So, if you’re LGBT traveler and don’t particularly want to spend your holiday just in LGBT hot-spots. Although, you don’t want to hide who you are either – where are the best places to go?
There two camps regarding this issue.
- Some in the LGBT community say that “ we shouldn’t be sending people to countries where it’s illegal to be gay,” .
- Others in the community say“We like to think we’re a little more progressive than that. The LGBT community has long been used to dealing with discrimination and is mindful of the potential pitfalls. We should not be boycotting countries where it’s illegal to be gay.”
Holiday destinations for LGBT travelers
We subscribe to the second view. We generally try to steer away from featuring travel destinations, where it’s illegal to be gay or where it’s okay to discriminate against LGBT travelers. Having said this we have some surprise feature destinations. Here they are,
Cape Town, South Africa
Although,when thinking of LGBT travel destinations, Africa is not the first to come to mind. Did you know, that, South Africa was in fact the fifth country in the world – and the first (and only) country in Africa – to legalize gay marriage. Same-sex couples can adopt children, and have full access to IVF treatments. Probably the city LGBT travelers can feel most comfortable in is, Cape Town. Also known as “the gay capital of Africa”.. Handily, South Africa has absolutely loads to offer from safari, city, to sun-and-sea. So this is a particularly great choice for LGBT travelers.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina became the first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage and in 2010 a law was passed allowing same-sex couples to adopt a child. The capital, Buenos Aires, hosts a huge Pride event every year in November, which attracts thousands of visitors. Renowned for its nightlife, there’s masses of history, culture and boutique shopping to explore too. Read The Independent’s recent guide to 48 hours in the city for more.
Iceland was the first country to have an openly gay prime minister and in June 2010, it legalized gay marriage. Since then, same-sex couples have had the same access to IVF treatment and adoption as heterosexual couples. It also just so happens to be one of Europe’s best travel destinations, offering natural wonders like geysers, glaciers, volcanoes and the Northern Lights alongside its modern, vibrant capital of Reykjavik.
This coastal Catalonian town is known for it’s LGBT scene. Sitges, is very Gay friendly. It has a very inclusive feel, which is very comforting and relaxing. Exactly how you want to feel when you are on holiday.” The coastal, Catalonian town is known for its LGBT scene.
Mykonos is the most cosmopolitan of the Greek Islands. It’s not rare to find families alongside gay, lesbian and transgender travelers. Hotels on the island have, over time, improved their staff training. There are also a handful of LGBT bars and are welcoming of all. You’ll also find a predominantly gay beach at Super Paradise which is a good and welcoming spot for transgender travelers too.”
We hope that these suggested Gay travel destinations help guide you in booking your next Gay Holiday trip.