How LGBT-Friendly Are The New York Times' 52 Places to Go? Part V
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. We're approaching the halfway point with our fifth group.
Like the rest of California, gay sex has been legal in Tahoe since the passage of the Consenting Adult Sex Bill in 1976. Marriage has been equal since Prop. 8 was overturned last summer. California also has myriad workplace and housing protections for LGBT people.
Queen Elizabeth II gave marriage equality her royal seal last year, same-sex couples were permitted to adopt in 2005, discrimination protections were put in place in 2010 and same-sex sexual relations have been legal since 1967. England’s on the right side of history.
LGBT rights are Dubai-ous in this United Arab Emirates region, to say the least. Same-sex sexual relations are punishable by up to 10 years in prison. You have no protections here.
In 2008, Vatican City stopped automatically accepting Italian laws, so they march to their own drum. And that drum has no marriage equality or legal discrimination protections. Ironically, gay and lesbian sex is legal in Vatican City.
Uruguay joined several other countries in 2013 in establishing marriage equality. Years before that, change of legal gender was permitted and sexual orientation protections were put into place. If you want to head down to South America, Uruguay is one of your best bets.