As well as providing a database of safe and welcoming hosts, the company also helps LGBTQ+ individuals access free emergency housing
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Spotted: For most people, picking a place to holiday is pretty easy – but what if you also had to consider that your freedom or even life could be at risk?
There are 67 jurisdictions still criminalising private and consensual same-sex sexual activity, while 14 countries criminalise the gender identity and/or expression of transgender people. In response, French company Misterb&b has developed a travel platform that provides a level of safety and confidence for LGBTQ+ travellers.
The platform collates vetted LGBTQ+-friendly hotels and hosts, while the chat function allows members to connect with each other in a real community. When users book through Misterb&b, they also receive vouchers, credits, and cashback.
Beyond a travel database, Misterb&b is also committed to helping vulnerable LGBTQ+ individuals with its Mister for Good scheme, wherein the company partners with local non-profits to provide free emergency housing from within its community to help LGBTQ+ people in need. It also donates some of its profits to positive impact projects.
The platform currently boasts a 1 million strong community. And, in January 2023, the startup was selected by Expedia’s new One World Accelerator programme, which will help it to expand its services further.
Many LGBTQ+ individuals around the world still face prejudice and discrimination, but luckily innovators are working to strengthen social equality. In the archive, Springwise has also spotted a platform that connects social activists and a credit card for the LGBTQIA+ community in Europe.
Written By: Amanda Simms