According to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA), there are 72 countries where homosexuality is illegal. (That’s over a third of the world!) In eight of those, homosexuality is punishable by death. According to a survey by the Gay Ad Network, 97% of travelers chose LGBTQ discrimination as their greatest concern when asked about which social and political issues concerned LGBTQ Travelers the most. According to a 2014 study by Community Marketing Inc, only 11% of respondents said that they would be willing to visit a destination with laws that restrict LGBTQ rights. According to a report by The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), 32% of LGBTQ travelers feel they are treated differently due to their sexuality when on holiday. American International Group, Inc. (AIG), a leading global insurance organization, recognized the need for greater understanding and awareness regarding safety for LGBTQ travelers. They developed the following resources and support to assist LGBTQ travelers with information that will help them feel more comfortable as they plan their travel.
The most important step that LGBTQ travelers can take during the planning stages to ensure their safety and comfort on a trip is conducting thorough research on their destination. It is important to understand the cultural, legal and security issues that affect the LGBTQ community in the locations you are visiting. You should also consider your own profile and if that destination is right for you, as well as the sort of experience you want to have in your travels. You do not necessarily have to avoid a location, but you will have to be aware of how you conduct yourself based on the laws and cultural climate of the place you plan to visit.
The infographic contains good recommendations from the AIG Travel security team on how to reduce risks for LGBTQ individuals during travel. Read the full report here.