The newly created American Society of Gay & Lesbian Meeting Planners (ASGLMP) will provide a networking forum for gay and lesbian planners as well as its "seal of approval" to gay-friendly destinations and meeting facilities, says Jim Luce, ASGLMP's executive coordinator.

Currently a loose network of some 200 planners, Luce says the group "wants to make this official and raise the flag. A lot of gay and lesbian planners are still closeted and unwilling to speak publicly, but we have strength in numbers."

The new organization will rely heavily on the Internet to link members, he adds. A directory of ASGLMP-approved destinations and facilities comes out next fall. For information, contact Luce at ASGLMP @aol.com or ASGLMP, c/o 47 East 19th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003.