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Portal of the Church of Pilgrims, in Washington, DC, USA, with a LGBT banner

Gay-friendly or LGBT-friendly are the places, policies, people, or institutions that are open and welcoming to gay people (to include all members of the LGBT community) to create an environment that is supportive of gay people and their relationships, respectful of all people, treat all people equally, and are non-judgmental. This is typically a late 20th-century North American term that is the byproduct of both a gradual implementation of gay rights and acceptance of policies supportive of LGBT people in the workplace and in schools, as well as the recognition of gays and lesbians as a distinct consumer group for businesses etc.

Businesses[edit]

A shop in Amsterdam selling LGBTQ+ merchandise and goods

Many businesses now identify as gay-friendly, allowing for a more diversified employee and customer base. The Human Rights Campaign works to achieve equality for gays, lesbians, and other marginalized minorities, and publishes a list of companies in relation to issues concerning LGBT people. Companies that are noted for gay-friendly work environments include Dell and Coca-Cola. Companies such as R Family Vacations, Manspray, Volkswagen, Ginch Gonch, Egotour, and numerous others offer niche products and services for gay customers.[1] Others, such as LOT Polish Airlines sends the message of gay-friendliness by offering travel to major gay destinations with a rainbow flag.[2] Studies have shown that LGBT communities tend to favor gay-friendly businesses, even if the cost of a particular product or service is higher.[3]

World[edit]

The Spartacus International Gay Guide publishes the Gay Travel Index, a ranking of gay-friendly countries. Points are added to countries for anti-discrimination legislation, equal marriage, partnership and adoption laws, and LGBT marketing. Meanwhile, points are subtracted for anti-LGBT laws, HIV travel restrictions, religious influence, and prosecution, murders, and death sentences to LGBT.

In 2020, the Spartacus Gay Travel Index features a majority of Western European countries in the top 11 (Germany, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, and Spain), plus Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Brazil.[4] The bottom 5 countries are Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Jordan and Jamaica.[5]

Spartacus also publishes a Gay Travel Index USA, listing the 50 states plus the District of Columbia with the same criteria as the countries ranking. In 2013, the top five states were from the Northeast, whereas the top ten also included California, Illinois, and Oregon. The bottom ten states were mainly from the Southeast and Mountain states (Utah, Idaho, and Montana).

List of Countries by their Gay Travel Index (2020)[6]
Rank Country Total Anti-Discrimination Legislation Marriage/Civil Partnership Adoption Allowed Transgender Rights Intersex/3rd Option Equal Age of Consent "Conversion Therapy" LGBT Marketing Religious Influence HIV Travel Restrictions Anti-Gay Laws Homosexuality Illegal Pride Banned Locals Hostile Prosecution Murders Death Sentences
1  Canada[note 1] 12 3 2 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 European Union Malta 12 2 2 2 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 European Union Sweden 12 3 2 2 3 0 0 -1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
4 European Union Austria 11 2 2 2 2 1 0 -1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
5  Argentina 9 1 2 2 2 1 0 1 2 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
5 European Union Netherlands 9 2 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 European Union Spain 9 2 2 2 2 -1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5  United Kingdom[note 2] 9 3 2 2 2 -1 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5  Uruguay 9 2 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 European Union Denmark 8 2 2 2 2 1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 European Union Germany[note 3] 8 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
10  Iceland 8 2 2 2 2 1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10  New Zealand 8 2 2 2 2 1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 European Union Portugal 8 3 2 2 2 -1 0 -1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 European Union Belgium 7 3 2 2 2 -1 0 -1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15  Colombia 7 2 2 2 1 1 0 -1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
15   Switzerland 7 3 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18  Australia 6 1 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 European Union Finland 6 3 2 2 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 European Union Luxembourg 6 2 2 2 2 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18  Norway 6 2 2 2 2 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18  Réunion 6 2 2 2 2 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 European Union France 5 2 2 2 2 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
23  Gibraltar 5 2 2 2 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23  Greenland 5 2 2 2 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 European Union Ireland[note 4] 5 2 2 2 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23  Israel[note 5] 5 2 1 2 2 -1 0 -1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23  Puerto Rico 5 2 2 2 2 -1 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -2 0
23  South Africa 5 3 2 2 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -1 0
23  Taiwan 5 2 2 0 1 -1 0 1 1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31  French Polynesia 4 2 2 2 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31  New Caledonia 4 2 2 2 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
31  United States 4 1 2 2 -1 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
34  Andorra 3 3 1 2 -1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34  Guadeloupe 3 2 2 2 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
34  Martinique 3 2 2 2 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
34 European Union Slovenia 3 3 2 1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 European Union Czech Republic 2 2 1 1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 European Union Estonia 2 2 1 1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38  Guam 2 1 2 0 2 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
41  Chile 1 1 1 0 2 1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0
41  Ecuador 1 3 2 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
41 European Union Italy 1 1 1 0 1 -1 0 -1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41  Liechtenstein 1 2 1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41    Nepal 1 3 -1 0 1 1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
41 European Union Slovakia 1 2 1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
41  Thailand 1 2 1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 2 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
48  India[note 6] 0 1 -1 0 1 1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 1 -1 0 0 0
49  Bermuda -1 1 1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
49  Bolivia -1 2 -1 0 2 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
49  Brazil -1 1 2 2 -2 -1 0 1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -2 0
49 European Union Croatia -1 2 1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0
49 European Union Hungary -1 2 1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 1 0 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0
49  Mexico -1 1 1 2 0 -1 0 -1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -2 0
49  Mozambique -1 1 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
56  Bosnia and Herzegovina[note 7] -2 2 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -1 0 0 0
56  Botswana[note 8] -2 2 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
56  Costa Rica -2 2 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
56  Cuba -2 1 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
56 European Union Cyprus -2 1 1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
56 European Union Greece -2 1 1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
56  South Korea -2 1 -1 0 0 -1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
56  Macau -2 1 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
56  Seychelles[note 9] -2 2 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
56  US Virgin Islands[note 10] -2 1 2 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -1 0
66  Angola -3 2 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
66  Cambodia -3 0 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
66  China (incl.  Hong Kong) -3 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
66  El Salvador -3 2 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -1 0
66  Fiji -3 3 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
66  Japan -3 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 1 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
66  Lesotho -3 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
66 European Union Lithuania -3 2 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0
66  Mongolia -3 1 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
66  Panama -3 1 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0
66  San Marino -3 3 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
66  Serbia -3 2 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0
78  Albania -4 2 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
78  Aruba -4 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
78  Benin -4 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
78 European Union Bulgaria -4 2 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0
78  Curaçao -4 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
78  Kosovo -4 3 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -2 0 0 0 1 -2 0 0 0
78  Laos -4 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
78 European Union Latvia -4 1 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0
78  Mali -4 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
78  Monaco -4 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
78  Montenegro -4 2 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0
78 European Union Romania -4 2 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0
78  Sint Maarten[note 11] -4 2 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0
78  Vietnam -4 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
92  Armenia[note 12] -5 1 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0
92  British Virgin Islands -5 3 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -2 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0
92  Cabo Verde -5 1 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0
92  Guinea-Bissau -5 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
92  Kazakhstan -5 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
92  North Macedonia -5 0 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0
92  Moldova -5 1 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 0 0
92  Nicaragua -5 1 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
92  Niger -5 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
92  Philippines[note 13] -5 1 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0
92  Singapore -5 0 -1 0 1 -1 -1 -1 0 0 0 -1 -1 0 0 0 0 0
103  Belize -6 1 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0
103  Gabon -6 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
103  Georgia -6 2 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -1 0
103  Honduras[note 14] -6 2 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0
103  Kyrgyzstan -6 0 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
103  Peru[note 15] -6 1 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -2 0
103 European Union Poland -6 1 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -2 0 0 -1 0 0 0
103  Ukraine -6 1 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -2 0 0 0
111  Burkina Faso -7 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
111  Myanmar -7 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0
111  Sri Lanka[note 16] -7 1 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0
111  Turkey[note 17] -7 0 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0
111  Vanuatu -7 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
111  Venezuela -7 1 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -2 0 -1 0
117  Bhutan -8 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
117  Democratic Republic of the Congo -8 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -2 0 -1 0 0 -2 0 0 0
117  Indonesia -8 0 -1 0 0 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -2 -1 0 0
117  Kenya -8 0 -1 0 0 1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0
117  Lebanon[note 18] -8 0 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 0
117  Mauritius[note 19] -8 1 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 -1 0 0
117  Namibia -8 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 0 0 0 0
117  Pakistan -8 1 -1 0 1 1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1
117  Republic of the Congo -8 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -2 0 -1 0 0 -2 0 0 0
117  Rwanda -8 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
117  Samoa -8 0 -1 0 1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0
117  Suriname -8 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 -1 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
117  Syria -8 0 -1 0 1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0
117  Tajikistan -8 0 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -2 0 -1 0 0 -2 -1 0 0
131  Algeria -9 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 0 0 0 0
131  Antigua and Barbuda -9 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 0 0 -1 -1 0 -1 -1 0 0
131  Azerbaijan -9 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -2 0 0
131  Bahamas -9 0 -1 0 1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -2 0 -2 0
131  Bahrain[note 20] -9 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 -1 0 0
131  Bangladesh -9 0 -1 0 1 1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 0
131  Barbados -9 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0
131  Djibouti[note 21] -9 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -2 0 0 0 0 -2 -1 0 0
131  Equatorial Guinea -9 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
131  Guatemala -9 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -2 0 -2 0
131  Jordan -9 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
131  North Korea -9 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0
131  Madagascar -9 0 -1 0 0 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -2 0 -2 0
131  Trinidad and Tobago -9 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 -1 0 0 0 -1 0 -1 0
131  Tunisia -9 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0
131   Vatican City[note 22] -9 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 0 0 0 -1 0 0
147  Belarus -10 0 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 -2 -2 0 0
147  Burundi -10 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 -1 0 0
147  Dominican Republic -10 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 0 0 -1 0 -2 0
147  Grenada -10 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 -1 0 0
147  Guyana -10 0 -1 0 0 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 1 -1 -1 -1 0
147  Ivory Coast -10 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 0 0 -2 0 0 0
147  Oman -10 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 -1 0 0
147  Paraguay -10 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0 -2 0
147  Sierra Leone -10 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -2 0 0 0
156  Central African Republic -11 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 0 0 0
156  Ghana[note 23] -11 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 0 0 0
156  Liberia -11 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 0 0 0
156  Togo -11 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0
156  Tonga -11 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0
161  Brunei -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1
161  Chad -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0
161  Comoros -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0
161  Cook Islands -12 -1 -1 0 0 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 0 0
161  Dominica -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0
161  Ethiopia -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0
161  Gambia -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0
161  Haiti -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -2 0 -1 0 -1 -2 0 -2 0
161  Iraq[note 24] -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0 0 -2 -1 -1 0
161  Jamaica -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 1 -2 -1 -2 0
161  Maldives -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0
161  Mauritania -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 0 0 -1
161  Morocco -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 0
161  Papua New Guinea -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 0 0
161  Russia -12 0 -1 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 0 -1 -2 -1 -2 0
161  Senegal -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0
161  Solomon Islands -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 0 0
161  Eswatini -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 1 -2 0 -2 0
161  Uzbekistan -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0
161  Zambia -12 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0
181  Egypt -13 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -2 0 0
181  Eritrea -13 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 0
181 Aceh (Indonesia) -13 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 -1
181  Kuwait -13 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -2 0 0
181  Sudan -13 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 0 -1
181  Tanzania -13 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -2 0 0
181  Turkmenistan -13 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 0
181  Uganda -13 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 -1 -2 -1 0 0
181  Zimbabwe -13 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -2 0
190  Cameroon -14 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -2 0
190  Malawi -14 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -2 0
190  Malaysia -14 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -2 0 -2 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 0
190  Nigeria[note 25] -14 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 -3
190  Qatar -14 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 0 -1
195  Afghanistan -15 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -2 -1
195  Libya -15 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -2 -1
195  United Arab Emirates -15 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 -1
198  Yemen -16 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -2 -1
199  Iran -18 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -1 -1 -2 -5
199  Saudi Arabia -18 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -1 -5
201  Somalia[note 26] -19 0 -1 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 0 -2 -1 -2 -5
202 Chechnya (Russia) -20 0 -1 0 0 -1 -1 -1 0 -2 0 -1 -1 -1 -2 -2 -2 -5

United States[edit]

List of U.S. states by their Gay Travel Index (2020)[7]
Rank State Total Anti-Discrimination Legislation Transgender Rights Intersex/3rd Option Hate Crime Law "Conversion Therapy" LGBT Marketing Queer Infrastructure Gay and Trans Panic Defence Locals Hostile
1  California 11 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 0 0
2  Nevada 10 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 0 0
2  New York 10 2 2 1 2 1 2 1 0 -1
4  Colorado 9 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 -1 0
4  Connecticut 9 2 2 1 2 1 0 1 0 0
4  Illinois 9 2 2 -1 2 1 2 1 0 0
4  Massachusetts 9 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 -1 0
4  Oregon 9 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 -1 0
4  District of Columbia 9 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 -1 0
10  New Jersey 8 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
10  Washington 8 2 2 1 2 1 1 1 -1 -1
12  Hawaii 7 2 2 -1 2 1 0 1 0 0
12  New Mexico 7 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 -1 0
12  Utah 7 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 -1 0
12  Vermont 7 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 -1 0
16  Maryland 6 2 2 1 2 1 0 0 -1 -1
16  New Hampshire 6 2 1 1 2 1 0 0 -1 0
16  Rhode Island 6 2 2 -1 2 1 0 0 0 0
19  Delaware 5 2 2 -1 2 1 0 0 -1 0
19  Maine 5 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
21  Minnesota 4 2 1 1 2 -1 0 0 -1 0
22  Florida[note 27] 2 0 2 -1 1 -1 2 1 -1 -1
23  Indiana 1 0 1 1 1 -1 0 0 -1 0
23  Iowa 1 2 1 -1 1 -1 0 0 -1 0
23  Pennsylvania 1 2 2 -1 0 -1 0 1 -1 -1
26  Arizona 0 0 0 -1 1 -1 1 1 -1 0
26  Georgia 0 2 0 -1 0 -1 1 1 -1 -1
26  Louisiana 0 0 0 -1 1 -1 1 1 -1 0
26  Virginia 0 0 1 -1 0 -1 1 1 -1 0
30  Alaska -1 0 2 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0
30  Arkansas -1 0 0 1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0
30  Idaho -1 0 2 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0
30  Kansas -1 0 1 -1 1 -1 0 0 -1 0
30  Michigan -1 2 0 -1 1 -1 0 0 -1 -1
30  Montana -1 0 2 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0
30  Wisconsin -1 1 0 -1 1 -1 0 -1 0
37  Kentucky -2 0 0 -1 1 -1 0 0 -1 0
37  Mississippi -2 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0
37  Missouri -2 0 0 -1 2 -1 0 0 -1 -1
37  Nebraska -2 0 0 -1 1 -1 0 0 -1 0
37  South Dakota -2 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0
37  Tennessee -2 0 -1 -1 2 -1 0 1 -1 -1
37  Texas -2 0 1 -1 1 -1 0 1 -1 -2
37  West Virginia -2 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0
45  Alabama -3 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0
45  North Carolina -3 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 -1
45  North Dakota -3 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0
45  Oklahoma -3 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0
45  South Carolina -3 0 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 -1
45  Wyoming -3 0 0 -1 0 -1 0 0 -1 0
51  Ohio -4 0 -1 -1 0 -1 0 1 -1 -1

Notes

  1. ^ In Canada the adoption laws vary per province. Same-sex-adoption is however possible countrywide.
  2. ^ In Northern Ireland the legal situation for same-sex adoption is unclear.
  3. ^ In Germany, due to federal government system, there are varying regulations regarding arrival/residence HIV. For example, in Bavaria someone who is HIV-positive can be denied entry. The Federal Constitutional Court has stipulated in several renditions of judgment that the politicians implement the same rights for gay men and lesbians which apply to heterosexuals.
  4. ^ The Employment Equality Act allows religious-run workplaces exemption from its anti-discrimination provisions in order to protect their ethos.
  5. ^ In Israel a civil marriage for both homosexual and heterosexual couples is not possible as marriage can only be performed by a Rabbi. This problem does not only apply to gays and lesbians but also heterosexuals belonging to different religious affiliations. There are limited anti-discrimination laws (exception: certain religious groups).
  6. ^ In December 2013, the Supreme Court set aside a 2009 verdict by the Delhi High Court that had decriminalized homosexuality. This decision was once again overturned in September 2018.
  7. ^ Bosnia and Herzegovina passed an unclear anti-discrimination law in 2009 in which a ban on discrimination against “sexual expression” is mentioned. There is a reference that “sexual identity” is not meant in this case. It is obvious that an attempt to adhere to the minimum requirements from the EU has been made, in order to be accepted into the EU.
  8. ^ In Botswana homosexuality is practically illegally on the basis of the ban on “unnatural act”, but in the labor law there is still an explicit prohibition of discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation.
  9. ^ In May 2016 the Parliament of Seychelles decided to make homosexuality legal.
  10. ^ The United States Virgin Islands have the same legal status as Puerto Rico regarding the USA. Here there is also a ban on hate crimes. After the Supreme Court decision pro same sex marriage in the US, there are plans to implement SSM in Puerto Rico too.
  11. ^ As an overseas territory of the Netherlands Sint Maarten recognizes same-sex marriages which are performed in the Netherlands. In St. Maarten itself gay marriage is still not possible, but changes can soon follow. There are no adoption laws.
  12. ^ Armenia has received many reports of illegal violence from police against homosexuals.
  13. ^ There are regional differences in the laws relating to homosexuals. In addition, the local religion is just as crucial, whether a law is implemented or not.
  14. ^ In Honduras an anti-discrimination law has recently been passed, but in practice it is ignored.
  15. ^ Consensual homosexual acts in Peru between adults are legal. An exception applies for members of the military and police, who can be prosecuted with a prison sentence ranging from 60 days to 20 years or suspension from duty.
  16. ^ At the request of the UNHCR Sri Lanka has announced that discrimination of homosexuals is constitutionally forbidden. It was further stressed that the anti-sodomy law is not aimed against homosexuals, but applies for all to protect public morals.
  17. ^ Police stopped violently the Gay Pride on June 29 th, 2015. This can be considered a de facto ban on the Pride.
  18. ^ There are reports of a different judicial interpretations of the law on “sex against nature”.
  19. ^ In Mauritius, the sodomy law tends to find application with the heterosexual population. The Equal Opportunities Act protects homosexuals against discrimination at work. It is therefore questionable whether homosexuality is classified as illegal or not.
  20. ^ In Bahrain although the paragraph referring to sodomy was abolished in 1976 from the local legal code, gay men can still be punished with imprisonment according to the laws regarding “unmoral” behavior.
  21. ^ The Shariah-law in Djibouti is often superior to the constitutional laws, so it could be expected that homosexuality is punishable.
  22. ^ The Vatican City adheres to Italian law, but restrictions are possible if the ecclesiastical law contradicts Italian law. Therefore, there are conflicting opinions that homosexuality is not illegal or just not happily seen, but tolerated.
  23. ^ In Ghana there is a ban on unnatural sex. The government recognizes in this a clear ban on homosexuality.
  24. ^ Homosexuality in Iraq is formally legal, but police and military track down homosexuals, and reports of murder and rape exist.
  25. ^ In Nigeria the death penalty only applies for homosexuals according to the Shariah laws and therefore relates only to Muslims in the north of Nigeria.
  26. ^ Shariah laws applies in Somalia since 2012. There is however contradictory information, since, on the other hand the maximum penalty is up to 3 years in prison, nevertheless in 2013 a homosexual was stoned to death after a judgment.
  27. ^ In 2015 Florida explicitly lifted the adoption ban for homosexuals after federal judges ruled it unconstitutional in 2010.

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