How LGBT-Friendly Are The NYT's 52 Places to Go? Part VI
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. Here are locales #26-30:
Last year, India took a drastic step backward in LGBT acceptance when its Supreme Court reversed a 2009 Delhi High Court decision to decriminalize same-sex sexual relations. The laws of India are not in your favor — and Chennai is noted for being particularly conservative, with a strict evening curfew to boot.
Time to rethink your destination wedding in the Seychelles. This African island country has made gay sex punishable by 14 years in jail — though lesbian sex is legal. The Seychelles government doesn’t recognize same-sex relationships, but there are discrimination protections in place for citizens thanks to the Employment Act of 1995.
“While Thailand is viewed as a tourist haven for same-sex couples,” wrote the Bangkok Post in September of last year, “the reality for locals is that the law, and often public sentiment, is not so liberal." With same-sex sexual relations legalized but no legal discrimination protections and even basic partnership recognition still in the draft stage, that would seem to be true.
Colorado gets more press for being green-friendly than gay-friendly, but with discrimination protections in place, same-sex couple adoption permitted and civil unions (though not marriage equality) legal, LGBTs can feel safe on the slopes.
As an LGBT person, you’re more than welcome in Iceland, where marriage equality was established in 2010, gay and lesbian couples are permitted to adopt and transgender rights are the best in all of Europe. Plus, they had a lesbian prime minister!