South Africa has been named one of the better countries for LGBTQ+ travel, according to the website MyDatingAdviser.com.
The country was ranked 11th in the world, landing it a spot in the top 20 most gay-friendly travel destinations. South Africa has been given an LGBTQ+ travel index score of 86.2 (out of a possible 100 points)
So what makes South Africa one of the most gay-friendly countries?
Public acceptance towards homosexuality: 54% of the South African public is accepting towards homosexuality, according to a ‘Global Attitudes & Trends’ survey by Pew Research.
Sexual activity for same-sex couples: Male legal since 1998. Female always legal.
Civil union rights: Limited recognition of unregistered partnerships since 1998.
Marriage rights: Legal since 2006.
Adoption rights: Legal since 2002.
Military service rights: Legal since 1998.
Anti-discrimination laws: The constitution bans all anti-gay discrimination.
Gender identity laws: Anti-discrimination laws are interpreted to include gender identity; legal gender may be changed after surgical or medical treatment.
To determine the most gay-friendly travel destinations, MyDatingAdviser compared 34 countries across 8 key indicators of LGBTQ+-friendliness.
The data set focuses on the following categories: society acceptance towards homosexuality, sexual activity rights, civil union rights, marriage rights, adoption rights, military service rights, anti-discrimination laws, and gender identity laws.
The 20 best to worst countries for LGBTQ+ Travel in 2021:
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
- United States
- Czech Republic
In 2018, the annual value of total spend on travel and tourism by LGBTQ people was estimated by international consulting specialists Out Now to exceed US$218 billion.