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  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, surrounded by revelers, waves a Canadian Pride Flag at Pride Toronto

    Canada

    Canada is considered the most queer-friendly travel destination in the world. It legalized same-sex marriage in 2005, making it one of the earliest countries to do so. Canada is also well-known for staging numerous LGBTQ+ events, such as Toronto Pride in June (pictured), and Fierte Montreal Pride Festival in August of each year.

  • A couple wearing a rainbow flag over their shoulders embrace

    Malta

    This small island nation in the Mediterranean Sea is Europe’s most progressive country in terms of protecting the LGBTQ+ community. It banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in 2004. And was the first European state to outlaw so-called gay conversion therapy in 2016.

  • A crowd of people waving rainbow flags stand outside Porto city hall

    Portugal

    Lisbon and Porto (pictured) are among the most diverse and open-minded cities in Portugal. Same-sex marriage has been legal in the country since 2010. A few years later, same-sex couples were also granted full adoption rights. The country still, however, has some way to go when it comes to protecting the transgender community and outlawing conversion therapy.

  • Colorfully dressed revelers brandishing rainbow flags are seen from behind at a Stockholm parade

    Sweden

    Known as one of the most progressive countries in the world, Sweden has passed a raft of laws strengthening its LGBTQ+ community. Indeed, the Scandinavian nation decriminalized sexual relationships between consenting adults of the same sex over 75 years ago! Today, use of the inclusive, gender neutral pronoun “hen” as an alternative to the gender-specific hon (“she”) and han (“he”) is widespread.

  • A large crowd with placards is seen celebrating Montevideo pride parade

    Uruguay

    As one of the most tolerant countries in Latin America, Uruguay was among the first to legalize same-sex marriage. The small nation decriminalized consensual sex between same-sex couples as early as 1934, and in 2004 passed anti-discrimination legislation to further protect the LGBTQ+ community.

  • An exuberant man waves a rainbow flag and placard at a Sydney pride parade, scores of revelers are seen in the background

    Australia

    Most travelers tend to associate Australia with glorious beaches and multicultural cities. But many might not be aware that added to this, Australia is also very tolerant. It passed far-reaching anti-discrimination legislation in 1984, aiming to protect people from mistreatment based on their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status. Same-sex marriages were made legal in 2017.

  • Crowds celebrate Christopher Street Days in Cologne

    Germany

    While Germany is making progress in bolstering intersex rights, it still has some way to go in terms of creating a truly queer-friendly society. Cologne (pictured) and the capital Berlin, however, are known as particularly open-minded and diverse cities. Germany legalized same-sex marriages in 2017, and intersex people can now legally identify themselves as such.

  • Scores of people holding LGBTQ+ placards in the streets of Reykjavik

    Iceland

    This sparely populated nation near the Arctic Circle is famed not only for rugged landscapes and hot springs but also for being incredibly friendly to the LGBTQ+ community. It is, after all, one of the safest and most liberal holiday destinations you could pick. The capital Reykjavik (pictured) has been hosing an annual Pride Festival since 1999, and same-sex marriages were legalized in 2010.

  • A large crowd is seen on the streets of Taipei for the 2020 LGBTQ+ parade

    Taiwan

    Taiwan is touted as Asia’s most progressive country when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights. The island state has adopted staunch anti-discrimination legislation, entrenched transgender rights and was the first Asian state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2019!

  • An activist holds a heart-shaped sign reading Stop Homofobia in Bogota, Colombia

    Colombia

    Although the Catholic faith and macho attitudes remain deeply ingrained in Colombian culture, it is regarded as one of Latin America’s most progressive countries, after Uruguay, in terms of LGBTQ+ rights. Its top court ruled same-sex marriage legal in 2016. Most recently, Colombia was voted South America’s leading LGBT destination at the annual World Travel Awards.