Here Are The Essential Resources For LGBTQ Travelers

By Leah Freeman-Haskin


There are more than seventy countries around the world that still consider consensual same-sex sexual relations a crime, sometimes carrying severe punishment.  For LGBTQ travelers, it’s important to have up-to-date information on navigating foreign laws. Since most of this information you won’t find in your local guidebook, here are some resources to get you started. 

U.S. State Department site offers basic travel tips for LGBTQ travelers including U.S. Embassy locations, checklists, and general safety tips. 

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association provides a huge network of queer-approved hotels, transportation providers, tourism boards, travel agencies, tour operators, event promoters, and local media in over 80 countries worldwide.

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Equaldex is a relatively new site that includes an interactive map of the world, showing LGBTQ rights–related laws for every country. 

Refuge Restrooms offers a comprehensive resource for trans, intersex, and gender-nonconforming individuals that maps out safe restrooms around the world. 

National Center for Transgender Equality is an advocacy organization providing information relevant to gender-nonconforming and transgender travelers. Their guide to airport security addresses concerns around potentially intrusive TSA screenings. 

World Rainbow Hotels showcases LGBTQ events and news around the world as well as a list of queer-friendly hotels. 

OutRight Action International publishes news on LGBTQ issues around the world that can be very relevant to upcoming travel plans. 

RELATED: How South Africa Became An Unlikely World Leader For LGBTQ Rights

Erasing 76 Crimes is a news blog that offers current events and global developments related to the LGBTQ community in areas including the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, and the Americas. 

GoAbroad’s LGBTQ Study Abroad Guide is aimed at queer students who are interested in studying abroad. The guide include tips on how to come out to your host family, LGBTQ scholarships, and a list of queer-friendly study abroad programs.

[Source: msn.com

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