The new Spartacus Gay Travel Index 2015 lists the gay friendliest travel destinations world wide.
Berlin: The Spartacus International Gay Guide has just published its Gay Travel Index for 2015. The largest travel guide for the gay community which has been around for more than 40 years now has been reporting on the legal situation of gays and lesbians in 135 countries worldwide for many years now. The editorial staff is in regular contact with the German Foreign Office, the foreign embassies in Germany , as well as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) -activists from around the world.
Tops and flops remain constant
As in the previous years Iran , the United Arab Emirates , Somalia and Russia are at the bottom of the Spartacus Gay Travel Index 2015. The countries at top of the index remain unchanged: Sweden has the first place, together with the United Kingdom , followed by Belgium , the Netherlands and France , who all share the second place.
The winners of the year 2014 include Finland (+7 rankings) and Reunion (+27 rankings).
Reasons for these changes are the new laws or constitutions, the legalisation of gay marriage or new anti-discrimination directives passed in the last year.
Under observation: Mongolia – Partner Country at ITB 2015
In 2014 Mongolia introduced anti-discrimination legislation in an aim to protect the LGBTI population against exclusion and hostility. Although homosexuality has been legal since 1961, it is reported that 80% of the LGBTI population in Mongolia has experienced violent attacks due to their sexual orientation. Mongolia ranks in the index in the upper mid-range at position 55 (as of February 2015).
USA: Another year of decisions
The highlight of the year 2014 from the LGBT perspective came from the United States of America . Many of the states are still stuck in the middle of the political struggle to enforce same-sex marriage. Many courts have already past legislation for the equality and thereby allowing the same-sex marriage law in the states of California, Massachusetts, New York, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, and Texas. The Supreme Court is expected to pass a general decision this summer, so the situation remains exciting.
Germany lags behind
In Germany , on the other hand, there is still standstill, when it comes to the equality of gays and lesbians. After the great success of the political Party CDU in the last federal election and the positioning of Chancellor Angela Merkel to the opening up of the marriage and the common adoption laws is not expected that much will happen in the near future in this respect. Although the abolishment of existing discrimination of registered partnerships was promised in the coalition agreement, there has been no corresponding initiative taken so far.
The detailed Gay Travel index can be found at: www.spartacusworld.com/gaytravelindex.pdf
The Spartacus International Gay Guide
This worldwide guide has been published for over 40 years by the company Bruno Gmünder. Whether addresses of hotels in Palm Springs , bars in Hong Kong or clubs in Buenos Aires – no other travel guide provides such extensive and current information on the places where gay men feel welcome and can truly be themselves.