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IN LGBT ON 14 Dec, 2015
Now that the USA has finally legalized gay union, this one had to happen! Being a proud LGBTQ member can sometimes prove to be a matter of fright, especially when you are travelling internationally using services like Airbnb, CouchSurfing, or NightSwapping to stay in other people’s home and get a taste of the local culture in a more pocket-friendly way. How do you know that your hosts are not homophobic? Everyone can’t be cool right?
Technology has never been more nobler. There is FINALLY an app to connect the LGBTQ coolness across the globe. Wimbify is designed to connect LGBT travelers with local LGBT hosts.
Wimbify's co-founder and CEO Alessio Virgili intended the app to come into existence so that the queer travelers can feel safe, not only in the new USA but also in all other parts of the homophobic world. We need to remember intolerance is a thing.
Alessio Virgili says that the app not only makes sure that you always feel safe and welcome, but is also a good way of catching some immediate insights to the local queer scene.
The protegee, who was born and lives in Rome (with frequent stays in Milan and San Francisco) and also acts as the Italian Ambassador for the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), is not just your random app-builder, he's much more than that!
Virgili, told MTV News that he and his long-time partner got their inspiration for Wimbify from a lesbian couple they are friends with. They were scheduled to stay with a family but "the owner was not happy to have two lesbians in his home."
"I think this is absurd in 2015," Virgili continued, "but, unfortunately, there is still a need to know if someone is gay-friendly or not." He said, "When I travel, I want to be able to discover the gay scene of a destination, be able to get a coffee with my partner without shame, meet like-minded new people, and learn more about the history of the local LGBT community." If only everyone was as amazing as you guys.