How LGBT-Friendly Are The NYT's 52 Places to Go? Part X
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 wrap our list with the final six locales.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Well, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights is trying to improve quality of life for LGBT persons, but the level of discrimination and exclusion still existing in this country makes Siem Reap fall firmly on the “not recommended” side of the coin.
Same-sex sexual relations? Check. Discrimination protections? Check. Marriage equality? Not quite there yet. But Croatia ranked 13th of 49 European countries on LGBT friendliness, so it's doing OK.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
There's no statewide acknowlegement of same-sex relationships in Florida, though same-sex couples can adopt (though that's a recent change). St. Petersburg, and all of Pinellas County, is one in a group of Floridian cities with sexual orientation discrimination protections. No such protections exists for transgender people, though.
Not only should you not go to Belize, you legally can't go to Belize. Foreign homosexuals are banned in the country's immigration laws.
These French islands have the same LGBT rights laws and protections as France, including change of legal gender, established marriage equality and adoption for LGBT persons either single or in a couple. A gorgeous potential vacation where you can feel completely protected.