What are the most LGBT-friendly travel countries in the world?

What are the most LGBT-friendly travel countries in the world?

Answer: Portugal, Sweden, and Canada are the most LGBT-friendly travel countries in the world according to the 2019 SPARTACUS Gay Travel Index.

In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid marked what many consider to be history’s first major protest on behalf of equal rights for LGBT people. The riots set into motion a chain of events from major demonstrations that year, to New York’s first official gay pride parade the year after, to June being designated LGBT Pride Month, to just recently the New York Police Department formally apologizing for its role in the Stonewall Riots, and for the discriminatory laws that targeted gay people. Some countries are more well known than others for being LGBT-friendly which is something that is tracked by the SPARTACUS Gay Travel Index every year.

As their website notes, “The SPARTACUS Gay Travel Index is updated annually to inform travelers about the situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in 197 countries and regions.” Seemingly out of nowhere, Portugal made a giant leap this year from 27th place to the top of the Index and now shares the 1st place with Sweden and Canada. Spartacus noted that thanks to legal improvements for trans- and intersex persons, as well as anti-hate crime initiatives, the tiny country on the west coast of the Iberian peninsula, made a large step forward. Another country that was applauded by the index was India. Again, thanks to the decriminalization of homosexuality and an improved social climate, India has risen from 104 to 57 on the Travel Index. Spartacus also noted that last year the criminalization of homosexual acts was abolished in Trinidad and Tobago and Angola as well.

While the site mentions that the situation for LGBT travelers in Brazil, Germany, and the USA has worsened, none of those three countries come close to being as dangerous as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Somalia and the Chechen Republic in Russia. In these countries, homosexuals are widely persecuted and threatened with death. On the whole, the SPARTACUS Gay Travel Index is assembled using 14 criteria in three categories. As noted, “the first category is civil rights. Among other things it assesses whether gays and lesbians are allowed to marry, whether there are anti-discrimination laws in place, or whether the same age of consent applies to both heterosexual and homosexual couples.” Below, Statista took metrics from the index and mapped them for illustrative purposes.

Infographic: Gay Friendly? | Statista