Spartacus Gay Travel Index (GTI)

Spartacus is publishing the Gay Travel Index since 2012. Every year, we take a close look at 197 countries and regions. There are still many places in the world where LGBT must fear for their happiness and safety. Due to the sometimes wide differences in the world, it can happen that holidaymakers endanger themselves simply by unwise behaviour. In order to support the safety of gay tourists worldwide, we publish the Gay Travel Index. It serves as a first guideline – you can find more detailed information about your travel destinations on our website and blog.


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Rating system


When creating the index, our focus is on political decisions affecting the queer community, legal changes or acts of violence and prohibitions. Positive developments in the respective countries count as plus points, negative ones as minus points.
Categories include among others: marriage equality and anti-discrimination laws, sodomy laws, pride parade bans and hate crimes.
Political developments such as marriage equality might at first only affect the LGBT community of the respective country. But every step towards equality is a step forward towards social acceptance and has therefore a direct impact on holidaymakers.

The categories have different levels. If a category has three levels, a maximum of three points can be awarded.
The only exception is the death penalty: A country gets one minus point if the death penalty for homosexual acts is anchored in the law but not executed. If the death penalty is still executed, the country gets five minus points. This ensures these countries rank at the bottom of the list.

download and archive

25/02/2019: Gay Travel Index 2019 | download
01/03/2018: Gay Travel Index 2018 | download
28/02/2017: Gay Travel Index 2017 | download
26/03/2016: Gay Travel Index 2016 | download
03/03/2015: Gay Travel Index 2015 | download
04/03/2014: Gay Travel Index 2014 | download
05/07/2013: Gay Travel Index 2013 | download
18/03/2012: Gay Travel Index 2012 | download