BOOKMARK: 8 Most LGBTQ+-Friendly Countries Around the World

This is what progress looks like
by | June 22, 2022


Although some countries still criminalize LGBTQ+ acts, other nations are making strides ⁠— pushing the boundaries to build a more inclusive society for everyone. Read on and discover LGBTQ-friendly countries around the world embracing diversity. 

 

Canada


Canada is one of the first countries to legalize same-sex marriage, and it just passed a law last year that bans conversion therapy. During Pride Toronto, tourists and locals flock to Church-Wellesley Village, a lively neighborhood where LGBTQ+ folks celebrate their uniqueness and have a great time. 

 

Malta


This island country isn’t just known for its breathtaking landscapes and sunny weather but also as an LGBTQ+-friendly destination despite being a predominately Catholic country. This year, Malta has still ranked the number one country in Europe in safeguarding the rights of LGBTQ+ communities. The Maltese parliament also granted adoption rights to same-sex couples in 2014. 

 

Taiwan

 

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In 2019, Taiwan passed a historic law that allows same-sex couples to get married — a bold, progressive move for Asia, where LGBTQ+ individuals are still widely discriminated against. The country’s considered a “gay-friendly country,” with a recent report showing there are now more openly-LGBTQ+ employees in workplaces. 

 

New Zealand


New Zealand is another country that barred the practice of conversion therapy, with a three- to five-year prison sentence awaiting those who’ll violate the law. The Auckland Pride, held every February, is one of the country’s largest LGBTQ+ festivals, showcasing queer-owned markets, parties, and theater performances.

 

Sweden


The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) has named Sweden as one of the LGBTQ+-friendly European countries. According to ILGA’s 2022 Anual Review, the Swedish Government increased funding for LGBTQI organizations, and young trans people are now allowed to participate on sports teams that “reflect their gender identity.”

 

Australia


Australia is one diverse nation. The Australian Human Rights Commission estimates there are 2.5 million Australians who identify themselves as part of the LGBTQI community. Moreover, it’s easy to find hangout spots like the Sircuit Bar and Connections Night Club to meet more LGBTQ+ locals. And how can you not love the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras? It’s considered the most anticipated queer event in Australia, most recently held from February 18 to March 16.

 

Netherlands


Aside from legalizing same-sex marriage, the Netherlands has started the Pink in Blue network, a unit under Amsterdam police that takes up concerns related to assault, theft, sexual orientation, and safety of LGBTI individuals. Transgender people are also permitted to “change the gender marker in their official identity papers to their preferred gender,” according to the Human Rights Watch.

 

Norway


Norway was among the top 10 countries listed as
most suitable for LGBTQ+ travelers. It enforces an anti-discrimination law, and a 2017 survey revealed that “72% of Norwegians support same-sex marriage.” The right to adopt and get married in churches is also enjoyed by same-sex couples in the country.

 

Which among these countries would you like to visit first?


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