Your international guide to LGBTQ travel
Traveling the world is an exciting experience that most people are eager to take advantage of whether gay or straight.
However, there is a heightened priority for LGBTQ travelers to know whether they are safe in a particular destination or not. It’s not to say that our heterosexual counterparts don’t have to worry about their safety when traveling because that isn’t the case at all.
Unfortunately, there is an extra safety concern that we LGBTQ individuals have to know about that doesn’t exist for our heterosexual friends and family — that is whether a travel destination is accepting or at the very least tolerant of our sexual orientation.
This is an extremely important matter because some countries and areas throughout the world actually have harsh laws against homosexuality — some of which include the death penalty. Such consequences as strict as death just for being LGBTQ is reason enough to educate yourself before you make plans to travel.
Thankfully, The Seattle Lesbian has reported on the global travel insurance provider WorldNomands.com newly released color-coded map of (in)tolerance. WorldNormads.com color-coded map showcases which countries are intolerant of LGBTQ people to countries that are tolerant of LGBTQ people.
The useful color-coded map is arranged in the gay pride flag colors ROYGBIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet) with the exception of Indigo and Violet, which is exchanged for purple. Colors are described in The Seattle Lesbian article as:
RED: Homosexuality is illegal. The death penalty may apply.
ORANGE: In these countries, homosexuality is legal but by default. They have never enacted legislation specifically outlawing it. It’s perhaps more accurate to describe the legal situation as “not officially illegal”.
YELLOW: have legalized homosexuality, but there is no other protection for the LGBTQI community, and there is often open hostility from the majority of the population.
GREEN: have legalized homosexual acts, but have a very limited number of other protections against discrimination.
BLUE: have legalized homosexuality and have a wide range, but not all, protections in place.
PURPLE: Three cheers for these countries, they’ve legalized and codified same-sex marriage and offer (generally) a full suite of protection of rights.
Travel tips for international LGBTQ travelers
It’s important to note the quoted text The Seattle Lesbian wrote in regards to WorldNomads.com travel safety expert.
“Of course you may still encounter individuals with intolerant attitudes in those countries, but mostly the society is accepting and inclusive.” said travel safety expert at WorldNomads.com, Phil Sylvester. As much as we abhor these laws, all travel insurers are prohibited from covering illegal activity, and legality is defined by the laws of the country you’re in,” he said. “It pays to be aware of these places of intolerance so you can avoid falling foul of discriminatory laws by mistake. Better to be informed and safe.”
To see a complete view of the color-coded map visit WorldNomads.com.