ILGA AND BT TEAM UP TO LAUNCH WEBSITE
Interactive map of the world for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender travellers
28/07/2009
ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) and BT have today launched an online map of the world that shares travel information for Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people: new.ilga.org

The website - developed by BT - will help individuals, organizations, business travellers, tourists, students and the wider community to obtain and share important LGBT issues, new policies, laws and resources before they enter their country of destination.

The interactive web site was showcased at The World Outgames in Copenhagen today and is set to revolutionise how information on LGBT issues are shared and communicated.

The key to its success relies on campaigners, business travellers and tourists to actively update the website with policy and anecdotal information of LGBT issues in each country.

Stephen Barris, Communications Officer, ILGA, said: “There are still 80 countries criminalizing same sex relationships between consenting adults around the world. ILGA’s partnership with BT has given light to a very innovative website which gives local groups a powerful global platform. The site is an attempt to take people by the hand and tell them about the reality lived by lesbians, gays and trans-gender people around the world”.

Robert Cole, former Chair of Kaleidoscope, BT's LGBT employee network, said: “LGBT laws and practices vary so much across the world, with some countries still applying penalties such as imprisonment and even the death sentence. We employ over 100,000 people worldwide in 63 different countries. Many of these people will be LGBT and will travel regularly, if not on business then as tourists. The ILGA website will be a useful way to inform and protect them.”
BT’s diverse approach and new technology helped ILGA with its web portal which revolves a global interactive map detailing LGBT information.

Jeremy Ruston, BT’s Head of Open Source Innovation, said: “I jumped at the chance to become involved in this project. As the leader of BT’s open source innovation arm, Osmosoft, I’ve seen at first hand the power that can be wielded by a community of individuals with a common purpose. The new site we have built gives the ILGA community the tools we all need to work together more effectively”.

Enquiries about this news release should be made to the BT Group Newsroom on its 24-hour number: 020 7356 5369. From outside the UK dial + 44 20 7356 5369. All news releases can be accessed at our web site: http://www.bt.com/newscentre

About ILGA
ILGA is a world-wide network of national and local groups dedicated to achieving equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex
(LGBTI) people everywhere. Founded in 1978, it now has more than 600 hundreds member organizations. Every continent and approximately 110 countries are represented.

About BT
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services operating in 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to our customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, Openreach, BT Retail and BT Wholesale.
In the year ended 31 March 2009, BT Group’s revenue was £21,390 million.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.
For more information, visit www.bt.com/aboutbt


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