As part of Pride Month, travel insurance and assistance provider AIG Travel has announced the launch of a new education initiative to promote safe travel for members of the LGBTQ community.
According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, homosexuality remains illegal in 72 countries around the world – though even in countries where it is technically legal, travellers may still face discrimination – and thus members of the community need to bear in mind the unique risks that they face when planning trips. AIG Travel has partnered with ManAboutWorld, an LGBTQ advocacy group, to develop a travel safety guide.
This downloadable guide, along with a number of other resources, promotes diligent research of potential destination, details where public displays of affection may be frowned upon, explains in which countries travelling with children may be complicated and require birth certificates and/or custodial papers, and lets transgender travellers know how to navigate airport security and customs.
The resources are all available via AIG Travel’s dedicated website for the LGBTQ community. Clearly it is a deeply sad state of affairs that such guides are still required, though if the information provided helps travellers to avoid an unpleasant situation, this can only be a good thing.