LGBTQ+ Travel Advice
Depending on the destination, LGBTQ travelers may face unique difficulties, since some states are minority-friendly, while others are still conservative. However, we recommend that you always respect the laws and traditions of other countries. First of all, for your own safety.
In this article, we’ll share some tips on this topic and provide a list of the most LGBTQ-friendly countries in the world.
Do some research
Along with the social norms in a particular country, pay attention to its laws. For example, in some countries (such as Saudi Arabia, or Morocco) same-sexual activity is illegal and may even be punished. Other governments prohibit LGBTQ propaganda or agitation, and it’s important to understand what can be regarded in this way.
Take care, not a risk
Due to some cultural and social stigmas, even in officially gay-friendly states, there may still be people who react aggressively to the LGBTQ individuals. To avoid unnecessary risks and conflicts, always behave neutrally in an unfamiliar environment.
Prepare for border control
Transgender and non-binary persons may face misunderstanding when passing the border control if their ID documents don’t correspond to their representation. You can consider changing your gender designation in your documents, or get a certificate from your therapist, which explains the nuances related to your gender transition. Another option is to prepare a brief statement (in the local language of the destination country) that you can provide to border guards.
According to a report conducted by journalists Usher and Lyric, who run a website about safe travel, in 2023, Canada is the safest country in the world for LGBTQ+.
Here are the top 25 gay-friendly countries, taking into account their laws, the level of transgender homicides and social protection:
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