One of the great joys of life is traveling the world and discovering new cultures. Unfortunately, for some marginalized groups, including Black LGBTQIA+ travelers, this can come with great risk.
Gay relationships are still criminalized in over 70 countries, which can make navigating the globe safely difficult for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Travel Noire consulted with OutOfOffice.com and the couple behind Wandering Soup for insight into safe travel for the Black, LGBTQIA+ community.
OutofOffice.com is the world’s largest LGBTQIA+ travel company alongside its sister business TravelGay.com which is the world’s most visited LGBTQIA+ travel resource.
Here are eight of the safest countries for Black LGBTQIA+ travelers.
French Polynesia is a group of six archipelagos in the South Pacific Ocean located in Oceania about halfway between South America and Australia.
OutofOffice.com refers to Puerto Vallarta in particular as a ‘gay mecca.’ It is home to one of Latin America’s gay-friendliest neighborhoods, Zona Romantica.
In the Greek islands, such as Mykonos and Santorini, you’ll see many gay couples of all ethnicities enjoying the liberal European welcome.
Malta has topped the Rainbow Index for the last five years as the most gay-friendly country in Europe. It is considered to have some of Europe’s most progressive gay rights.
In Europe, places like the United Kingdom, Malta, and Greece all rank well in terms of their LGBTQ+ friendliness.
Uruguay is one of the more liberal countries in South America. However, your biggest concern will be your skin color as Black Uruguayans make up 9% of the population.
This European country has steadily moved in a progressive direction. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2005. Williams adds that anti-discrimination laws have been in effect since 1999.
Costa Rica made history in May 2020 when it became the first Central American country to recognize gay marriage. However racism exists so choose a city or neighborhood wisely.