Destinations helping LGBTQ+ community to build a non-discriminatory future of tourism

 Wednesday, June 15, 2022


As pride month hits again, it is yet another opportunity to celebrate the essence of brevity and acceptance. Some countries have taken the initiative to resonate with the courage of those who chose themselves over mainstream societal pressure. As days pass, more queer-friendly destinations are winning the hearts of many.

Countries like Mexico, Spain and Germany have had a history of practising inclusivity for almost a century now. The LGBTQ+ community finds Latin American countries like Uruguay, Costa Rica and Argentina to be extremely queer-friendly destinations. Cultural acceptance makes travel more engaging and gender-sensitive.

Sense of security helps relax better: Latin America seems to understand

Although Netherland happens to be the first country to legalise same-sex marriage, Latin American countries have established a societal acceptance which results in an extremely vibrant cultural identity. There are thousands of queer-friendly destinations across countries like Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Ecuador as well as many small pockets over the country. Mexico has legalised same-sex marriage on 21 December 2009 which became effective on March 4, 2010. They even offer beer and brunch for fewer than 5 dollars.

Next in line was Argentina to legalise same-sex marriage in 2011. Today there are more than 200 gay bars in Argentina city alone. In San Juan Puerto Rico, pride walks have been a central attraction since the 1990s and LGBTQ+ communities share their love as well as pride in nightclubs like Toxic, SX the club, Oasis Tapas & Lounge and Tia Maria’s Liquor store. Booking a hotel as loving couples anywhere in Brazil and Uruguay would never raise eyebrows, rather Latin American countries are renovating and up skilling their tourist management to attract global tourists.

But, Europe holds the oldest records

When we say that we mean it. Before Nazi propaganda spread and gave birth to one of the cruellest tragedies of mankind, Germany has been one of the major lover’s destinations. Memorials of homosexuals persecuted during the Nazi era are a popular sight to visit. Even today, Germany attracts thousands of homosexual couples for regular visits and festivals like the Folsom Europe Festival and Porn Film festival. Besides Germany, there is Spain, which hosts more than 500 gay bars and restaurants in Barcelona alone. Same-sex union in Greece has been legal since 1951 although 2005 was the year to legalise it completely. Iceland and Netherlands have created safe relaxing spots for LGBTQ+ global citizens.

The LGBTQ+ community is travelling towards independence

The global travelling industry is moving towards more inclusive travel plans. As a result, gender-sensitive countries are becoming more culturally vibrant. Travelling is said to be a process that would enrich a person’s personal growth and help him broaden his idea of home. Even isolated countries like Canada, Nepal and New Zealand are developing their language and identities of inclusiveness. Europe’s pride walk attracts about 1.5 million homosexual citizens. During this Pride month of June, the global LGBTQ+ community gets a chance to celebrate their uniqueness and tell the world about the journey they have already made. The hosting countries get a chance to witness the brevity and move a step forward towards economic stability and a justified society.


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