The world is changing. There are a lot of countries which have adapted their laws to recognize the rights of its homosexual citizens. There is an enormous multicolored wave that is sweeping the globe. What was once a shameful taboo is now getting openly accepted. With the legalization of the same-sex marriage in Brazil, England, France, and Wales the total number of nations where same-sex marriage is legal has risen to seventeen. Tony Pitman, a Melbourne-based activist has created a list of such countries along with their population estimates. As of January 2014, seven hundred million people live in a country where same-sex marriage is legal. The current worldwide population is approximately seven billion. That means that 10 percent of all people on the globe now live in a country where same-sex marriage is legal.
2013 was a crazy year for the legalization of the same-sex marriage movement. Laws are not the only aspect to look at when considering whether some country is gay-friendly or not. Don’t forget about general societal acceptance, events, and services that should be considered when attempting to rank the most gay-friendly nations. A recent Pew Research Centre survey questioned citizens in 39 countries. A simple question was asked: “Whether or not gays should be accepted in society?” We took away some of the traditionally gay-friendly countries from the survey. They don’t offer insight into general positions on homosexuality by regions. EU is by far the most accepting, while the African continent is far behind in its views.
At the moment when modern trends seem to be pointing toward acceptance, there are still certain countries that are enacting legislations to restrict homosexual behavior. Very often governments led by conservative religious practices continue enforcing criminal penalties for gay acts.
The list below is based on a variety of factors. The legal part and its citizens’ acceptance of homosexuals played a tremendous role. However, certain stress was also imposed on the role the country is going to play in the worldwide acceptance of LGBTQ. Ten percent of the globe’s population living in a country where gay marriage is legal is great but it is still just a starting point. Let me introduce you to the top ten homosexual friendly countries in the world.
10. Gays of South Africa
9. Gays of The Philippines
8. Iceland Loves LGBT Community
7. Gays are Welcome in Australia
6. Argentina and Brazil are Equally Gay-Friendly
Argentina is far ahead of its continental partners in terms of legalization and general acceptance. It recognized the same-sex marriage in 2010. According to the survey, 74 percent of the people accept homosexuals. In addition, Buenos Aires is an incredible destination for gays.
Brazil is slightly worse, with only 60 percent of its population accepting gays in the country. In 2013, Brazil passed the same-sex marriage law, the second Latin American country to do so… The most interesting thing to learn about this destination is that 14.3% of Rio de Janeiro’s population is gay.
5. Germany is Almost Entirely Gay
The German population is accepting of homosexuals. Very impressive, 87 percent of German citizens responded positively to the Pew survey. A vast number of LGBT festivals is celebrated in this country. Many of such events have achieved legendary status, every major town in the country has some sort of gay event. Thousands of people attend these celebrations. The only reason the country is in the 5th position is because of its failure to have a same-sex marriage law. As a visitor, however, you will have a blast in Germany.
4. Canada is a Gay Country
3. Belgium is Great for Gays
2. Netherlands is a Gay Paradise
Holland was the pioneer in the area of gay rights. It was the first nation to legalize the same-sex marriage. Most of the country’s population supports equal rights for homosexuals, and over 85 percent of the country support gay marriage and adoption. Amsterdam holds annual Gay Pride week, the world’s famous event celebrated by over 500,000 people every year.
1. Spain equals Gay
It was hard to select only one country out of the top two nations. Spain is the most accepting part of the world. The majority of people (88 percent) are very accepting of homosexuality. The country is full of men-only beaches, gay restaurants, and LGBT bars. The hotels are all gay-friendly. It is clear that Spain takes number 1 on our list!