Most Gay-Friendly Country

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    Apr 19, 2011 1:08 AM GMT
    IYHO, what is the most gay-friendly country in the world?

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Societal_attitudes_toward_homosexuality
    Societal attitudes towards homosexuality
  • TrentGrad

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    Apr 19, 2011 4:55 AM GMT
    yourname2000 said
    serioushat saidIYHO, what is the most gay-friendly country in the world?

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    That's tough.

    Off the top of my head though, I think Isreal, The Netherlands, Great Britain, and I would think that Canada has to be up there, too. And I actually don't think that Americans as a people are too far behind, but their country's policies are lagging.


    Sadly, it seems like Islamic youths in the Netherlands are threatening the tolerant nature of the Netherlands...and in particular, Amsterdam:

    http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/ezra_levant/2010/10/08/15630946.html
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    Apr 20, 2011 4:16 AM GMT
    Bangkok, Thailand
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    Apr 20, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    Not sure ... but i can tell u .. not my country haha
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    Apr 20, 2011 4:25 AM GMT
    Denmark through and through. They were the first county to grant same-sex unions an official status (albiet as "registered partnerships").

    Check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_Denmark
  • leixguy

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    Apr 23, 2011 3:18 PM GMT
    I would say sweden and scandinavia in general are the most tolerent.
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    Apr 23, 2011 3:20 PM GMT
    UK definitely. Well, England anyway.
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    Apr 23, 2011 3:22 PM GMT
    I'd say Canada.

    The Netherlands would be up there, but definitely lost some points because of the inability of the Amsterdam municipal govt to keep the "muslim" immigrant youth at bay (in Holland referred to under the umbrella term "Moroccans", similar to how the French refer to "les Algeriens")
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    Apr 23, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    Scotland? Where else can you get away with wearing a skort? I mean...kilt icon_lol.gif

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  • roadbikeRob

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    Apr 23, 2011 3:40 PM GMT
    Definitely not the US unfortunately.icon_sad.gif
  • DCEric

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    Apr 23, 2011 3:44 PM GMT
    It is interesting how no one says their own country. Some how the grass is always greener.....
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    Apr 23, 2011 3:56 PM GMT
    Many are located in Europe: Spain, France, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, The Netherlands, and The UK.

    Canada, Australia, Israel and supposedly South Africa are also gay friendly too.
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    Apr 23, 2011 4:34 PM GMT
    TrentGrad said
    yourname2000 said
    serioushat saidIYHO, what is the most gay-friendly country in the world?

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    That's tough.

    Off the top of my head though, I think Isreal, The Netherlands, Great Britain, and I would think that Canada has to be up there, too. And I actually don't think that Americans as a people are too far behind, but their country's policies are lagging.


    Sadly, it seems like Islamic youths in the Netherlands are threatening the tolerant nature of the Netherlands...and in particular, Amsterdam:

    http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/ezra_levant/2010/10/08/15630946.html


    Serious shit and we're starting to see it right here. I experienced an incident right here in Columbus that I’ll write about one of these days.
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    Apr 23, 2011 5:14 PM GMT
    I would say Denmark or Sweden.
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    Apr 23, 2011 5:58 PM GMT
    Germany should be listed somewhere as well. Tolerance (for anything) is instilled from elementary school on. Of course there are always some haters. But nobody bats an eye when you and your bf/date hold hands in public or snuggle up on a train or bus.

    Recently I saw an English language government ad in Cologne about diversity to encourage foreigners to do business or settle in Germany. It read something like "Our Foreign Minister is gay, the Minister of Health is Vietnamese, and our Chancellor is a woman."

    I would agree, though, that the UK, (even Ireland more and more), the Benelux countries and Scandinavia are among the most tolerant in Europe. France and Spain are not far behind. However, the further East you go, the less tolerant it gets.
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    Apr 23, 2011 6:03 PM GMT
    Hawaii, technically not a country I know. The license plates have rainbows on it FFS.
  • TrentGrad

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    Apr 23, 2011 6:41 PM GMT
    haricotsverts saidAt the risk of spurring another disastrous thread regarding Israel, I'd just like to whisper briefly that it's worth examining critically Israel's stance on homosexuality. There may be a place for homosexuality in Israel, but this place is Tel-Aviv, and it is primarily meant to cater to white men. Depart Tel-Aviv, and much of the rest of the country continues to struggle with homosexuality (excluding most kibbutzim or former kibbutz communities).

    Would an Arab man that identifies as gay be granted any form of asylum in Israel? Probably not--some would say definitely not. Do gay and lesbian Arab Israelis enjoy the same degree of acceptance and integration into Tel-Aviv's gay population? Probably not--and again, empirical evidence points to "definitely not". It is certain that the Israeli government and tourism sector aim to project a gay-friendly image of the country and claim support of homosexuality as an asset. But on the ground, "gay" has its place. And that place is almost exclusively Tel-Aviv. It's worth taking a careful look at all of this before declaring the country as a whole to be highly accepting, granting some of its more progressive policies with regard to military participation.

    Finally, the demonizing rhetoric that "we're better than all of our Arab neighbors" when it comes to acceptance of homosexuality is definitely cause for a critical eye. Now... this isn't all to say that I don't enjoy a good pride parade in Tel-Aviv. It's just a matter of being aware of one's context.

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    Say whatever you will...but show me a Muslim Arab neighbouring state that provides legal protections to it's gay citizens...because I can refer to several which STILL execute gays under official legal mandate!

    And even if, socially, being gay is okay or even welcomed in Tel Aviv, it's still one more city than the gay communities of the surrounding nations have!

    And that's the general point, even if I accept your worst case scenerio!
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    Apr 23, 2011 6:48 PM GMT
    Okay...the most gay friendly that I can think of would be Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Canada...closely followed by countries like Australia, the UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Spain and Austria.

    I'd love to see Hungary, Poland, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic become more tolerant...I love the men from those nations almost as much as I love the men of Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Germany and England. icon_smile.gif

    Good looking Russian men or good looking Hungarian men in particular are absolutely breathtaking!!! icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 23, 2011 7:01 PM GMT
    yourname2000 said
    serioushat saidIYHO, what is the most gay-friendly country in the world?

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    That's tough.

    Off the top of my head though, I think Israel, The Netherlands, Great Britain, and I would think that Canada has to be up there, too. And I actually don't think that Americans as a people are too far behind, but their country's policies are lagging.


    But American politics, is it's people, thats why a number of the left fear politics so much, because they know they are swimming against the flow of America, and will dig, and divert whatever/whenever they can in a hope to make it flow their way; giggles.
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    Apr 23, 2011 7:08 PM GMT
    Scandinavians seem to be the most open minded, egalitarian and happy people in the world. Not a bad place to be born gay.
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    Apr 23, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    Definitely the Scandinavian countries, Holland and Canada top the list as the most egalitarian countries, maybe missed one or two,the rest I don't think are as all emcompassing as the constitutional rights we have in Canada and possiblity the above mentioned countries, against all types of discrimination, age, race, orientation, minority status, disability etc.
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    Apr 23, 2011 7:38 PM GMT
    True_Blue_Aussie said
    yourname2000 said
    serioushat saidIYHO, what is the most gay-friendly country in the world?

    MOST?? icon_eek.gif

    That's tough.

    Off the top of my head though, I think Israel, The Netherlands, Great Britain, and I would think that Canada has to be up there, too. And I actually don't think that Americans as a people are too far behind, but their country's policies are lagging.


    But American politics, is it's people, thats why a number of the left fear politics so much, because they know they are swimming against the flow of America, and will dig, and divert whatever/whenever they can in a hope to make it flow their way; giggles.


    Wow, obsess much about Americans? Maybe just a little? Huh? Got a bit of penis envy going on there? Hmmmm?
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    Apr 23, 2011 7:46 PM GMT
    haricotsverts saidAt the risk of spurring another disastrous thread regarding Israel, I'd just like to whisper briefly that it's worth examining critically Israel's stance on homosexuality. There may be a place for homosexuality in Israel, but this place is Tel-Aviv, and it is primarily meant to cater to white men. Depart Tel-Aviv, and much of the rest of the country continues to struggle with homosexuality (excluding most kibbutzim or former kibbutz communities).

    Would an Arab man that identifies as gay be granted any form of asylum in Israel? Probably not--some would say definitely not. Do gay and lesbian Arab Israelis enjoy the same degree of acceptance and integration into Tel-Aviv's gay population? Probably not--and again, empirical evidence points to "definitely not". It is certain that the Israeli government and tourism sector aim to project a gay-friendly image of the country and claim support of homosexuality as an asset. But on the ground, "gay" has its place. And that place is almost exclusively Tel-Aviv. It's worth taking a careful look at all of this before declaring the country as a whole to be highly accepting, granting some of its more progressive policies with regard to military participation.

    Finally, the demonizing rhetoric that "we're better than all of our Arab neighbors" when it comes to acceptance of homosexuality is definitely cause for a critical eye. Now... this isn't all to say that I don't enjoy a good pride parade in Tel-Aviv. It's just a matter of being aware of one's context.

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    I hate political posts on fitness sites and I realise that you have joined the bandwagon of political rhetoric. FYI the picture is far more complex in both Palestine and Israel, far from black and white....even within Tel Aviv-Jaffa, I would not hold a man's hand in the predominantly Muslim quarters of Jaffa. Tel Aviv is of course more liberal as is the case of Amsterdam versus a more traditional rural commune in Holland.

    The situation in most countries is bad for gay men, that includes Palestine. This said, this does not mean one can condone the Occupation because of greater personal freedoms in one part of the region as opposed to another.

    Wouldn't it be nice if we focused on fitness and health on a fitness and health site for gay men rather than politics. There are thousands of sites in which pro-Israelis and pro-Palestinians can fight who is the bigger victim in history and perpetuate the conflict for another century.
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    Apr 23, 2011 7:48 PM GMT
    wouldn't it be nice to pursue the Arab-Israeli or Israeli Palestinian conflict on sites dedicated to politics and not fitness and health of gay men?
  • dglater

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    May 01, 2011 2:49 AM GMT
    PLEASE STFU ON ISRAE-PALA TOPIC

    Aside from my friendly title, its rather obvious most Western European countries are very Gay Friendly, and to say which is most would lead to a rather subjective discussion. Aside from the obvious euro names, there are many other countries which have Extremely gay friendly cities.

    Tel Aviv, Rio, Buenos Aires... Are all beautiful, unique & exotic on their own. Also very Gay Friendly, Every country has its own version of "Bumble Fuck" where people might not be as gay friendly, but I wouldn't pass on a country just based on that.