The most dangerous (and safest) countries for LGBTQ travelers
Instead of relying on hearsay and anecdotes from other travelers, researchers at the University for Business and Technology in Kosovo took a deep look at LGBTQ+ rights, country by country. They gathered data from a variety of trusted international sources to create a “LGBTQ+ Danger Index” that will help LGBTQ travelers find the worst (and safest) countries for LGBTQ travel.
Being born this way can be rough, but one thing should not give you anxiety when you’re trans, bi, lesbian, queer, or gay: travel. Europe, North America, Oceania, Africa, Asia, and South America all have LGBTQ-safe countries where it’s OK to just be you. These are some of the best places for LGBTQ+ travel enthusiasts to go, where queer and trans individuals have important basic rights and protections like marriage equality, constitutional protections, and hate-crime punishments for targeted violence. By looking at the legal rights of each country, researchers found these top 25 LGBTQ-friendly countries, which often serve as the top gay vacation destinations for travelers the world over:
6. United Kingdom
12. New Zealand
15. South Africa
24. United States
One country might surprise you for not ranking highly on the list: the United States. One reason for that is, of course, that there is a great deal of variation in gay rights depending on the state you’re in. There are also no constitutional or broad protections for LGBTQ+ rights under federal law in the U.S. Also, in some states, LGBTQ+ youth do not have access to helpful information, with these so-called “no-promo homo” laws counting in the “propaganda/morality” category. The U.S. might have come far, but it has a long way to go in terms of LGBTQ+ rights, especially for young transgender people.