Thursday, 21 June 2018

An L.G.B.T.Q. Guide to Traveling Safely Abroad.

Billy Kolber, founder of ManAboutWorld, a digital magazine that recently published “The LGBTQ Guide to Travel Safety,” addressed the challenges of traveling abroad. (This interview has been edited and condensed.)

Why did ManAboutWorld write a safety guide?
Globalization has made international travel easy and commonplace. And the globalization of travel hides a great disparity in local attitudes toward L.G.B.T.Q. people. We wrote the guide to help L.G.B.T.Q. travelers navigate a complex world of laws and risks, and understand the ways their local interactions can help and hurt local L.G.B.T.Q. communities. By including personal experiences and recommendations from L.G.B.T.Q. travelers all over the world, we are able to present more nuanced information. It’s more like asking a friend than asking Google.

How can the guide help promote safe travel?
It’s more important than ever to know what’s going on with the local L.G.B.T.Q. community. The laws don’t reflect the reality in so many places, and the acceptance and welcome for L.G.B.T.Q. travelers are constantly changing. It’s increasingly important to know where to get the most current information, how to apply that information to your itineraries and personal experience, and what travelers can do to help advance the cause of L.G.B.T.Q. people in the places they visit.

By Tanya Mohn.

Full story at Yahoo News.

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