People act like “being gay” just started 10 years ago. As persecution for being open and comfortable with your same sex partner dies down, gay travel destinations have gone UP! Once upon a time, there were only a few places that a same sex couple could steal away to for a romantic vacation. But now things are different. Realistically, this should not be an article, the WORLD should be your travel destination without boundaries and restrictions on sexual orientation. We are not there yet but there are many locations that are great!
1. Canada. Canada is one of the most open countries to LGBT. From Vancouver to Montreal to Toronto, Canada is WAY more open than the U.S. and way more advance for LGBT rights.
2. Thailand. Thailand is very open with LGBT. In fact, transgenders are considered more beautiful than straight women. Walking Street in Pattaya has a huge following for gay men and transgender entertainers. There are many gay prostitute out on the streets and the Pattaya beach roads. Thai people are very polite and not judgemental when it comes to sexuality. Gender is not a big issue there as long as the tourist are nice and respect Thai culture. Thailand also has a bunch of clinics for sex change surgeries.
3. Portugal. It is one of the countries that has allowed same sex marriage. It began in 2010. It is open and accepts LGBT relationships. However, gay couples are not allowed to adopt children.
4. Spain. The country has a lot to offer for shopping, nightlife and attractions. It is also one of the top list of countries that had legalized same sex marriage. Gran Canaria island and Sitges are two of the hottest destinations.
5. France. Whenever I heard of France before I automatically thought it was untra-conservative and close minded but the truth is they are pretty open. In fact, their openness toward LGBT has made the same sex marriage possible.
6. Philippines. The Philippines is also another country that is pretty accepting of LGBT lifestyle. You may get looks out of curiosity but people won’t really point out or criticize you for being gay. A transgender man is treated like woman. Cross-dressing is common to see. Gays are respected in the Philippines as they are very talented, smart and very skillful. There is definitely no beauty salon in the Philippines without a gay employee. Gays are accepted in the society.
7. Japan. Japan is another country that are open to different sexual orientations. Gender is not an issue but public affection like kissing, hugging and intimate actions may be strange at some more conservative places in the Japan. In the 90’s many filipino LGBT would fly to Japan to achieve that physical beauty of a ‘Woman’.
8. Israel. It is know as is known as the one of the world’s most friendly and most open country for gay travelers. They also celebrate an annual gay and lesbian film festival and LGBT Pride Festival.
9. Greece. Greece offers an island especially for gay travel with its own restaurants, spa, hotels and clubs. An island called Mykonos is the top gay destination in Greece.
10. Peru. It was one of the 54 states to support the UN resolution against sexual orientation discrimination in 2006. Peru’s openness allows things like tours especially for LGBT such as Out Adventures and Gay Peru Tours.
Countries that have Legalized Gay Marriage:
- Netherlands -has legalized same sex marriage on year 2001
- Canada -2005
- Norway – 2009
- Belgium – 2003
- Spain – 2005
- South Africa -2006
- Stockholm Sweden -2009 will feel like home as they are very fine with gay/lesbian society and is like its own city. Being gay is not a big deal. People are very open minded about it. They also have ‘Pride festival’ held every july.
- Argentina – 2010
- Iceland – 2010
- France – 2013
- Denmark- 2012
- Portugal -2010
- Brazil – 2013