Are you on the search for LGBT-friendly countries where you and your partner can enjoy a wonderful honeymoon? Search no more! We’ve lined up the top 8 countries that are LGBT-friendly and where same-sex marriage is legal.
If you are planning to seal the deal with the love of your life or want to travel to celebrate another milestone in your relationship, here are the best countries to visit, where you can enjoy every moment of your vacation. And best of all, you’ll feel comfortable being yourself!
8 LGBT-Friendly Countries
According to the international gay travel guide Spartacus, Canada is number 1 on the list of the LGBT-friendly countries in the world. This because it is the only country that hosts its own national Pride event called “Canada Pride.”
It is also the only country that celebrates the rights of members of the LGBT community on its currency through its Canadian $1 coin.
Every main city in Canada also has a cultural scene for LGBT community members to enjoy events and gatherings throughout the year, particularly in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.
Canada is also the 4th country in the world to legalize gay marriage.
Number 2 on the list of the LGBT-friendly countries is Spain, with its large gay scenes and very welcoming attitudes towards members and allies of the Pride community.
Barcelona, Spain is popular as an LGBT hot spot, most particularly during the summer Circuit Festival. Madrid, Spain, on the other hand, is considered the gay capital of Europe, hosting one of the largest gay Pride events in the world every year.
In Ibiza, you can find the best gay clubs and beach parties. It’s also interesting to note that Spain is the 3rd country to support and legalize same-sex marriage.
3. The Netherlands
The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001.
This progressive country is one of the few places in the world where gay couples can comfortably hold hands and openly express their orientation in the streets.
Specifically, Amsterdam holds the most unique Pride events that consist of parade floats that are set up on boats and are sent through famous canals.
It also has a national “Homomonument”, that was built to commemorate the homosexuals who were persecuted and killed during World War 2.
In terms of LGBT rights, Sweden has the most progressive laws that include gay marriages, adoption by same-sex couples, and a comprehensive anti-discrimination law.
Sweden also takes pride in supporting homosexuality, as its slogan says, “Gay since 1944”, the year when Sweden made homosexuality legal.
Sweden also has the largest number of Pride festivals per capita. It holds 30 different Pride celebrations across the country and throughout the year. The largest take place in Stockholm and Gothenburg.
And another thing that can only be enjoyed in Sweden is the Eurovision Song Contest, a massive gay European annual festival.
Portugal started decriminalizing homosexuality in 1982. It legalized gay marriage in 2010 and today has one of the most progressive LGBT laws. This includes the Law of Gender Identity that is considered one of the most advanced trans-friendly laws in the world.
One of the popular tourist spots in Portugal that is LGBT-friendly is Porto. It has a very active gay scene, particularly in Galaria de Paris area.
Lisbon is also a great place to be, where you can find gay bars, clubs, and parties in Bairro Alto and Prince Real areas.
On the way south, you can also visit Algarve, with popular gay scenes in Albuferia, Portimao and Tavira.
Included in the list of LGBT-friendly countries is Iceland.
It is in Iceland where the first gay national leader was elected in 2009 – Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir. After a year, Sigurðardóttir married her parter, Jónína Leósdóttir, which made the country a popular gay wedding destination.
It was in 2010 when gay marriage was legalized in Iceland with a unanimous vote in the national parliament of the country.
Iceland also hosts many LGBT events that happen throughout the year.
The first ever gay village in the world can be found in Germany. It is Schöneberg in Berlin, which happened to be an LGBT mecca in the 1920s.
Though gay marriage was legalized in Germany only recently in 2017, it is recorded as the second country in the world next to Spain that agrees society should accept homosexuality.
The best gay scenes in Germany can be found in Berlin, such as in its super exclusive “Berghain” mega club.
Its Christopher Street Day Berlin Pride occurs every July and is considered one of the best gay Pride events in the world.
Of course, Belgium is one of the most LGBT-friendly countries in the world. It was the second country to support and legalize gay marriage. It is also the first country to pass transgender and anti-discrimination laws.
Belgium also boasts openly gay politicians, such as former Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo.
When it comes to gay parties and events, Belgium also has the best, some of which are the La Demence in Brussels. It happens every month, and the Unicorn Festival happens in July every year.
These are just some of the most LGBT-friendly countries in the world where members of the LGBT community can enjoy who they are with their partners. If you are planning a honeymoon with your partner, consider these countries, where you can plan the best trip of all!