A travel search engine based on LGBTIQ rights in Europe.
Unequal Travel is a travel search engine by EuroPride 2018 that evaluates destinations based on their legal protection for LGBTIQ travelers. Every destination is evaluated based on four fundamental criteria for how well protected you are as an LGBTIQ person. All the profits from booked tickets goes directly to the fight for equal rights. Safe travels!
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Travel isn’t safe for LGBTIQ people. Let’s change that.
For many people, traveling is the ultimate form of freedom. But more than 7 out of 10 LGBTIQ travelers have experienced some form of discrimination when going abroad. Some even hide or lie about their sexuality or gender identity in fear of being discriminated or assaulted. To draw attention to the lack of legal protection for LGBTIQ people when traveling, EuroPride 2018 Stockholm Gothenburg created Unequal Travel - a travel search engine that both promotes awareness and raises money for equal rights.
Using selected data from ILGA-Europe, Unequal Travel focuses on four fundamental and embarrassingly simple legal protections that many countries still lack: Are you protected from discrimination, hate crime, hate speech and legally allowed to express your chosen gender identity?
For every ticket that is booked through Unequal Travel, all the profit goes directly to the fight for LGBTIQ equality. So even if your destination doesn’t provide the desired legal protection for LGBTIQ travelers, booking through Unequal Travel means you’re contributing to a more equal future.
How does it work?
Choose your destination of departure and arrival, press search and put our algorithm to work. If all four parameters are met, LGBTIQ travelers are legally protected from discrimination, hate crime, hate speech and allowed to express their gender identity. If only three of less are met, the specific destination does not provide LGBTIQ travelers with sufficient legal protection and still has work to do when it comes to fundamental LGBTIQ rights. Even if your destination is a highly regarded and ”safe” country, LGBTIQ people still lack vital legal protection there.
laws Are you protected from discrimination based on your sexual orientation?
laws Are you protected from hate crime based on your sexual orientation?
laws Are you protected from hate speech based on your sexual orientation?
But there’s no need to rule out destinations that don’t make the cut. Instead, support equal rights by booking through Unequal Travel, and take the opportunity to visit their local Pride festival the next time, and aid in the struggle to create a safer and more equal world for LGBTIQ people.
Unequal Travel was developed by EuroPride 2018 Stockholm Gothenburg to raise awareness for the lack of rights and legal protection for LGBTIQ people in Europe. By bringing attention to the risks faced by LGBTIQ people when traveling, we hope to raise awareness for these issues - especially outside the community. We also want to bring attention to the important role EuroPride continues to serve. Join us in Stockholm and Gothenburg this year, and support the fight for equal rights and protection. There is still much left to fight for.
The data used to build the Unequal Travel algorithm is taken from ILGA-Europe’s legal index of LGBTIQ equality based on their Rainbow Europe Map in 2018. Note that Unequal Travel only focuses on four fundamental criteria, deemed extra relevant to LGBTIQ travelers. ILGA-Europe’s index covers many more aspects of LGBTIQ issues, and provides a more complete and nuanced picture of the countries in question. More information about the criteria that ILGA-Europe takes into consideration for each country can be found https://rainbow-europe.org/about.
Not at all. While Sweden happens to fill the four basic legal criteria, we still have a spotty historical record on many issues, for example trans rights. We believe that no destination is perfect, and that there still are no completely safe places for LGBTIQ people. That even if parts of Europe have come a long way on the journey to a more equal society, we’re still not there yet. That’s why it’s important to enshrine fundamental human rights and protection for LGBTIQ people in strong laws. Laws that don’t shift with public opinion, and ensure a safer world for LGBTIQ persons - at home or abroad.
The discrimination, hate crime and hate speech parameters scans your destination to determine if your destination have laws or constitutions that protect you from discrimination, hate crime or hate speech based on your sexual orientation. The parameter regarding gender expression scans your destination to determine whether your destination have laws or constitutions that protects your right to express your gender.
The ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map 2018 already provides an excellent detailed overview of legal specifics for all countries. With Unequl Travel, we wanted to highlight four very basic laws that protect people based on their sexuality and gender expression. Four basic criteria that very few countries in Europe meet, despite the commonly held view that Europe has come far in terms of LGBTIQ rights and protection. The point is that even when setting the bar low, only a few countries make the cut. This is what EuroPride hopes Unequal Travel can help bring attention to and change.
Many countries, despite an open culture and a strong LGBTIQ track record, still don’t have the fundamental laws that fully protect from discrimination, hate crime, hate speech or give you the right to express your gender. The aim of Unequal Travel is to raise awareness for the lack of fundamental rights and legal protection in law, and show that travel can look very different from a LGBTIQ perspective. Unequal Travel doesn’t give the final say-so on where to travel - it just makes you more aware, and ensures that your journey makes a small contribution to the fight for equal rights. And just because the algorithm says that you’re protected at a certain destination, doesn’t mean it’s risk-free. Because traveling while LGBTIQ is still not risk-free even in this day and age.
We do not have any plans to expand the search engine at the moment.
By booking your ticket through Unequal Travel, you’re automatically supporting the LGBTIQ movement. All of the profit made from each ticket goes directly to the continued fight for equal LGBTIQ rights - including funding for bringing people who can’t afford to travel themselves to EuroPride.
EuroPride 2018 in Sweden will be jointly held by Stockholm and Gothenburg in Sweden. From July 27 to August 5 in Stockholm, and from August 14 to August 19 in Gothenburg. Please visit europride2018.com for tickets to the Stockholm festival. There is no need for tickets for the festival in Gothenburg since it’s free.