The Safest And The Most Dangerous Countries For LGBTQ+ Travelers

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Rated 150 popular countries by their laws and reviews of travelers.

Asher & Lyric published a rating of the most dangerous and safe countries for LGBT travelers in 2019 – The Worst (& Safest) Countries for LGBTQ+ Travel in 2019. It included 150 of the most popular tourist destinations, which were evaluated by eight criteria. These included the legality of same-sex marriage, the protection of LGBT persons from discrimination in society and the workplace, the presence or absence of anti-LGBT propaganda, and the percentage of people who praised government life in Gallup studies.

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The following key indicators are assessed:

  • Anti-discrimination legislation.
  • Marriage/civil partnership.
  • Adoption procedures.
  • Rights of transgender people.
  • Age of consent.

Other categories receive negative points:

  • Religious influence.
  • Travel restrictions for HIV-positive people.
  • Anti-gay-laws.
  • Criminal liability for homosexuality.
  • Prohibition of gay Pride.
  • The hostility of the population.
  • Prosecution.
  • Murders.
  • Death penalty.

Sweden was the safest country, with a top-five or 322 points in the ranking. Second and third places were taken by Canada and Norway. Portugal, Belgium, Great Britain, Finland, France, and Iceland were also in the top 10. Malta, New Zealand, Netherlands, Denmark, South Africa, Ireland, Australia, and Uruguay got the top four plus.

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The USA took the 23rd place among all countries.

Top safest 10 US states for LGBTQ+ travelers

  • California
  • Nevada, New York.
  • Colorado,
  • Connecticut,
  • Illinois,
  • Massachusetts,
  • Oregon,
  • Washington,
  • district of Columbia
  • New Jersey,
  • Washington state

15 the most dangerous states in the United States for LGBTQ+ travelers

  • Ohio
  • Wyoming,
  • South Carolina,
  • Oklahoma,
  • North Dakota,
  • North Carolina,
  • Alabama
  • West Virginia,
  • Texas,
  • Tennessee,
  • South Dakota,
  • Nebraska,
  • Missouri,
  • Mississippi,
  • Kentucky

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The authors recognized Nigeria as the most dangerous country for LGBT+. Low ratings were given to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Iran, Sudan, Barbados, Malaysia, Malawi and Yemen. Russia came in 42nd place with two and minus 16 points for legal prosecution of LGBT organizations (banning the propaganda of non-traditional relations).

22 the most dangerous countries for LGBTQ+ travelers

  • Chechnya (Russia)
  • Somalia
  • Iran, Saudi Arabia
  • Yemen
  • The United Arab Emirates,
  • Livia,
  • Afghanistan
  • Qatar,
  • Nigeria,
  • Malaysia,
  • Malawi,
  • Cameroon
  • Zimbabwe,
  • Uganda,
  • Turkmenistan,
  • Tanzania,
  • Sudan,
  • Kuwait,
  • Indonesia,
  • Eritrea,
  • Egypt.

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Asher & Lyric also shared practical advice for LGBT travelers: “In some cities, the LGBT community may be treated more friendly than the country as a whole, even if discrimination is legislated. In any case, study the issue, watch the latest news, and if you have any concerns, go to a safer country. We also advise LGBT travelers to study the precautions that our experts have gathered.


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