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Gay and lesbian people often have special interests and special needs when travelling. This page lists three things: events and activities of special interest to, or targeted towards, queer travellers; destinations where open homosexuality is acceptable; and destinations where it might be dangerous to travel, or at least to publicly display affection for a same-sex partner.
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Gay and lesbian people often have special interests when traveling. This page lists three things: events and activities of special interest to, or targeted towards, homosexual travelers; destinations where open homosexuality is acceptable; and destinations where it might be dangerous to travel, or at least to publicly display affection for a same-sex partner.
  
 
==Queer events and activities==
 
==Queer events and activities==
  
 
* The '''Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras''' held annually (February/March) in [[Sydney]].
 
* The '''Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras''' held annually (February/March) in [[Sydney]].
* The '''GLBT Pride Parade''' in [[São Paulo (city)|São Paulo]] in early June is considered the world's largest gay event. The 2005 parade gathered 2.5 million people.
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* The '''GLBT Pride Parade''' in [[São Paulo (city)|São Paulo]] in early June is considered the world's largest gay event. The 2007 parade gathered 3 million people.
 
* The '''San Francisco Celebration and Parade''' held annually (June) in [[San Francisco]].
 
* The '''San Francisco Celebration and Parade''' held annually (June) in [[San Francisco]].
* The [http://www.careresource.org/whiteparty/index.cfm '''White Party'''] held annually (November) in [[Miami]].
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* The '''White Party''' [http://www.careresource.org/whiteparty/index.cfm] held annually (November) in [[Miami]].
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* '''Paris Gay Pride''' [http://www.gaypride.fr] June 28, 2008 : held every summer in the French capital with over 700,000 participants in 2007.
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* '''Swedish Gay Camp''' [http://www.gaycamp.se] July 20-27, 2008 : A camp for gay and bisexual men held every summer in Sweden, open to international participants. Swedish and English speaking.
  
 
== GLBT laws ==
 
== GLBT laws ==
  
[[Image:Laws on homosexuality.PNG|thumb|300px|right|Current map (1 Jul 05)]]
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Through out most of the world GLBT visitors are welcome, but there are some African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern countries where it wouldn't be the best idea to express who you are completely. The map on the right shows the legal status of homosexuality in countries around the world. Dark red countries are where people found to be GLBT are executed. Watch your back when you are traveling in a non-blue country, but even in the United States there are also gay-bashings, but they are not too often.
Through out most of the world GLBT visitors are welcome, but there are some African, Carribbean and Middle Eastern countries where it wouldnt be the best idea to express who you are completely. The map on the right shows the legal status of homosexuality in countries around the world. Dark red countries are where people found to be GLBT are executed. Watch your back when you are traveling in a non-blue country, but even in the United States there are also gay-bashings, but they are not too often.
 
  
 
==Queer friendly destinations==
 
==Queer friendly destinations==
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====Canada====
 
====Canada====
In the western hemisphere, no country is more tolerant and gay friendly than Canada, both in legislation and attitude.  
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*'''[[Edmonton]]''' - Absolutely nothing like its conservative neighbor [[Calgary]]
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In the western hemisphere, no country is more tolerant and gay friendly than Canada, both in legislation and attitude.  That being said, not everyone has followed suit with the movement, particularly in rural areas.
*'''[[Montréal]]''' - North American city with a European flavour. The Quartier Gay isn't an exclusively gay place anymore, it is a place where everybody goes out to have a good time.
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* [[Montréal]] - North American city with a European flavour. The Quartier Gay isn't an exclusively gay place anymore, it is a place where everybody goes out to have a good time.
*'''[[Toronto]]''' - Big 'village' in the big city
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* [[Toronto]] - Big 'village' in the big city
*'''[[Vancouver]]''' - third largest gay community and on the west coast
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* [[Vancouver]] - third largest gay community and on the west coast
  
 
====Mexico====
 
====Mexico====
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A traditionally Catholic country, [[Mexico]] is getting more gay-friendly all the time. Medium-sized and big cities as well as coastal resorts all have gay bars and sometimes gay discos. Watch out, the extrovert Mexicans are never shy of flirting.
 
A traditionally Catholic country, [[Mexico]] is getting more gay-friendly all the time. Medium-sized and big cities as well as coastal resorts all have gay bars and sometimes gay discos. Watch out, the extrovert Mexicans are never shy of flirting.
  
*'''[[Mexico City]]''' - This huge city offers a vast array of gay bars and clubs, from stylish and slick to unassuming and friendly, both in the elegant Zona Rosa and elsewhere.
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* [[Mexico City]] - This huge city offers a vast array of gay bars and clubs, from stylish and slick to unassuming and friendly, both in the elegant Zona Rosa and elsewhere.
*'''[[Acapulco]]''' - Apart from the natural beauty of the Quebrada divers, this party place has hectic night clubs, strip joints and friendly bars. Most of your fellow travellers are Mexican.
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* [[Acapulco]] - Apart from the natural beauty of the Quebrada divers, this party place has hectic night clubs, strip joints and friendly bars. Most of your fellow travellers are Mexican.
 
 
====Atlasia====
 
  
Atlasia is an extremely tolerant country, with gay marriage in the Northeast Region, and civil unions throughout. Polls indicate that 77% support some legal recognition for GLBT couples, and 68% respect their right to adopt. LGBT hotspots include:
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====United States====
  
*'''[[San Francisco]]''' - the "gay mecca" of Atlasia
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By and large the USA is tolerant-to-accepting of LGBT travellers, especially in the larger cities, the Northeast, and the West Coast. Major destinations include:
*'''[[New York City]]''' - birthplace of the Atlasia gay rights movement
 
*'''[[Los Angeles/Hollywood|West Hollywood]]''' - run by kikes
 
*'''[[Fire Island]]''' - a barrier island off the coast of Long Island, New York
 
*'''[[Palm Springs]]''' - a small desert mecca two hours east of Los Angeles - it has amongst the highest proportion of Gays and Lesbians in its population of any Atlasian city - also home to the annual '''White Party''' at Eastertime
 
*'''[[Provincetown]]''' - at the tip of [[Cape Cod]], "P-Town" has long been famous as a queer getaway
 
*'''[[Ogunquit]], [[Maine]]'''
 
*'''[[Rehoboth Beach]]''' - a small beach town on the [[Delaware (state)|Delaware]] coast with a large and active LGBT community
 
  
It should however be noted that much of the [[Rural Southeast Region]], especially the "Intolerance Belt" of Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas are not particularly accepting, as they have large evangelical population.
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* [[San Francisco]] - the "gay mecca" of the USA
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* [[New York City]] - birthplace of the American gay rights movement
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* [[Chicago]] - has an annual Pride Parade in the [[Chicago/Lakeview-North Center|Boystown]] neighborhood, which includes some of the city's best clubs and bars
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* [[Los Angeles/Hollywood|West Hollywood]] - in the heart of the Los Angeles metropolitan area
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* [[Fire Island]] - a barrier island off the coast of Long Island, New York
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* [[Palm Springs]] - a small desert mecca two hours east of Los Angeles - it has amongst the highest proportion of Gays and Lesbians in its population of any American city - also home to the annual '''White Party''' at Eastertime
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* [[Provincetown]] - at the tip of [[Cape Cod]], "P-Town" has long been famous as a queer getaway; and now that '''gay marriage''' is legal in Massachusetts, it's a popular place to tie the knot as well
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* [[Key West]] - the southernmost point of the US is also a famously liberal vacation spot with many options for LGBT travellers
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* [[Miami Beach]] - a glitzy and very queer-friendly beach resort that is also home to the annual '''White Party'''
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* [[Ogunquit]], [[Maine]]
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* [[Rehoboth Beach]] - a small beach town on the [[Delaware (state)|Delaware]] coast with a large and active LGBT community
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* [[Galveston (Texas)|Galveston]] - a small island city just out side of [[Houston (Texas)|Houston]] [[Texas]] that has some "Gay Only" hotels and some beaches that are generally queer only
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* [[Asheville]] - a city in western North Carolina with significant feminist and lesbian/gay communities.
  
 
===South America===
 
===South America===
  
 
====Argentina====
 
====Argentina====
*'''[[Buenos Aires]]''' - The Argentine capital is quickly surpassing Rio as the most popular gay travel destination in South America. The city's first five-star gay hotel is currently under construction, and the city passed same-sex civil union legislation in 2002.
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* [[Buenos Aires]] - The Argentine capital is quickly surpassing Rio as the most popular gay travel destination in South America. The city's first five-star gay hotel is currently under construction, and the city passed same-sex civil union legislation in 2002.
  
 
====Uruguay====
 
====Uruguay====
*'''[[Montevideo]]''' - The Uruguayan capital had a sexual diversity monument installed in 2005.
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* [[Montevideo]] - The Uruguayan capital had a sexual diversity monument installed in 2005.
  
 
===Europe===
 
===Europe===
  
====[[France]]====  
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====[[Czech Republic]]====
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* [[Prague]]
  
France brings gay travellers a new experience in traveling with the french gay and lesbian community sharing their love and knowledge of the country. [http://www.gay-provence.org]
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====[[Denmark]]====
  
====[[Germany]]====
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* [[Copenhagen]]
*'''[[Berlin]]'''
 
*'''[[Cologne]]'''
 
*'''[[Hamburg]]'''
 
  
====[[Italy]]====
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====[[France]]====  
*'''[[Bologna]]''' - Widely recognised as the 'gay capital' of Italy.
 
*'''[[Milan]]'''
 
  
====[[Netherlands]] ([[Holland]])====
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* [[Paris]] - Over 300 different gay and lesbian venues, concentrated around ''Le Marais'', in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements.
  
*'''[[Amsterdam]]''' is also known as the gay capital of Europe. Many clubs have special gay nights every week. A certain area ("Reguliersdwarsstraat") is full of cafés where gay people are more common than heterosexuals. Every summer there is the Gay Pride Parade, taking place in the canals in the city center.
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* [[Provence]] - Southern France brings gay travellers a new experience in traveling with the French gay and lesbian community in Provence sharing their love and knowledge of the country.
  
Amsterdam is getting more and more dangerous because of attacks on gays by muslim gangs.
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====[[Germany]]====
  
====[[Spain]]====
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* [[Berlin]]
*'''[[Barcelona]]'''
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* [[Cologne]]
*'''[[Madrid]]'''
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* [[Hamburg]]
  
====[[United Kingdom]]====
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===[[Hungary]]===
  
*'''[[London]]'''
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* [[Budapest]] - Thermal bath and spa capital of Central Europe with a lively gay scene.
*'''[[Edinburgh]]'''
 
*'''[[Manchester]]'''
 
*'''[[Brighton (England)|Brighton]]'''
 
*[[Hebden Bridge]], a small town in [[West Yorkshire]], has the highest proportion of lesbians in the UK.  
 
  
===Asia===
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====[[Italy]]====
  
====[[Philippines]]====
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* [[Bologna]] - Widely recognised as the 'gay capital' of Italy.
*'''[[Manila]]''' - Known as the gay capital of Asia. One in 18 residents over the age of 15 is gay/lesbian.
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* [[Milan]]
  
====[[Thailand]]====
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====[[Netherlands]] ([[Holland]])====
*'''[[Bangkok]]''' - Known for it's gay tolerance, and it's gay festivals.
 
  
===Croboysteinia===
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* [[Amsterdam]] is also known as the gay capital of Europe. Many clubs have special gay nights every week. A certain area ("Reguliersdwarsstraat") is full of cafés where gay people are more common than heterosexuals. Every summer there is the Gay Pride Parade, taking place in the canals in the city center. Amsterdam is getting more and more dangerous because of attacks on gays by muslim gangs.
  
====Croboy Islands====
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====[[Norway]]====
  
*'''[[Jaodora City]]''' - Home of Croboysteinia's largest GLBT pride festival
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* [[Oslo]]
  
====Doucemania===
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====[[Spain]]====
  
*'''[[Wygan]]''' - The downtown and historic districts are some of the world's most tolerant places in the world
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* [[Barcelona]]
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* [[Madrid]]
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* [[Torremolinos]]
  
*'''[[Caramanca]]''' - The high Swedish immigrant population have brought very LGBT-friendly culture to this city
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====[[Sweden]]====
  
====Uiua====
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* [[Stockholm]]
  
*'''[[Uiuabarr]]''' - Gay bars all around, and a mayor waging a constant fight to make Litecoveria and Yegi more tolerant.
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====[[Turkey]]====
  
*'''Weiuboll Uarabaaku''' - Small resort town south of Uiuabarr, home of a large artsy, gay-friendly community.
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* [[Istanbul]] - has a considerable gay life and tens of gay bars and clubs mainly around Taksim and Beyoglu districts. In the summer of 2007, local GLBT association [http://www.lambdaistanbul.org/php/main.php?menuID=26 Lambda Istanbul] organized a big gay & lesbian parade (Pride Istanbul) out in the streets with the legal permission of local authorities, for the first time in a Muslim country.
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====[[United Kingdom]]====
  
===Midla Nowhere===
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* [[London]]
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* [[Edinburgh]]
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* [[Glasgow]]
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* [[Manchester]]
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* [[Brighton (England)|Brighton]]
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*[[Hebden Bridge]], a small town in [[West Yorkshire]], has the highest proportion of lesbians in the UK.
  
====Der an Liberalia/Wombtktktktkia====
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===Oceania===
  
*'''[[Jewopolis]]''' - The world's most promiscuous city. Very large GLBT community.
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====[[Australia]]====
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* [[Sydney]] - host of the country's largest tourist event, the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which attracts millions of queer-friendly visitors to the city every year
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* [[Melbourne]] - a cultural hub of fantastic museums, art exhibits, and restaurants
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* [[Cairns]] - one of the best spots to see the Great Barrier Reef from, using one of the many gay-friendly local operators
  
*'''[[New Hurton City]]''' - South Wendell Street is almost exclusively gay.
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====[[New Zealand]]====
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* [[Auckland]] - the city comes alive around 1:00am, full of incredible restaurants, pubs with live music, and great dancing places in 'K Road'. Use Auckland as your base to discover the local Maori culture, and organise further travel into the world-famous South Island of New Zealand, with its breathtaking scenery.
  
*'''New Market''' - Suburb of Mt. Shevelshire, very hippie-artsy, has a majority gay population
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===Asia===
  
*'''[[Wombtktktkia]]''' - Tourist city, very big on casinos, brothels, and queer activity.
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====[[Philippines]]====
  
====Middle States===
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* [[Manila]] - Known as the gay capital of Asia. One in 18 residents over the age of 15 is gay/lesbian.
  
*'''[[Calamine City]]''' - Largest city, with an equally large gay community
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====[[Thailand]]====
  
*'''[[City of Jew]]''' - Capital of Longeria, arguably the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement
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* [[Bangkok]] - Known for its gay tolerance, and its gay festivals.
  
*'''[[Phillipa]]''' - Upscale, artsy, university town in Longeria, where 22% of two-partner households are same-sex
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==Dangerous destinations==
  
====Pants====
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===Criminalization===
  
*'''[[Pliquique]]/[[East Pliquique]]''' - Largest city in the country, with a growing, and open LGBT community
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The following countries have '''criminal laws''' against sexual acts between consenting adults of the same sex. '''''[[#Criminalization|Bold Italic Links]]''''' denote countries that have a '''DEATH PENALTY''' for homosexuals.
  
*'''[[Remington Woods]]''' - Pants' oldest city, has an artsy, upscale historic district.
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====[[Africa]]====
  
*'''[[Cameron]]''' - One of the most diverse cities on Earth, ninth-largest city in Pants, and rivalling Jewopolis as the most GLBT-friendly destination in the Midla Nowhere.
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Homosexuality illegal: [[Algeria]], [[Angola]], [[Benin]], [[Botswana]], [[Cameroon]], [[Djibouti]], [[Egypt]], [[Eritrea]], [[Ethiopia]], [[Gambia]], [[Ghana]], [[Guinea]], [[Guinea-Bissau]],  [[Liberia]], [[Libya]], [[Malawi]], '''''[[Mauritania]]''''', [[Mauritius]], [[Morocco]], [[Mozambique]], [[Nigeria]], [[São Tomé and Príncipe]], [[Senegal]], [[Seychelles]], [[Sierra Leone]], '''''[[Somalia]]''''', '''''[[Sudan]]''''', [[Togo]], [[Tunisia]].
  
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Male only: [[Kenya]], [[Lesotho]], [[Swaziland]], [[Tanzania]] (except [[Zanzibar]], where lesbianism is ALSO punishable), [[Uganda]], [[Zambia]], [[Zimbabwe]].
  
==Dangerous destinations==
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====[[Asia]]====
  
===Death penalty===
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Homosexuality illegal: [[Afghanistan]][[Bangladesh]][[Bhutan]], [[Brunei]], [[India]], [[Malaysia]], [[Myanmar]], [[Pakistan]], [[Singapore]], [[Sri Lanka]].
The following destinations have a '''death penalty''' for homosexuals:
 
* [[Cadirich]]
 
* [[Candelania]]
 
* Some portions of [[The Croboy Islands]]
 
* [[Iran]]
 
* [[Mauritania]]
 
* [[New Litecoveria]]
 
* [[Saudi Arabia]]
 
* [[Spicolegypt]]  
 
* [[Sudan]]
 
* [[United Arab Emirates]]
 
* [[Yegi]]
 
* [[Yemen]]
 
* [[Zerbikus]]
 
  
===Criminalization===
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Male only: [[Maldives]], [[Turkmenistan]], [[Uzbekistan]].
  
The following countries have '''criminal laws''' against sexual acts between consenting adults of
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Homosexuality illegal for Muslims only, one province: [[Indonesia]] (Province: [[Aceh]])
the same sex [http://www.ilga.org/statehomophobia/LGB%20in%20World%20Criminal%20Codes%20July%202006.pdf]:
 
  
====[[Africa]]====
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====[[Central America|Central]] and [[South America]]====
[[Algeria]], [[Angola]], [[Benin]], [[Botswana]], [[Cameroon]], [[Djibouti]], [[Egypt]], [[Eritrea]], [[Ethiopia]], [[Gambia]], [[Ghana]], [[Guinea]], [[Guinea-Bissau]], [[Kenya]], [[Lesotho]], [[Liberia]], [[Libya]], [[Malawi]], [[Mauritania]], [[Mauritius]], [[Morocco]], [[Mozambique]], [[Namibia]], [[Nigeria]], [[São Tomé and Príncipe]], [[Senegal]], [[Seychelles]], [[Sierra Leone]], [[Somalia]], [[Spicolegypt]], [[Sudan]], [[Swaziland]], [[Tanzania]], [[Togo]], [[Tunisia]], [[Uganda]], [[Zambia]], [[Zimbabwe]]. 
 
  
====[[Asia]]====
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Homosexuality: [[Nicaragua]] (but will no longer be a criminal offence from March 2008), [[Antigua and Barbuda]], [[Barbados]], [[Belize]], [[Saint Vincent and the Grenadines]], [[Trinidad and Tobago]].
  
[[Afghanistan]], [[Bangladesh]], [[Bhutan]], [[Brunei]], [[India]], [[Indonesia]], [[Malaysia]], [[Maldives]], [[Myanmar]], [[Nepal]], [[Pakistan]], [[Singapore]], [[Sri Lanka]], [[Turkmenistan]], [[Uzbekistan]]. 
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Male homosexuality ("buggery") illegal: [[Guyana]], [[Jamaica]], [[Grenada]], [[Saint Kitts and Nevis]], [[Saint Lucia]],  
  
====[[Central America|Central]] and [[South America]]====
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Anal sex illegal, regardless of gender: [[Dominica]]
  
[[Antigua and Barbuda]], [[Barbados]], [[Belize]], [[Costa Rica]], [[Dominica]], [[Grenada]], [[Guyana]], [[Jamaica]], [[Nicaragua]], [[Saint Kitts and Nevis]], [[Saint Lucia]], [[Saint Vincent and the Grenadines]], [[Trinidad and Tobago]].
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====[[Europe]]====
  
According to ILGA's [http://www.ilga.org/statehomophobia/StateHomophobia3.jpg World Map of State Homophobia], homosexuality in [[Cuba]] is "legal but repressed".
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[[Chechnya]] (more info needed)
  
====[[Europe]]====
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====[[Middle East]]====
* [[Chechnya]], [[Cyprus]]
 
  
====[[Middle East]]====
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Homosexuality illegal: '''''[[Iran]]''''', [[Iraq]], [[Kuwait]], [[Oman]],  [[Qatar]], '''''[[Saudi Arabia]]''''',  [[Syria]], '''''[[Yemen]]'''''.
  
[[Bahrain]], [[Iran]],  [[Iraq]],  [[Kuwait]],  [[Lebanon]], [[Oman]],  [[Qatar]],  [[Saudi Arabia]],  [[Syria]], [[United Arab Emirates]],  [[Yemen]], 
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Male only: [[Bahrain]], [[Lebanon]], [[Palestine]], '''''[[United Arab Emirates]]'''''.
  
 
====[[Oceania]]====
 
====[[Oceania]]====
  
[[Cook Islands]], [[Fiji]], [[Kiribati]], [[Marshall Islands]], [[Nauru]], [[Niue]], [[Palau]], [[Papua New Guinea]], [[Samoa]], [[Solomon Islands]], [[Tokelau]], [[Tonga]], [[Tuvalu]]
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Homosexuality illegal: [[Samoa]], [[Solomon Islands]]
  
====Croboysteinia====
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Male only: [[Cook Islands]], [[Kiribati]], [[Nauru]], [[Niue]], [[Palau]], [[Papua New Guinea]], [[Tokelau]], [[Tonga]], [[Tuvalu]]
  
[[Brandion]], [[Cadirich]], [[Croboy Islands]] [[Litecoveria]], [[Minkford]], [[Yegi]], [[Zerbikus]]
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===Homophobia===
  
====Midla Nowhere====
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The following destinations pose some problems to queer travellers (see also the "Stay safe" section of region and cities articles):
  
[[Candelania]], [[New Litecoveria]]
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* [[Cuba]] - homosexuality is legal but repressed.
===Homophobia===
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The following destinations pose some problems to queer travellers (see also the "Stay safe" section of region and cities articles):
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* [[Poland]] - following an escalation in gay bashings and public demonstrations of homophobia and intolerance by both the population and the government, Poland is increasingly considered an unfriendly destination for gays and lesbians.
*[[Poland]] - following an escalade in gay bashings and public demonstrations of homophobia and intolerance by both the population and the government [http://news.independent.co.uk/europe/article2029283.ece], Poland is increasingly considered an unfriendly destination for gays and lesbians.
 
  
  

Revision as of 17:42, 31 March 2008

    This article is a travel topic

Gay and lesbian people often have special interests when traveling. This page lists three things: events and activities of special interest to, or targeted towards, homosexual travelers; destinations where open homosexuality is acceptable; and destinations where it might be dangerous to travel, or at least to publicly display affection for a same-sex partner.

Queer events and activities

  • The Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras held annually (February/March) in Sydney.
  • The GLBT Pride Parade in São Paulo in early June is considered the world's largest gay event. The 2007 parade gathered 3 million people.
  • The San Francisco Celebration and Parade held annually (June) in San Francisco.
  • The White Party [1] held annually (November) in Miami.
  • Paris Gay Pride [2] June 28, 2008 : held every summer in the French capital with over 700,000 participants in 2007.
  • Swedish Gay Camp [3] July 20-27, 2008 : A camp for gay and bisexual men held every summer in Sweden, open to international participants. Swedish and English speaking.

GLBT laws

Through out most of the world GLBT visitors are welcome, but there are some African, Caribbean and Middle Eastern countries where it wouldn't be the best idea to express who you are completely. The map on the right shows the legal status of homosexuality in countries around the world. Dark red countries are where people found to be GLBT are executed. Watch your back when you are traveling in a non-blue country, but even in the United States there are also gay-bashings, but they are not too often.

Queer friendly destinations

If you're not seeking out specifically queer events and activities, but want a hassle-free holiday, consider these destinations:

North America

Canada

In the western hemisphere, no country is more tolerant and gay friendly than Canada, both in legislation and attitude. That being said, not everyone has followed suit with the movement, particularly in rural areas.

  • Montréal - North American city with a European flavour. The Quartier Gay isn't an exclusively gay place anymore, it is a place where everybody goes out to have a good time.
  • Toronto - Big 'village' in the big city
  • Vancouver - third largest gay community and on the west coast

Mexico

A traditionally Catholic country, Mexico is getting more gay-friendly all the time. Medium-sized and big cities as well as coastal resorts all have gay bars and sometimes gay discos. Watch out, the extrovert Mexicans are never shy of flirting.

  • Mexico City - This huge city offers a vast array of gay bars and clubs, from stylish and slick to unassuming and friendly, both in the elegant Zona Rosa and elsewhere.
  • Acapulco - Apart from the natural beauty of the Quebrada divers, this party place has hectic night clubs, strip joints and friendly bars. Most of your fellow travellers are Mexican.

United States

By and large the USA is tolerant-to-accepting of LGBT travellers, especially in the larger cities, the Northeast, and the West Coast. Major destinations include:

  • San Francisco - the "gay mecca" of the USA
  • New York City - birthplace of the American gay rights movement
  • Chicago - has an annual Pride Parade in the Boystown neighborhood, which includes some of the city's best clubs and bars
  • West Hollywood - in the heart of the Los Angeles metropolitan area
  • Fire Island - a barrier island off the coast of Long Island, New York
  • Palm Springs - a small desert mecca two hours east of Los Angeles - it has amongst the highest proportion of Gays and Lesbians in its population of any American city - also home to the annual White Party at Eastertime
  • Provincetown - at the tip of Cape Cod, "P-Town" has long been famous as a queer getaway; and now that gay marriage is legal in Massachusetts, it's a popular place to tie the knot as well
  • Key West - the southernmost point of the US is also a famously liberal vacation spot with many options for LGBT travellers
  • Miami Beach - a glitzy and very queer-friendly beach resort that is also home to the annual White Party
  • Ogunquit, Maine
  • Rehoboth Beach - a small beach town on the Delaware coast with a large and active LGBT community
  • Galveston - a small island city just out side of Houston Texas that has some "Gay Only" hotels and some beaches that are generally queer only
  • Asheville - a city in western North Carolina with significant feminist and lesbian/gay communities.

South America

Argentina

  • Buenos Aires - The Argentine capital is quickly surpassing Rio as the most popular gay travel destination in South America. The city's first five-star gay hotel is currently under construction, and the city passed same-sex civil union legislation in 2002.

Uruguay

  • Montevideo - The Uruguayan capital had a sexual diversity monument installed in 2005.

Europe

Czech Republic

Denmark

France

  • Paris - Over 300 different gay and lesbian venues, concentrated around Le Marais, in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements.
  • Provence - Southern France brings gay travellers a new experience in traveling with the French gay and lesbian community in Provence sharing their love and knowledge of the country.

Germany

Hungary

  • Budapest - Thermal bath and spa capital of Central Europe with a lively gay scene.

Italy

  • Bologna - Widely recognised as the 'gay capital' of Italy.
  • Milan

Netherlands (Holland)

  • Amsterdam is also known as the gay capital of Europe. Many clubs have special gay nights every week. A certain area ("Reguliersdwarsstraat") is full of cafés where gay people are more common than heterosexuals. Every summer there is the Gay Pride Parade, taking place in the canals in the city center. Amsterdam is getting more and more dangerous because of attacks on gays by muslim gangs.

Norway

Spain

Sweden

Turkey

  • Istanbul - has a considerable gay life and tens of gay bars and clubs mainly around Taksim and Beyoglu districts. In the summer of 2007, local GLBT association Lambda Istanbul organized a big gay & lesbian parade (Pride Istanbul) out in the streets with the legal permission of local authorities, for the first time in a Muslim country.

United Kingdom

Oceania

Australia

  • Sydney - host of the country's largest tourist event, the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which attracts millions of queer-friendly visitors to the city every year
  • Melbourne - a cultural hub of fantastic museums, art exhibits, and restaurants
  • Cairns - one of the best spots to see the Great Barrier Reef from, using one of the many gay-friendly local operators

New Zealand

  • Auckland - the city comes alive around 1:00am, full of incredible restaurants, pubs with live music, and great dancing places in 'K Road'. Use Auckland as your base to discover the local Maori culture, and organise further travel into the world-famous South Island of New Zealand, with its breathtaking scenery.

Asia

Philippines

  • Manila - Known as the gay capital of Asia. One in 18 residents over the age of 15 is gay/lesbian.

Thailand

  • Bangkok - Known for its gay tolerance, and its gay festivals.

Dangerous destinations

Criminalization

The following countries have criminal laws against sexual acts between consenting adults of the same sex. Bold Italic Links denote countries that have a DEATH PENALTY for homosexuals.

Africa

Homosexuality illegal: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia.

Male only: Kenya, Lesotho, Swaziland, Tanzania (except Zanzibar, where lesbianism is ALSO punishable), Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Asia

Homosexuality illegal: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka.

Male only: Maldives, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.

Homosexuality illegal for Muslims only, one province: Indonesia (Province: Aceh)

Central and South America

Homosexuality: Nicaragua (but will no longer be a criminal offence from March 2008), Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago.

Male homosexuality ("buggery") illegal: Guyana, Jamaica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia,

Anal sex illegal, regardless of gender: Dominica

Europe

Chechnya (more info needed)

Middle East

Homosexuality illegal: Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen.

Male only: Bahrain, Lebanon, Palestine, United Arab Emirates.

Oceania

Homosexuality illegal: Samoa, Solomon Islands

Male only: Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu

Homophobia

The following destinations pose some problems to queer travellers (see also the "Stay safe" section of region and cities articles):

  • Cuba - homosexuality is legal but repressed.
  • Poland - following an escalation in gay bashings and public demonstrations of homophobia and intolerance by both the population and the government, Poland is increasingly considered an unfriendly destination for gays and lesbians.
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