Posted by on May 15, 2020

Australia is the 17th safest country for LGBT travellers according to new research, ahead of the United States but behind Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

Travel bloggers and researchers Asher and Lyric Fergusson created the LGBTQ+ Danger Index by ranking the 150 most-visited countries according to eight criteria, including the legalisation of same-sex marriage, anti-discrimination laws, adoption recognition and Gallup poll findings. 

They found Sweden is the safest country in the world for LGBT travellers, followed by Canada in second place and Norway in third. Australia came 17th and was given a B+ rating, behind Ireland at 16th, New Zealand at 12th and the United Kingdom at sixth.

The most dangerous countries in the world for LGBT travellers according to the index are Nigeria, Qatar, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Tanzania, which have all criminalised homosexuality. Other countries, such as China, Russia and Indonesia, ranked poorly due to their strict censorship laws and lack of protections for LGBT people.

Perhaps surprisingly, the United States didn’t even make the top twenty, placing 24th behind Luxembourg, Slovenia and Germany. According to Fergusson, this is because gay rights vary by state in the US and there are no constitutional or federal protections for LGBT people.

Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia spokeswoman Louise Terry told the Star Observer while Australia “continues to be on the wish-list of many LGBTQ+ international travellers”, its reputation as an LGBT-friendly destination may have been damaged by the delay in achieving marriage equality.

“On the global stage, Australia has been late to progress in areas like same-sex marriage, with New Zealand passing laws in 2013 and Canada in 2005,” Terry said.

“Marriage equality in Australia in 2017 was such a positive turning point for the LGBTQ+ community in providing recognition of relationships, but it came such a long time after many other countries, and the way in which it was conducted generated media headlines, not all positive, that likely impacted on people’s perceptions of Australia.”

Even so, she said there are “so many reasons to visit” Australia and encouraged LGBT travellers to take advantage of Australia’s “beautiful beaches, vast, breathtaking outback landscapes, the world’s oldest living Indigenous culture, city life and country towns and some of the world’s most-loved pride events”. 

Australia

Origin Departure date Return date Find Ticket

Melbourne

01.09.2020

02.09.2020

Tickets from 100

Gold Coast

01.07.2020

06.07.2020

Tickets from 114

Brisbane

11.08.2020

18.08.2020

Tickets from 150

Adelaide

05.06.2020

08.06.2020

Tickets from 174

Hobart

17.07.2020

19.07.2020

Tickets from 193

Auckland

01.08.2020

16.08.2020

Tickets from 238

Cairns

07.11.2020

14.11.2020

Tickets from 292

Townsville

11.09.2020

13.09.2020

Tickets from 295

Singapore

15.01.2021

29.01.2021

Tickets from 341

Perth

20.08.2020

31.08.2020

Tickets from 406

Jakarta

08.11.2020

15.11.2020

Tickets from 431

Bangkok

11.01.2021

25.01.2021

Tickets from 432

Kuala Lumpur

06.11.2020

13.11.2020

Tickets from 437

Denpasar Bali

21.11.2020

28.11.2020

Tickets from 457

Manila

01.03.2021

15.03.2021

Tickets from 470

Guangzhou

31.12.2020

31.01.2021

Tickets from 502

Nadi

17.09.2020

18.09.2020

Tickets from 523

Hong Kong

15.12.2020

07.01.2021

Tickets from 541

Medan

11.01.2021

25.01.2021

Tickets from 542

Colombo

22.11.2020

29.11.2020

Tickets from 543

Phuket

25.11.2020

25.12.2020

Tickets from 548

Penang

24.01.2021

07.02.2021

Tickets from 550

CRK

23.02.2021

08.03.2021

Tickets from 558

Taipei

17.03.2021

25.03.2021

Tickets from 594

Beijing

09.12.2020

25.12.2020

Tickets from 612

Phnom Penh

14.08.2020

24.08.2020

Tickets from 620

Tokyo

01.09.2020

09.09.2020

Tickets from 643

Da Nang

04.08.2020

22.09.2020

Tickets from 643

Honolulu

19.08.2020

27.08.2020

Tickets from 652

Seoul

01.09.2020

09.09.2020

Tickets from 675

Noumea

23.07.2020

26.07.2020

Tickets from 685

New Delhi

08.11.2020

25.11.2020

Tickets from 737

Hanoi

08.07.2020

15.07.2020

Tickets from 753

Hyderabad

31.01.2021

04.02.2021

Tickets from 797

Nha Trang

08.02.2021

18.02.2021

Tickets from 807

Shanghai

28.07.2020

08.08.2020

Tickets from 897

San Francisco

27.10.2020

09.11.2020

Tickets from 968

Mumbai

15.12.2020

21.01.2021

Tickets from 1 042

London

15.09.2020

20.10.2020

Tickets from 1 042

Los Angeles

01.01.2021

17.01.2021

Tickets from 1 043

Vancouver

22.10.2020

29.10.2020

Tickets from 1 083

Kathmandu

02.07.2020

08.08.2020

Tickets from 1 109

Nanjing

28.07.2020

08.08.2020

Tickets from 1 110

Tel Aviv-Yafo

01.03.2021

31.03.2021

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Portland

01.08.2020

31.08.2020

Tickets from 1 144

Prague

01.09.2020

15.09.2020

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Vladivostok

24.08.2020

31.08.2020

Tickets from 1 150

Stockholm

21.11.2020

28.11.2020

Tickets from 1 178

Cape Town

17.01.2021

23.01.2021

Tickets from 1 181

Nice

05.09.2020

30.09.2020

Tickets from 1 186

Washington

12.08.2020

26.08.2020

Tickets from 1 189

Paris

04.07.2020

18.07.2020

Tickets from 1 189

Sharjah

07.09.2020

17.09.2020

Tickets from 1 193

San Diego

04.10.2020

24.10.2020

Tickets from 1 220

Dublin

13.07.2020

06.08.2020

Tickets from 1 226

Newcastle

07.10.2020

21.10.2020

Tickets from 1 230

Manchester

10.12.2020

30.12.2020

Tickets from 1 233

Denver

03.09.2020

07.09.2020

Tickets from 1 235

Dubai

07.09.2020

17.09.2020

Tickets from 1 236

New York

15.10.2020

19.10.2020

Tickets from 1 237

Minsk

28.12.2020

10.01.2021

Tickets from 1 242

Khabarovsk

01.09.2020

09.09.2020

Tickets from 1 253

Munich

01.11.2020

26.11.2020

Tickets from 1 265

Kuwait City

10.03.2021

16.03.2021

Tickets from 1 275

Moscow

10.08.2020

17.08.2020

Tickets from 1 278

Berlin

18.11.2020

02.12.2020

Tickets from 1 291

Zurich

02.01.2021

17.01.2021

Tickets from 1 292

Frankfurt

01.09.2020

30.09.2020

Tickets from 1 296

Lyon

31.07.2020

24.08.2020

Tickets from 1 304

Helsinki

13.07.2020

27.07.2020

Tickets from 1 306

Toronto

09.10.2020

20.10.2020

Tickets from 1 325

Oakland

04.01.2021

20.01.2021

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Chicago

11.08.2020

28.08.2020

Tickets from 1 344

Phoenix

07.10.2020

12.10.2020

Tickets from 1 356

Istanbul

27.03.2021

15.04.2021

Tickets from 1 362

Dallas

17.07.2020

31.07.2020

Tickets from 1 364

Mandalay

01.12.2020

06.12.2020

Tickets from 1 378

Jeddah

10.03.2021

17.03.2021

Tickets from 1 382

Venice

01.09.2020

10.09.2020

Tickets from 1 383

Montreal

19.12.2020

31.12.2020

Tickets from 1 390

Novosibirsk

15.11.2020

28.11.2020

Tickets from 1 390

Warsaw

02.11.2020

15.11.2020

Tickets from 1 396

Dhaka

15.06.2020

23.07.2020

Tickets from 1 403

Brussels

04.11.2020

20.11.2020

Tickets from 1 409

Luqa

13.10.2020

23.11.2020

Tickets from 1 413

Saint Petersburg

10.04.2021

22.04.2021

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Bari

09.11.2020

18.11.2020

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Hanover

31.12.2020

26.01.2021

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Ontario

31.05.2020

07.06.2020

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Athens

10.01.2021

26.01.2021

Tickets from 1 437

Okayama

18.09.2020

22.09.2020

Tickets from 1 441

San Jose

25.05.2020

01.07.2020

Tickets from 1 445

Philadelphia

21.09.2020

27.09.2020

Tickets from 1 450

Stuttgart

25.07.2020

01.08.2020

Tickets from 1 453

Astana

07.01.2021

23.01.2021

Tickets from 1 458

Irkutsk

11.09.2020

02.10.2020

Tickets from 1 465

Geneva

01.08.2020

24.08.2020

Tickets from 1 466

Kazan

12.11.2020

22.11.2020

Tickets from 1 468

Dusseldorf

31.07.2020

09.08.2020

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São Paulo

03.03.2021

17.03.2021

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