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We just celebrated African Pride Month and as international borders continue to open up to South Africans and Covid-19 restrictions ease around the world, we decided to share KLM Royal Dutch Airlines’ list of incredible LGBTQ+ friendly destinations. Take a look at them below.
Often called the world’s most liberal city, Amsterdam, is one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly destinations in the world. Amsterdam’s legendary open-mindedness saw homosexuality decriminalised way back in the early 1800s and the Netherlands was the first country in the world to welcome same-sex marriages back in 2001. The city hosts a number of LGBTQ+ events throughout the year and is home to some of the world’s most popular gay bars – including Spijker Bar, a gay bar that is considered the oldest and friendliest in Amsterdam.
Paris is considered to be the world’s most romantic city and for good reason. However, romance isn’t limited to cisgender couples only in Paris, the city has a vibrant queer scene as well. On top of visiting some of the most romantic sites in the world, Paris is also known for its exquisite food, designer shops, picturesque settings and variety of LGBTQ+ friendly bars. Paris also hosts its own annual Pride event in June, which is a true celebration of their queer community.
The modern gay liberation movement started in New York City with the Stonewall riots in 1969 and today, New York is known as the gay capital of the world. Every June, the city unites to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with a variety of pride events but the truth is, the city has a vibrant queer scene throughout the year. Along with a vibrant gay nightlife and a liberal population who have seen and done it all, New York was always destined to become one of the world’s greatest gay cities.
Israel is another country that has proven to be progressive when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights. In fact, the country’s largest city, Tel Aviv, is one of the largest hotspots for gay tourism in the world. Tel Aviv is a city that not only boasts a rich history, but its beautiful beaches situated alongside the Mediterranean Sea, bustling nightlife and a proud LGBTQ+ community.
The German capital has always been a city that goes against the grain and is home to a thriving LGBTQ+ community. Schöneberg, in the southwest of the city, has long been the centre of queer life and culture. The city is a massive tourist destination for queer travellers thanks to its shocking history, fascinating museums, quirky vintage clothing stores, hip cocktail bars and that the city prides itself on having something for everyone. Berlin Pride takes place in the second half of July and has been held annually since 1979.
Denmark was the first country in the world to recognise same-sex partnerships in 1998, making a pilgrimage to the beautiful cobblestone capital, Copenhagen, a must for any LGBTQ+ traveller. The city is home to Europe’s oldest openly-gay bar (with origins dating back to 1950) and also the red light district of Vesterbro. It’s vast array of cocktail bars and trendy minimalist boutique hotels offer stylish experiences in the heart of one of the most tolerant communities in Europe - often referred to as ‘the most gay-friendly place on earth’.