s efforts to attract queer tourists is unparalleled. Illinois is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly states I’ve ever visited, and Chicago is one of my favorite destinations in the world.

‘I look forward to encouraging more LGBTQ travellers to visit Illinois, from the bright lights of the Windy City to the underrated state capital of Springfield and the picturesque town of Galena.’

Cory Jobe, Director of Illinois Office of Tourism, said: ‘Illinois is one of the first states in the Great Lakes region to target LGBTQ travellers. Our message is clear, everyone is welcome here in Illinois. We’re proud of all the amazing experiences Illinois has to offer and we want the LGBTQ community to know we see the amazing in everyone who comes to visit.’

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