Over the years, society has become a safer place for folk within the LGBTQIA+ community. However, it is only natural to have safety concerns when planning a holiday abroad. For those who may not know, choosing a holiday destination as an LGBT+ person can be complicated, as homosexuality is still illegal in 70 countries, and some may not have established queer communities and visibility. So, if you are worried about jetting abroad, here are Top 10 gay-friendly travel destinations in 2021, where you don’t have to worry about your sexual or gender identity.
- London, UK
London is home to a diverse and quirky drag scene like no other. From East London to the South, every area has its different specialties. To see the likes of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK royalty Bimini Bon-Boulash, Tayce and A’Whora in action, check out hotels in Shepherds Bush and start to explore London’s queer culture.
- Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos has become renowned in the queer community over the years as an accepting and inclusive holiday destination for gay people. In fact, it is recognized as one of the original gay holiday destinations, and you will never be too far away from a rainbow flag!
- New York, USA
Home of the Stonewall riots, New York has been an accepting place for LGBT+ people for decades.
- Brighton, UK
Brighton Pride is the stuff of legend, rightfully earning Brighton the title of gay capital of the UK.
- Palm Springs, USA
Made famous by the TV show The L Word, Palm Springs has over the years become home to many LGBTQ+ people.
- Lesbos, Greece
As you may have already worked out, the island of Lesbos is where the word lesbian comes from, as demonstrated in many languages. This is mainly due to the poetic works of Sappho, who was born on the island of Lesbos around 630 BC and freely wrote about her love and desire for women.
- Canary Islands
With advertised and marketed gay-friendly and inclusive beaches which are also wheelchair-friendly, the Canary Islands have some fantastic resorts for your beachfront getaway in the sun.
- Benidorm, Spain
For LGBT+ travelers who want to party, Benidorm might just be the holiday destination for you.
- Sydney, Australia
As Australia is such an inclusive and progressive country, Sydney has a fantastic established queer community – especially for queer women.
- Copenhagen, Denmark
In 1989, Denmark made history by becoming the first country in the world to allow same-sex couples to tie the knot, in the form of ‘registered partnerships’. Denmark was also the first country to stop categorizing being transgender as a mental illness. If that wasn’t enough, Copenhagen is home to one of Europe’s oldest gay bars, founded in 1917.
There you have it, 10 of the top places in the world for you to consider for your LGBTQIA+ friendly holiday in 2021. Whether you want nights on the town, drag queens galore or an idyllic getaway with no prejudice, these are the top travel destinations for this year.