South Africa listed as one of the most gay-friendly destinations

South Africa

South Africa is one of the most gay-friendly destinations in the world, Stanley said, and in some ways it is the most advanced country in its attitude toward gays. The modern republic of South Africa, which is only a little more than 20 years in existence, was founded on Nelson Mandela’s vision of the Rainbow Nation, a place where all people respect each other regardless of differences in race, religion, etc., and where diversity is not only tolerated, it is celebrated.

“South Africa was the first country to have constitutional gay rights, the first country in Africa to have gay marriage,” said Stanley. “For the most part it is a more enlightened country in terms of gay rights, South Africa is extremely gay friendly.”


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Though South Africa may lead the world in terms of gay rights, most other countries in Africa are not as gay friendly. “In the French-speaking countries typically it’s legal,” said Stanley. “In the English-speaking countries, under Victorian law, it tends to be illegal to be gay.”


Other countries that are gay-friendly are:

  • Israel
  • Lebanon
  • Spain & Portugal
  • Sweden & Island
  • Ungary, Slovenia & Croatia
  • Thailand and Taiwan
  • China, Japan & Korea
  • Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos
  • Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay & Columbia
  • Mexico & Costa Rica
  • Cuba, Domican Republic, Puerto Rico & St Martin

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