The majority of the countries in Africa and Asia are among the least gay-friendly countries for tourists. Some of them are also culturally conservative countries.
However, Europe is a very gay-friendly continent with many gay-friendly countries to visit. In Europe, Spain and France have some of the most progressive laws related to LGBT rights. Sooner or later, we will see similar laws being passed in other parts of the world too.
In the first quarter of 2019, the LGBT+ community has come under attack in Yemen, Iran, Somalia and Saudi Arabia. These countries are among the least gay-friendly nations in the world.
Nigeria also made headlines in March when a series of extreme homophobic laws were passed.
Let’s have a look at some other major least gay-friendly destinations around the world.
A country on the brink of war; Yemen is not just a destination to avoid due to security risks but one of anti-gay sentiment too. This country, which is on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula and shares a border with Saudi Arabia, has a high level of sexual violence against men. In addition to not being openly gay in this country, it is also illegal for two males to touch. It’s believed that homosexuality is punishable by death and people who are gay or on their way out can be prosecuted for “indecency.” The prevalence of Islamic touch has made this country one that shouldn’t be considered for gay tourism.
The government in Iran routinely arrests people for homosexual acts, and there are no laws protecting LGBTQ+ people from discrimination and abuse. Individuals can be put to death for such acts that are seen as being “against God’s law”. according to some interpretations of Iran’s Islamic law, which also criminalizes apostasy, blasphemy and heresy.
Laws criminalizing homosexual acts were repealed in 1988. However, legislation that prohibits LGBT+ people from serving openly in the army is still in effect, meaning gay and lesbian Israelis can be discharged for their orientation. The Israeli government does not provide any protections for LGBTQ+ people from discrimination, abuse and violence. Laws criminalizing homosexual acts were repealed in 1988. However, legislation that prohibits LGBT+ people from serving openly in the army is still in effect, meaning gay and lesbian Israelis can be discharged for their orientation. The Israeli government does not provide any protections for LGBTQ+ people from discrimination, abuse and violence.
This island paradise with its beautiful beaches, rare wildlife, and diverse cultures made our list not only due to its anti-LGBT laws from the British colonial era, but also due to its laws that make cross-dressing illegal. Additionally, parents have reportedly received instructions from the Ministry of Education on how to recognize the “symptoms” of homosexuality in their children. It is undoubtedly one of the least gay-travel destinations in the world.
Inadequately known for its restrictions against gays during the colonial era, Kenya is a well recognized destination that does not support gays. Although charges are currently uncommon, Kenyan legislators have demanded the implementation of these rules in response to President Obama’s recent plea for African countries to support LGBT rights. You will never see any gay friendliness here.
These were some major least gay-friendly countries.