South Africa Ranks As One Of The Top 10 Gay Friendly Countries


As many African countries have shut their doors against all form of homosexuals, South Africa widely welcomes them and this makes the country one of the top Gay friendly countries.

South Africa is still walking a tightrope between its strong constitutional commitment to protect gay rights and its solidarity with the largely homophobic rest of Africa. But it seems at least to be improving its balance.

Research conducted by Weekend Argus on top worst and top best countries for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) travelers placed south Africa among the top countries that are GLBT friendly.

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The research coincided with the three-day International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association’s annual global convention – held in Africa for the first time, in Cape Town.

Marketing company Out Now Consulting’s research placed Cape Town on 19th position out of the top 20 gay friendly travel destinations of 2013 while Clifton’s Third Beach was described as one of the world’s best gay beaches.

When South Africa legalized same-sex marriage in November 14, 2006, it joined the very few countries around the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

At that time, there were only five countries to legalize same-sex marriages. Though African countries like Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Gabon, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, and Rwanda never criminalized homo sexuality, South Africa is the only country in the continent that has the most liberal attitudes toward gays and lesbians, with a constitution which guarantees gay and lesbian rights and legal same-sex marriage.

Top 10 Gay Friendly Countries

Currently, 21 countries have legalized same-sex marriage in the world but this list shows the top ten countries that are LGBT friendly.

  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Argentina
  • New Zealand
  • Iceland
  • Philippines
  • South Africa

Top Worst Anti Gay Countries By Weekend Argus

  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Uganda
  • Nigeria
  • Rusia
  • Jamaica

Also See: SA Still Battling With Black Homosexual Rights