It is no secret that gay dating still needs to experience a lot of changes in terms of perceptions from the outside world. In some nations, public displays of affection are frowned upon. It is concerning men and women kissing in public. It is no surprise then that certain nations across the globe, even during the most advanced and liberal times in world history, would hang a heterosexual man. Some countries have embraced gay dating, and some even go as far as enacting/amending laws to allow gay marriages. On homosexual unions, their world sees perpetual dark times. The site Buddygays drew attention to which countries welcome gay couples with open arms and without prejudice and which should be avoided.
When planning to go globetrotting as a gay man, keep in mind that several cultures frown upon these relations.
Countries That Welcome Gay Couples
First off, welcoming gay couples doesn’t necessarily mean locals will be welcoming too. Countries allowing gay dating have laws governing relations between consenting adults, allowing for gay dating. It translates to gay marriage laws in some countries. As of the beginning of 2021, 29 countries across the world embraced same-sex marriages. Let’s check out the most gay-friendly countries in the world.
- Canada tops off as the most gay-welcoming nation in the world. In Canada, the leader of the nation leads the gay pride parade. A leader, incidentally, who is a heterosexual male. Canada has laws fighting off discrimination based on gender or sexual preference and the right to choose gender reassignment if one chooses.
- Spain is undoubtedly one of the most hyper gay scenes in the world, with its gay pride parade topping number one. It is the number one pick for any gay man’s vacation or dream destination for a honeymoon. The state legalized gay marriage in 2005 and plays host to 15 gay pride events.
Cultural and Social Differences of Various Countries to Gay Couples
Some call it an exception; others call it an abomination while others simply don’t understand it, calling it unnatural. Whatever you choose to call it, it is not a thing. It is a way of life; just like any man chooses to sleep with a woman, does the gay man choose to sleep with a man. Conclusively, the gay man doesn’t choose who he falls in love with, neither does the straight man.
Cultural differences about gay couples are more judgmental in primitive or third-world cultures than in modern-day cultures. For example, a nation may prefer to stone a gay man or woman instead of having them live and mingle within their society. These cultural differences lead to many men living in the closet, some even marrying women just to save face.
While nations in the west embrace life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, other nations use religion as an excuse to shun homosexuality. It is quite ironically, too, as the bible speaks of love for all men, and the Catholic Church always embraced the LGBTQ community.
Dangerous Countries Not for Gay Dating
In Africa alone, two countries are infamous, albeit one only recently, for adamantly refusing to accept LGBQs as people. Tanzania recently had the international community up in arms as it created a task force to deal with gays. In Malawi, what is known as the Warm Heart of Africa, Kenya and Gambia, the maximum penalty is up to 14 years in prison.
Other nations in Africa take on more extreme measures, so it is in any gay man’s interest not to visit these countries. Mauritania, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria all apply the maximum penalty, which is death. How unfortunate for a loving group of people, who only seek to love who they choose to love, with no rebuke.
Gay pride holds a rainbow flag up high, symbolizing several wonderful things. Indigo represents harmony, red stands for life, and orange for healing. It seems these are being realized in small doses, in very few parts of the world. Keep tabs on counties that embrace homophobia, and you can have a great experience in the sunny plains of Spain or the friendly streets of Canada.