A new survey has found that 61% of LGBT people wouldn’t travel to a country where homosexuality is illegal.
The survey was done online and was run by OutOfOffice.com, a travel agency catering specifically for LGBT travellers. Homosexuality is illegal in over 70 countries worldwide, and many countries still do not have equal employment, marriage, or adoption rights.
LGBT people are understandably cautious, it proved. However, 60% of LGBT people surveyed didn’t want to be restricted to LGBT-friendly destinations only, rather wanting the freedom to travel to any destination.
Darren Burn, founder of OutOfOffice.com and a former ITV News journalist, said: “It’s clear that there is still a lot of trepidation when it comes to choosing where to travel as an LGBT individual.
“Whilst there are parts of the world where it’s dangerous to be LGBT, there are also parts of the world that outlaw homosexuality but that with the proper advice it is still safe to travel to such as India and the Maldives.”
He continued: “The law is developing all the time and it’s important that LGBT travellers seek expert advice before travelling to certain destinations.
“I set up OutOfOffice.com in order to help provide up-to-date information and to build complex itineraries for the LGBT community. We’re always happy to offer advice free of charge too for anyone who has concerns.”
The survey also investigated the most popular travel destinations. Paris was the most popular city people expected to visit in the next 12 months, with Barcelona and Amsterdam next on the list.
Internationally, New York was the most visited destination with Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami and Thailand next.