Unlike the rest of the African continent, South Africa is worlds apart when it comes to being classed as an LGBTQ+ welcoming destination. In fact, LGBTQ+ people hold rights equal to non-LGBTQ+ people. South Africa was the first country in the world to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in its constitution, back in 1996. Ten years later, in November 2006, South Africa became the fifth country globally to legalize same-sex marriage; the first and to date, only, country in the entirety of Africa.
EXPLORE LISBON AND BOOK A STAY AT THE LATE BIRDS GUESTHOUSE
The idea behind the Late Birds was to create an urban resort for the gay community located in the heart of Lisbon’s historical center, Bairro Alto and Principe Real, where all guests and their friends, men or women, are treated as part of the community. The owners designed the guesthouse to feel welcoming and comfortable, as though you are at home among friends. The decoration combines classical freshness with the contemporary look of Portuguese design.
Ecuador has been for many years one of the world’s most amazing destinations for travelers from all over the globe, thanks to its beauty, history, culture and the Galapagos Islands. However, it remains unknown or on the back burner for most LGBTQ+ travelers, who feel safer with more traditional travel choices like LGBTQ+ cruises or events in cities in the United States and Europe.