How LGBT-Friendly Are The New York Times' 52 Places to Go? Part III
By Kevin Okeeffe
The New York Times’ Travel section set out an ambitious travel plan for readers recently with their “52 Places to Go in 2014.” But how LGBT-friendly are these exotic locales? Which places will have your back, and what destinations are not worthy of your patronage? We'll be breaking down the places on the list over the next few weeks. See the third group of five below and the first two here and here:
Among Asian regions, Taiwan is fairly liberal: same-sex sexual relations are legal here, and Taiwan Pride is huge. However, marriage equality remains unestablished despite recent attempts to change the status quo, so your Taiwanese dream wedding will have to wait.
Sexual orientation and gender identity legal protections will keep you safe on your trip to Frankfurt, and though Germany is without marriage equality for now, the country does recognize same-sex partnerships thanks to 2001’s Life Partnership Act.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Though the Times boasts about Addis Ababa’s thriving arts scene in the list, unless spending some time in prison sounds like a promising performance art piece, we wouldn’t advise any Ethiopian adventures. Same-sex relations are illegal, and the majority of the country supports antigay legislation.
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil
Whether you’re planning on attending this year’s World Cup or you’re just looking for an authentic Brazilian wax, you can make a trip right down to these islands safely: Brazil has allowed same-sex sexual relations since the 19th-century and established marriage equality last May. LGBT adoption has also been legal in Brazil since 2010.
Come for the country music, but don’t stay for the LGBT rights. There are no legal protections for LGBT persons, even on the city level. Don’t even ask about marriage equality yet; August 31 in Tennessee is “Traditional Marriage Day.” There are no restrictions on who can adopt in Tennessee.
Stay tuned for more on the Gray Lady's list.