Here Are The Safest Countries For LGBTQ+ Travelers To Visit
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
If you are part of the LGBTQ+ community and have concerns about your safety when it comes to international travel, the 2019 LGBTQ+ Danger Index was recently published by Asher and Lyric, a website that promotes health and safety advice for international travelers. Featuring a study of the world’s most and least dangerous countries for LGBTQ+ travel, the report reveals the “good, the average and the utterly grotesque.”
According to the website, “instead of relying on hearsay and anecdotes from other travelers, we took a deep look at LGBTQ+ rights, country by country. We’ve gathered data from a variety of trusted international sources to create a ‘LGBTQ+ Danger Index’ that will help you find the worst (and safest) countries for LGBTQ+ travel.”
The report takes into consideration a range of concerns including protection against discrimination, hate crimes, illegal same-sex relationships, and more. Weighing these issues, the list ranks 150 countries from least to most safe.
“To measure LGBTQ+ safety abroad, one cannot look only at data on whether or not same-sex marriage is legal and if anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination laws are in place. It also depends on the general attitude of the culture, minutiae of the legal system, and oppression of LGBTQ+ rights. These issues can affect everything, from your ability to show public displays of affection to being able to share a hotel room bed to the capacity at which you can use dating apps without being caught by the local police,” says the Asher and Lyric website.
Sweden and Canada top the list for the safest countries, with legalized same-sex marriage, worker protections, protections against discrimination, and the criminalization of violence.
Here are the top 10 safest countries for LGBTQ+ travelers, according to the 2019 index:
- United Kingdom
Although this list acts as a helpful guide, it is important to note that you should always take precautions while traveling, learn local social customs, and check travel.state.gov for more details on LGBTQ+ safety before you leave home.