On Earth, about 70 countries are behind the curve and still have homosexual love illegal, and you could even be given the death penalty for it in 12 of them. (at time of writing).
The map by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association shows that only 65% of those living on Earth can now be, legally, in consensual same-sex relationships.
In Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, death penalty is regularly imposed to homosexuals. While other places apply prison sentences going from a few years to life. Though the criminalization is centered mainly in Africa and the Middle East, as the map above shows, it also persists in the Caribbeans and elsewhere. Where is the Sacred Band of Thebes when you need them?
It is therefore highly not recommended for queer people to travel and spend their money there. Those dangerous countries for the LGBT+ people are:
Antigua & Barbuda
Palestinian Territory (Gaza Strip)
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
In about three-quarters of those countries, report author Aengus Carroll says, the laws are colonial legacies. India’s penal code Section 377, for example, which prohibits “carnal intercourse against the order of nature,” dates back to British rule in the 1860s.
Section 377 “became a model anti-sodomy law,” writes Alok Gupta in a 2008 Human Rights Watch report. “Its influence stretched across Asia, the Pacific islands, and Africa, almost everywhere the British imperial flag flew.” Thank you British Empire.
Elsewhere, new laws on sexual expression, forbid LGBT “propaganda” or “promotion”. Russia, for example, decriminalized same-sex sexual acts in 1993, but in 2013 banned public affirmations of “non-traditional sexual relations.”
Below are more details with examples of the places to boycott and why:
Antigua and Barbuda
Kissing your boyfriend in nature. Think again, if caught, gay relations in this Caribbean country will get you a trip to prison for 15-years. Crazy.
The punishment for homosexuality on this island getaway is life in prison. What is Rihanna waiting for to make them change that law?
Punishment for an adult homosexual is between four to 10 years in prison…. and a trip to a psychiatric hospital.
If you’re caught in Botswana having gay affection you can earn a prison sentence of up to seven years.
This summer the Kenyan high court upheld a draconian colonial law outlawing homosexuality — anyone found having a same-sex romance can be imprisoned for up to 14 years.
The “Spice” of the Caribbean will sentence you to 10 years in prison if you engage in homosexuality there.
A popular cruise stop for the straights, Jamaica isn’t so laidback when it comes to LGBTQ rights. Punishment for being gay includes 10 years in prison…. and slavery labor.
Not all Buddhist countries are peaceful and relaxed. As well as committing a genocide against its minority, Myanmar also imprisons homosexuals for up to 10 years as well as charging hefty fines.
Just got married and want to spend a nice honeymoon? Well this vacation spot in the middle of the Indian Ocean is only safe to straight people. It is ruled by the blasphemous sharia law, which calls for 100 lashes and imprisonment for up to four years for “unlawful sexual conduct” to you and your husband. Still want to go there?
St. Kitts and Nevis
Known by the straights for its rainforested mountains and beaches, none of this matter anymore since homosexuals face anywhere from four to 10 years in prison with a chance for hard labor.
St. Lucia’s laws call for imprisonment anywhere from five to 10 years for anyone found engaging in same-sex.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
This southern Caribbean island is home to straight luxury hotels — and a stiff prison sentence of five to 10 years for homosexuals.
The Pacific Islands are known to be laidback, relaxed and welcoming — unless you’re gay, which can get you up to five years in prison. Choose the Canary Islands or Greece instead.
Punishment for same-sex relations can garner anywhere from 30 years to life in prison.
ALL IS NOT BAD
The trends aren’t all bad. As consciousness wises-up, the number of countries that criminalize same-sex relations keeps declining. Indeed, we can witness a widening trend of not only decriminalization but even marriage recognition as you can see through our articles.
Vote with your wallet, prefer booking your trip in countries that value and respect us. The first ones on your bucket list should definitely be super gay Spain (Canary Islands, Madrid, Barcelona, Sitges, Torremolinos), but also Greece (Mykonos), Berlin (Germany), Israel (Tel Aviv), Mexico (Puerto Vallarta), Cuba, France (Paris), The Netherlands (Amsterdam), Belgium (Brussels), the UK (London), the USA (New York, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Francisco). It is better that your money support those economies.