While we are still striving toward universal acceptance of same-sex
love, LGBTQ travelers will be happy to know that the planet Earth is,
by and large, a big, gay-friendly world. Those worried about exploring
the globe for fear of homophobia or hatred should be of good
cheer—there are tons of fascinating destinations that are
open-minded and unashamed, from electing LGBTQ officials to hosting
lavish Pride celebrations! Read up on some of the most LGBTQ-friendly
countries and be prepared to pack your rainbow chaps, Mary!
O, Canada! The United States’ northern neighbor is a big land
full of big love, and they are unafraid to show it. Canada
is one of the only nations in the world to host a national pride
event, with each province and major city also hosting a significant
party! What other country has seen their cis, straight, white leader
(Justin Trudeau) marching in a Pride parade complete with a waving
rainbow flag, wishing onlookers a happy Pride? It also became the
first country to celebrate the LGBTQ community on its currency, with
the 2019 Canadian $1 coin commemorating the struggle for LGBTQ rights.
Specific cities with thriving scenes include Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
Show your pride all year
long with a go-get-em
in shiny rainbow colors
2. The Netherlands
There is probably no safer place to walk hand-in-hand down the
street with your bae, regardless of your respective gender identities,
Netherlands is a beacon of acceptance and tolerance, and a place
where visitors from all walks of life will feel “normal” and welcome.
On top of being the first country in the world to legalize gay
marriage, all the way back in 2001, it also decriminalized
homosexuality all the way back in 1811, when worldwide tolerance was
pretty much nil. Today, Amsterdam is home to one of the world’s most
unique and rockin’ Pride parades, which is held on boats through the
canals that run through the city. There’s also the very important
Homomonument, completed in the 80s, which commemorated the
homosexuals persecuted during World War II.
Tip: Sashay, shantay—the canals will be your runway
with a fierce,
cross body bag
that’s eons hipper than
dad’s fanny pack
Tango fans—have you ever been to a queer milongo? You’ll find
them in droves here, along with a rich and storied LGBTQ history and
heritage that dwarves other destinations in the Americas. This was the
first Latin American nation to embrace gay marriage, and only the 10th
overall in the world. Today, it is one of the most trans-friendly
locations in the world, having written gender-identity affirming laws
into existence. Looking for a destination elopement? Argentina
is your place—Puerto Madryn in Patagonia offers a “Casamiento
Express” (Express Marriage) package for visiting gay couples, in
which anyone regardless of nationality can get married in just five days.
Make your G-A-Y getaway effortless with just a
—albeit, one that can do it all.
4. South Africa
While Africa (the continent) still lags decades behind the rest of
the world when it comes to its treatment and acceptance of LGBTQ
Africa (the country) has shined as a beacon of equality and
tolerance. Johannesburg and Cape Town both have enormous Pride events
each year that are destinations in their own right, with the largest
being called “Africa Pride.” Gay marriage has been legal since 2006,
trans rights are valued, and equality is literally written into the
constitution. You go, Glen Coco!
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will allow you some uber-chill shut-eye while vibing to your
This is just a small sampling of nations around the globe that are
welcoming and friendly for LGBTQ travelers. It is by no means
exhaustive! Thinking about getting hitched overseas? Learn
to pack for a destination wedding!
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