How LGBT-Friendly Are The NYT's 52 Places to Go? Part IX
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. Our penultimate post takes us from Japan to Austria.
Nozawa Onsen, Japan
In our fourth post, we shared the state of things if you want to visit Japan: Marriage equality is unestablished, though Japanese nationals are allowed to marry abroad. Gender-reassignment surgery has been legal since 2008.
Denmark has established marriage equality, including same-sex weddings in churches. Same-sex couples can also adopt, and LGBT persons are protected both from discrimination and hate crimes. Essentially, Denmark rules.
As with Yorkshire in our fifth part, marriage equality has been legal here since 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.
Nepal's legalization of homosexuality happened fairly recently; 2007. But the Supreme Court aimed to make up for lost time, ordering marriage equality to be established just one year later. Unfortunately, bureaucratic delays have led to what BuzzFeed called a gay rights "backslide" in Nepal.
Though same-sex couples cannot adopt in Vienna, the Austrian government does allow for something called step-parent adoption. Unfortunately, while 61 percent of Viennans do support marriage equality, only registered partnerships are recognized.