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29th November 2019

Nigeria named the most dangerous place for LGBT tourists, while Norway is the safest

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Researchers at travel website Asher & Lyric compiled their list of the best and worst countries for tourists by examining LGBT+ rights in each country.

They examined issues such as the legality of same-sex relations in each country, whether same-sex couples can adopt there, and what protections are in place for LGBT+ workers.

Nigeria was given an ‘F’ grade and a score of 142. Homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria and is punished by up to 14 years in prison or the death penalty under Sharia law. Discussion about LGBT+ rights is also criminalised in Nigeria.

Qatar, Yemen, Saudi Arabi, Tanzania, Iran, Sudan, Barbados, Malaysia and Malawi rounded out the top 10 most dangerous countries for LGBT+ tourists to visit. Meanwhile, Norway came out on top of the index as the safest country for LGBT+ travellers with a score of 307 and an ‘A’ grade. It was closely followed by Portugal and Belgium, with the UK in fourth place with a ‘B+’. Somewhat surprisingly, the United States comes in at just 24 on the list of safest countries for LGBT+ tourists. Researchers put this down to the variation in LGBT+ protections between different states as well as the lack of constitutional protection for LGBT+ people.

Queer people should look at culture in countries before visiting. They also warn LGBT+ tourists to be particularly careful in countries where homosexuality is illegal where even kissing or holding hands in public can lead to fines imprisonment.

Research notes that 45 to the 67 countries where homosexuality is illegal were former British colonies. Most of those countries’ anti-gay laws were introduced while they were a part of the British Empire.