Friendliest Countries For LGBT Travelers? Canada No. 1, U.S. No. 47

Supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community dance in New Delhi, India, during a protest in December to stop passage of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill. Members of the LGBT community expressed concerns that the bill will marginalize the people it is supposed to safeguard. In the Spartacus Gay Travel Index rankings of the friendliest countries for LGBT travelers, India ranks No. 57 of 197 countries. (Photo: Manish Swarup/Associated Press)

The friendliest countries for LGBT travelers are Canada, Portugal and Sweden, according to a newly released gay travel index.

The three countries finished in a tie for the top ranking, and 13 countries — nearly all in Europe — tied for No. 4, the Spartacus Gay Travel Index 2019 shows. Spartacus International Gay Guide, based in Berlin, Germany, provides tips for gay travelers on its website and mobile app.

The index ranked 197 countries based on 14 criteria, including antidiscrimination laws, marriage and civil partnership laws, adoption laws, transgender rights and persecution.

The United States did not rank in the top 45 countries. It ranked No. 47, a ranking shared with nine other countries: Bermuda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Macao, Seychelles and Thailand.

The U.S. has been steadily dropping in the rankings. It ranked No. 34 in 2017 and fell to No. 39 last year, when Spartacus International Gay Guide pointed to President Trump’s “attempts to curtail transgender rights in the military” as a major factor for the decline.

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