According to rankings by the Spartacus Gay Travel Index, Canada is the most LGBTQ+-friendly travel destination in the world. Canada shares first place with Sweden and Portugal.
The Gay Travel Index surveys and analyzes the situation for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders across the world an annually releases their report on which countries are the safest for their community. This is the third year in the row that Canada has been named the best place in the world for LGBTQ+ travellers.
Portugal is the most surprising result, jumping from 27th to 1st place thanks to huge legal improvements to trans rights and anti-hate crime laws. India also made huge strides, jumping from 104th to 57th after they decriminalized homosexuality.
TL;DR Canada has been ranked the top country in the world for LGBTQ+ travellers. This is the third year in a row that Canada is the top travel destination for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people the world over. Yas, Canada!
For the third year running, Canada is at the top of the list. It should come as no surprise because Canada is renowned for progressive LGBTQ+ policies. Homosexuality has been legal in Canada since 1969, in fact.
Each of Canada's largest cities has huge LGBTQ+ populations, with the biggest concentrations in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. Every summer, each Canadian city celebrates gay pride with a week's worth of celebrations.
Along with Portugal and Sweden, the Spartacus Gay Travel Index has consistently ranked Canada as the best country when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights and acceptance. Our neighbours to the south, the United States, rank 10th along with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bermuda, Chile, and Croatia.
Sadly, the Spartacus Gay Travel Index remarks that situations in the U.S., Germany, and Brazil have dramatically worsened. With right-wing conservative governments maintaining power in these countries, there has been a troubling increase in homophobic and transphobic violence.
The most dangerous countries for LGBTQ+ travellers are once again, Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Russia, and Somalia where gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders are routinely sentenced to death.
Canadians, you should definitely be proud of this!
Personally, I can't wait until pride festivities kick off this summer!
To read the full index, click here.