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

1.27.2014

By Kevin Okeeffe

Our look at the Gray Lady's list concludes with an iconic wedding spot: Niagara Falls.

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.

Varazdin, Croatia
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.

Belize
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.

New Caledonia
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.

Niagara Falls, N.Y.
If you've ever dreamed of getting married in Niagara Falls, as of 2011, you can. LGBT persons can also adopt in New York.

See also:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven

Part Eight
Part Nine

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