How to Navigate LGBTQ+ Laws and Attitudes While Traveling

Traveling is an amazing experience, but if you are a part of the LGBTQ+ community, it is important to know the laws and attitudes of the countries you are visiting. LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer, and is an umbrella term for people whose sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression differs from the gender binary. When traveling, it is important to research the laws and attitudes of the countries you are visiting to ensure your safety.


Before you embark on your travels, it is important to understand the laws of the countries you are visiting. Many countries have laws that criminalize homosexual activity, and it is important to be aware of them before you travel. Additionally, many countries have laws that make it illegal to discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals, such as laws that ban anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination in the workplace. It is important to also understand the attitudes of the countries you are visiting. Social taboos and cultural norms can be just as important to consider as the laws, as they can tell you what behaviors are accepted and which ones are not. It is also helpful to research local LGBTQ+ organizations, as they can provide resources and support to LGBTQ+ travelers.


When planning your travels, it is important to ensure that you are staying in LGBTQ+ friendly accommodation. There are many LGBTQ+ friendly hotels and AirBnB’s that you can choose from to ensure your safety and comfort. Additionally, when it comes to transportation, there are now many LGBTQ+ friendly taxis and rental cars that are available. When considering activities, there are many LGBTQ+ friendly tours and restaurants that are available. When choosing a travel buddy, it is important to consider whether you want to travel with a partner or a friend. Packing is also an important part of the planning process, and it is important to pack clothing and accessories that are appropriate for the destinations you are visiting.

On the Road

When traveling, it is important to stay safe. This means avoiding public displays of affection, and avoiding areas where discrimination is known to take place. It is also important to be mindful of your behavior when meeting locals. There are often LGBTQ+ friendly hangouts that can be found with a bit of research.

In the Event of Discrimination

It is important to be prepared in the event of discrimination. This means knowing your local embassy, as well as knowing your rights. When dealing with discrimination, it is important to remain calm, and to contact the police if necessary. It is also important to document the incident.


Navigating LGBTQ+ laws and attitudes while traveling can be a challenge, but it is important to understand the importance of researching, knowing your rights, and taking all necessary precautions.


– International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association:
– Human Rights Campaign:
– The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association:

– Gay Cities:
– LGBTQutie:
– LGBTQ Travel:

– The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association:,_Gay,_Bisexual,_Trans_and_Intersex_Association
– Human Rights Campaign:
– The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association:

Further Reading

– “The Essential Guide to LGBT Travel: The Best of the Gay and Lesbian Scene in over 100 Countries” by Thomas G. Hill
– “The World Out There: Becoming Part of the LGBTQ+ Community” by Kris Silver

– “LGBTQ+ Travel: How to Find LGBTQ+ Friendly Hotels and Accommodation” by Anna Chui for the Culture Trip:
– “LGBTQ+ Travel Tips: How to Travel as a Queer Person” by Liz Newman for Lonely Planet:

– “LGBTQ+ Travel: 10 Tips for Staying Safe” by Emily Chappell for the Nomadic Matt blog:
– “LGBTQ+ Travel Guide” by Rachel Jones for the Adventure in You blog:

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some great ways to make LGBTQ+ peers feel welcome and accepted?

Creating a safe and welcoming environment for every student in your school is essential. These ideas and resources can help you get started:
5 Things You Can Do to Support Your LGBTQ Students

  • Post Safe Space Signs. …
  • Start an LGBTQ Organization at Your School. …
  • Stand Up Against Homophobia. …
  • Integrate LGBTQ Topics into the Curriculum.

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How can we create an inclusive environment for the LGBTQ+ community?

Let’s foster an open and welcoming atmosphere.

We can post signs to indicate the area is a safe space, provide a comment box for feedback, prominently display a nondiscrimination policy, provide LGBTQ health brochures, magazines, and reading materials, and clearly identify gender-neutral, single-occupancy restrooms.

How can we provide culturally competent care to the LGBTQ community?

Show your support for the LGBTQ community by providing waiting room magazines about the community, honoring observance of LGBTQ Pride Day, World AIDS Day, and National Transgender Day of Remembrance, and providing staff training and continuing education on the care of the LGBTQ patient.

What Strategies Can Be Used to Create a Welcoming Environment for LGBTQ+ Clients?

Creating a Welcoming Environment for LGBTQ+ Clients

  • Establish trust and rapport with patients. …
  • Normalize and validate – ask the questions as you would to any patient.
  • Ask open-ended questions – “Tell me about yourself? …
  • Be aware of issues particular to, or different for, the LGBTQ+ population: