How LGBT-Friendly Are The NYT's 52 Places to Go? Part VIII

1.24.2014

By Kevin Okeeffe

Dar es Salaam is translated "Harbor of Peace," but is it one for LGBT individuals?

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 in the home stretch of the list — hopefully you're finding places you want to visit soon.

Athens
You won't be having your big fat Greek wedding here any time soon. Greece has yet to establish marriage equality (or even civil unions; they've been under consideration since 2010), nor can same-sex couples adopt. But there are legal protections, and Gazi in Athens is an up-and-coming gay district. Come in the summer for Athens Pride.

Barahona, Dominican Republic
LGBT rights aren't highly developed in the Dominican Republic: Same-sex sexual activity is legal, while marriage equality remains unestablished.

Arctic Circle
Seeing as the Arctic Circle isn't a country, it doesn't have one set of LGBT rights. But Out Traveler has chronicled gay life in the Circle previously.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Despite the U.S. State Department's petition to improve LGBT quality of life in Tanzania, things remain dire, with same-sex sexual relations outlawed and homosexuality considered a taboo. Unfortunately, Dar es Salaam (translated: "Harbor of Peace") remains a dangerous place for LGBT persons.

Downtown Atlanta
Atlanta has quite an LGBT presence, but don't forget that it's still in Georgia: not even civil unions are recognized. Adoption law is indefinite.

See also:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven

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