BT launches interactive travel website with ILGA

World Travel ImageBT has teamed up with the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) to launch an interactive travel website.

Launched during Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month, the website aims to provide important information on policies, laws, and resources for the LGBT community.

The website – the first of its kind – also provides a forum for travellers and residents to share personal experiences of living in a country.

Said Jon Robson, a software developer in BT’s open source innovation team who led the website development: “When we first put together the map with the laws and legal statuses around the world and saw how many countries were red - meaning that homosexuality was illegal - I remember being shocked.

“I was even more shocked when I realised that in some of these countries homosexuality is punishable by the death penalty.

“The more I got involved in the project and read the personal stories, the more I realised that these laws are more than just laws - they really impact people’s lives,” he said.

Speaking at the launch of the new website Renato Sabbadini, ILGA secretary general, said: “Thanks to the combined know-how of both our organisations, we now have an eye-catching and user-friendly tool which will serve both the needs of BT in providing a reliable source of information for its employees, and of ILGA to reach out to its membership and the general public in an informative and direct way.”

Last year BT was named as the most gay-friendly corporation in the world by the International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (IGLCC).