They may not have been able to dislodge the famous Castro district of San Francisco from the top of the rankings, but European city destinations are increasingly being highlighted for their safety for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning travellers). A new LGBTQ safety ratings category on GeoSure’s smartphone app shows areas of Berlin, Amsterdam and Barcelona among the top four safest neighbourhoods for LGBTQ travellers.
- European city destinations are increasingly being highlighted for their safety for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning travellers);
- New LGBTQ safety ratings category on GeoSure’s smartphone app shows areas of Berlin, Amsterdam and Barcelona among the safest neighbourhoods for LGBTQ travellers;
- The European cities are ranked second, third and fourth In the LGBTQ safety rating behind the Castro district in San Francisco;
- A travel study has showed sexuality had a major influence on where LGBTQ adults travel.
GeoSure has become one of the world leader in scaled, location safety assessment. The company leverages proprietary technology, machine learning, predictive analytics, and AI to calculate location-specific safety ratings represented on its app as GeoSafeScores – a standardised rating that gauges the relative safety of travelling anywhere in the world. “Travellers know where the water is safe? But what about the streets?,” it says.
Its new neighbourhood-level LGBTQ safety ratings category based around “likelihood of harm or discrimination against LGBTQ persons or groups and level of caution required at location” means that LGBTQ travellers will have unlimited access to real-time safety ratings on more than 30,000 neighbourhoods worldwide.
GeoSure combines country, city, and neighbourhood crime statistics; health, economic and political data feeds; tourism and travel alerts; real-time reports; mapping technologies; and more, validating the data using statistical algorithms to yield what it describes as the most detailed location safety ratings in the world, across seven critical safety categories. These comprise women’s safety, health and medical, physical harm, theft, political freedoms and now LGBTQ safety.
The rating ranks destinations with a score from 1-100 with the lower the score, the safer the neighbourhood and is based on analysis of thousands of sources daily to provide and continuously update its suite of comprehensive travel safety solutions. GeoSure says its traveller-centric safety solutions “empower, engage and inform travellers” and deliver “a safer, more predictable world”.
In the LGBTQ safety rating it ranks the Castro district in San Francisco (GeoSure Score: 17) as the safest area, ahead of Berlin’s Schoneberg neighbourhood (GeoSure Score: 24), Amsterdam’s Centrum neighbourhood (GeoSure Score: 27), Barcelona’s Eixample neighbourhood (GeoSure Score: 30) and Tel Aviv’s City Centre / Florentin neighborhood (GeoSure Score: 31)
“Three years ago, GeoSure was the first ever to develop a dedicated women’s travel safety measure scaled globally, and today we are pleased to unveil the first localised safety awareness solution specifically for travelling LGBTQ persons,” says Michael Becker, CEO of GeoSure.
“Whether traveling for business, leisure or study abroad, our singular focus is providing the most rapid safety awareness, granular to the neighbourhood level, to help people have the smoothest trip experience possible,” he adds.
Europe can actually take some credit for all of the top four areas in the rankings. It was Europeans – mainly Irish, German, and Scandinavian immigrants – that came to the outskirts of San Francisco in search of cheap land an turned what was once dairy farms and dirt roads in to what is now one of the city’s most vibrant and cohesive communities. Then called Eureka Valley, the Castro was one of the first gay neighbourhoods in the United States and remains one of the most prominent symbols of LGBTQ activism and events in the world.
Research conducted in 2016 by UK tour operator Virgin Holidays showed sexuality had a major influence on where LGBTQ British adults travel, with two thirds (63%) refusing to visit somewhere with an unwelcoming attitude towards the LGBTQ community.