Those of you who’ve watched ’Nanette’ by Hannah Gadsby on Netflix would know that people with a different sexual orientation or preferences often lead a life of inexplicable self-doubt and self-deprecation. The society conditions them to believe that they’re ‘abnormal’ in their choices which leads them to unhappy and unfulfilled lives. 

But of course, there have been countries that support the LGBTQI community. And very recently, India has become a new addition to that list. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalised homosexuality has been struck down, and for good. It’s a remarkable sign of a progressive nation and even though same-sex marriage is going to take some time to fully integrate into the system, we’re happy that at least a gay relationship isn’t illegal anymore.

To celebrate this change, we list our top favourite countries that love and honour this queer community.

1. Germany – Cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, and Frankfurt are especially popular destinations for gays and lesbians to travel to because of different avenues for them to hang out in.

2. Canada – The Canadian government fully and legally supports transgender people. Same-sex marriage too is legal since 2005. While cities like Alberta and Vancouver arrange ski events specially for this community.

3. Spain – The Spanish government legalized same-sex marriage in 2005 and made this south European country to be one of the leading LGBTQ+ friendly places in the world.

4. The Netherlands – They blazed the trail for gay rights worldwide, by becoming the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in 2001.

5. Iceland – Be it their stunning nature, friendly locals or delicious Nordic cuisine, Iceland always accommodates you in a very gay-friendly manner.

6. France – As early as the 19th century, cities like Paris became a sanctuary for LGBTQ communities looking to express themselves without fear. Popular bars, clubs and cafes cater to be gay-friendly, creating a happening scene for locals and tourists alike.

7. Malta – Perhaps best known for its bright blue waters and ancient architecture, Malta became the first country in Europe to ban “conversion therapy,” a process that aims to change a person’s sexual orientation.

8. Italy – You’ll never hear hate speech or any kind of gender discrimination in this beautiful country.