Earlier this year, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) released its annual report on the safety of LGBTQ people around the world. Surprisingly, Canada was ranked as the safest country for LGBTQ tourists.
A Spartacus ranking report looked at 49 countries in total. It measured how safe each country is for LGBTQ people in terms of legal protection from discrimination and hate crimes and social attitudes towards queer people.
Canada came out on top with a perfect score of 100%, followed by Sweden and The Netherlands with scores of 99% each. Countries at the bottom of the list include Qatar (5%), Nigeria (7%) and Russia (10%).
Despite these findings, it’s important to note that Canada is not immune to homophobic and transphobic violence.
Canada Ranked Safest Country for LGBTQ+ Tourists
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In a new report, Canada has been named the safest country for LGBTQ tourists. The report was compiled by LGBTQ rights group Out Now and ranked 49 different countries based on their legal protections for queer people.
Canada scored an impressive 9.5 out of 10, thanks to its broad range of legal protections for LGBTQ citizens. These include anti-discrimination laws, hate crime laws, and marriage equality. In addition, Canada is one of the few countries in the world with transgender rights legislation.
The runner-up was Sweden, which scored 9 out of 10. Other high-scoring countries included Norway (8.5), Denmark (8), and Iceland (7.5).
Russia scored just 1 out of 10 at the other end of the scale due to its highly restrictive laws targeting queer people.