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I had the pleasure of being on the Planning Committee for a symposium that was held for the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) in Chapel Hill from September 24-27, 2009.  The symposium was brought to our area by Laurie Paolicelli, the executive director of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.  Part of the program included a visit to the Carrboro Farmer’s Market, and a stroll through our town using our fabulous “Walk Carrboro” maps!   Several participants also spent some time in the evenings in Carrboro. Additionally, I was a participant on a panel discussing various issues facing our LGBT community; I talked about ways we have addressed LGBT issues in Carrboro through policy and law.  You can read more about the panel at Pam’s House Blend:  http://www.pamshouseblend.com/diary/13198/gaycities-qa-out-on-the-town-pam-spauldings-durham  This travel market is a great one for us to cultivate, and I give kudos to Laurie for landing this gig.  The participants at the conference went home with a new understanding of how progressive we are in Chapel Hill/Carrboro.

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