10 Most Gay-Friendly Countries in the World

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Wherever you go and whatever you do, love will always win…

Especially for these countries!

So read on and learn about 10 of the most gay-friendly countries in the world and by the end of this article, you might find yourself waving the rainbow flag!

1. New Zealand

New Zealand has been one of the most gay-friendly places in the world for decades now.

They began passing anti-discrimination laws to the LGBTQ community in 1993. And they also introduced the right to change gender legally and have introduced same-sex marriage as well.

They openly even have gay ministers!

a New Zealand flag

2. Belgium

One of the first to pass transgender and anti-discrimination laws, Belgium’s LGBTQ history is enough to make it into any list of the gayest countries in the world!

In 1795, it was the 2nd country to decriminalize homosexuality after France.

AND, one of the best things about Belgium is its rainbow cops police Force who are specifically trained to handle LGBTQ issues.

Indeed, consider this place gay secured!

3. Malta

A Catholic Country, Malta is one of the places offering golden standards for the LGBTQ community.

This country legalized same-sex marriage in 2017 allowing full adoption rights. Also, they allow people to change their gender on official documents as young as 16 years old.

A Malta flag on top of a building

4. Germany

Germany is one of the countries with a wide and diverse gay scene, most especially Berlin.

An example of which is Schöneberg in Berlin which was the first gay village in the world that became the LGBTQ mecca of the 1920s.

So many cities followed their lead into offering spaces for gay communities that support local queer businesses.

A German flag on top of a building

5. Iceland

A place named after ice never felt so warm with love!

Iceland is a popular gay-wedding destination. It even elected the world’s first-ever gay national prime minister.

They even have LGBTQ events besides pride month like the Rainbow Reykjavik which is celebrated during the winter months.

An Iceland flag and a house near a body of water

6. Portugal

Portugal is the country that passed the Law of Gender Identity is one of the most advanced in trans-friendly laws.

It is also one of the few countries to ban discrimination on sexual orientation.

a girl with her face painted with the Portugal flag

7. Sweden

“Gay since 1944.”

Yes, you just read their slogan right.

Sweden is the country with the most pride events in the whole world! It takes 30 pride events each year.

Nothing else could be gayer than that!

8. The Netherlands

Want to see same-sex lovers holding hands without getting judged?

Then you should take your sweet lover strolls in Holland!

Indeed, the Netherlands is one of the most liberated places in the world. It was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001 and was one of the first countries to decriminalize homosexuality in 1811.

This country is also very easy in adapting transgender laws.

9. Spain

Spain has large gay scenes and a liberating mindset and attitude.

Gay capital of the world Madrid hosts the largest event pride in the world!

When talking about gay marriage, Spain was the third country to legalize same-sex marriage in 2005.

It is also a gay traveler’s destination considering it is an LGBTQ trailblazer!

10. Canada

Do you know that Canada is the first country to celebrate the LGBTQ community on its currency?

Yes, you heard it right!

In 2019, the new Canadian $1 was released which celebrated the beginning of the battle for LGBTQ rights.

In Canada, even money celebrates pride!

Now, how about planning a trip to these places to celebrate the rainbow pride?

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