LGBTI Around the World
In honor of LGBT Pride Month (it’s each June), the US State Department sent out a tweet on Tuesday stating that “75+ countries consider same-sex relations crime/sometimes w/ severe punishment.”
The State Department linked to its LGBTI travel information page, which goes into much more detail. Such as: “Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people and families travel safely each year without problems. However, laws and attitudes of some countries may affect LGBTI travelers. Tolerance and legal protections vary from country to country. Some countries may not legally recognize same-sex marriage. More than seventy-five countries consider consensual same-sex sexual relations a crime, sometimes carrying severe punishment.”
I think it’s very important for all of my gay friends, family and readers who travel to know that in some countries, LGBTI is not tolerable (and sometimes criminally prosecutable) and that for this reason, they must be diligent in choosing where and when they travel.
FYI: The rainbow above appears above El Morro Fort in Puerto Rico, one of the more LGTBI-friendly places in the Caribbean.
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