The most LGBT-friendly countries
Apart from COVID-19, human rights as well seem to enter a dark period, with some nations sliding dangerously backward according to LGBT rights. As crazy as it can sound, even if the LGBT community occupies most of the cultural scene, in 2020 (and soon 2021), the policies of the rights and the social acceptance of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, or queer still vary greatly on each country; and it is still a fight of every day to have their status recognized as equal in terms of rights and in front of the law.
Conversion therapies, discriminations, criminalization, and even the death penalty in at least a dozen countries, are so many things still happening worldwide. Hopefully, some places are improving and adapting over the years more progressive rules according to the LBTQ communities and slowly recognizing their status as equal in rights, and more and more countries adopt the policy of same-sex marriage, adoption for same-sex couples, or legal gender changes. If you are a couple or single and you wonder which place is the best to live or visit as LGBTQ, we selected for you the best countries for LGBT communities and the most gay-friendly countries to visit.
Our beloved Canada, is counted as one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly countries in the world and by far the best country for LGBTQ rights overall, not only according to the law but as well according to social acceptance; more than 84 percent of the Canadian population is thinking that their country is a good place for LGBTQ to live in. That’s more than half of the population, counted as an overwhelming majority! Apart from being very progressive, Canada played a leading role as well across the pacific in the democratization of the LGBTQ communities as, in 2005, it became one of the first countries outside of Europe to legalize and accept same-sex marriage. What a great day it was!
According to Equaldex, Canada is a territory of liberties for LGBTQ people, including making gender changes legal. Adoption is accepted and legal, making it easier for LGBTQ+ people to start families, and illegal discrimination in housing or employment is not accepted at all, setting the bar very high next to most LGBTQ-friendly countries in the world. As well, Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal host several famous LGBTQ events and festivals throughout the year raising Canada far in front as the most friendly country in the world, with one of the widest LGBTQ scenes.
From the European side, Sweden is considered as one of the best countries for LGBT rights, and one of the most progressive, welcoming, and open-minded nation, where inclusion is central; thus, making it a perfect travel destination for LGBT people from all over the world. Apart from being known for hosting the Europride three times during the last three decades, Sweden is recognized worldwide for its pride celebrations, with over 30 different Prides celebrations throughout the year and all over the country.
People commonly say that the country is gay since 1944, as 2020 heralds the 76th anniversary of the decriminalization of homosexuality in Sweden; in addition, Sweden proudly counts now 11 years of equal same-gender marriage. Stockholm was considered as the world’s most “Open Cities” in the world thanks to its inclusive LGBT scene, followed closely by Gothenburg, another fabulous city with a strong LGBT community.;
The liberal Netherlands is now very well-known as one of the most LGBT-friendly countries in the world, as one of the first countries in the world to really legalize gay marriage in 2001, right after the first attempt of Denmark in 1989. The country hosts a very important gay and lesbian scene featuring amazing nightlife and a lot of gay-friendly businesses.
As well, Amsterdam is not only known for its legal cannabis, it’s also one of the gayest places on earth, hosting every year in August its annual pride, where colorful floats proudly travel down the city’s network of canals. The Netherlands truly is one of the most gay-friendly countries in the world, with data from ILGA-Europe showing that the country scores 62% in terms of its overall LGBTQ rights, winning the 10th position among 49 countries in Europe.