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Legality of homosexuality in countries affect choice of travel for majority of LGBT travellers: Survey

Legality of homosexuality in countries affect choice of travel for majority of LGBT travellers: Survey

Majority of LGBT travellers have indicated their preference not to travel to a destination where homosexuality is illegal, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted online by travel service OutOfOffice.com and Attitude Magazine, found out that 61% of LGBT individuals would not travel to a destination where homosexuality is illegal. Homosexuality currently remains illegal in over 70 countries worldwide, where LGBTs are also disadvantaged in terms of employment, marriage and adoptions rights.

‘It’s clear that there is still a lot of trepidation when it comes to choosing where to travel as an LGBT individual,’ said OutOfOffice.com founder Darren Burn.

The survey revealed that amongst the group of people surveyed, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami and Thailand were the most visited destinations while Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam were the most popular cities that respondents have expressed they would like to visit in the next 12 months.

On the other hand, the survey also revealed that even though majority of LGBT travellers would prefer not to travel to a destination where homosexuality is illegal, 60% of travellers did not want their freedom of travel to be restricted.

For these travellers, Burn feels that it is still safe to travel given proper advice.

‘The law is developing all the time and it’s important that LGBT travellers seek expert advice before travelling to certain destinations,’ said Burn.