Published On: November 18th, 2023Categories: LGBTQIA, MSNTags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

The 10 Best Cities for Gay Men Who Want to Find Community Abroad

The 10 Best Cities for Gay Men Who Want to Find Community Abroad

Looking to leave the US behind and find gay-friendly cities abroad? Whether it’s sunny beaches in Latin America or cooler climates in the Nordic countries calling your name, Expatsi’s got you covered. Here’s our list of the 10 best cities for gay men.

1) Madrid, Spain

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Madrid shares this inclusive culture annually through events like LesGaiCineMadrid, its LGBTQ movie festival, and Madrid Pride—the biggest Pride event in Europe. Located in central Spain, this lively city grants gay expats easy access to Portugal, France, and the rest of the European Union.

➤ Learn more about moving to Spain.

2) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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With over 5 million people, Rio de Janeiro shows off its beating heart in its annual Carnival celebration and vibrant LGBTQ community all year long. Brazil ranks among the best countries for queer people, supporting gay marriage and gender identity in its human rights laws. With its gay district located near Farme Gay Beach, Rio offers a hot and sunny life for gay expats. Check out Copacabana and The Week for popular nightlife spots.

➤ Learn more about moving to Brazil.

3) Bangkok, Thailand

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Bangkok welcomes one and all to one of the most tolerant nations in Southeast Asia. Once you’ve found your place with Thai cuisine, look to Silom Soi 4 to locate the drag shows, gay bars, street stalls, and hotels. Those who love late-night life should check out DJ Station, one of Bangkok’s most renowned gay clubs.

➤ Learn more about moving to Thailand.

4) Barcelona, Spain

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Known for mild winters and hot summers, this massive Spanish city embraces its queer culture with a rainbow of gay shops, clubs, and bars. The Gaixample, an area of the Old Left neighborhood in the Eixample district, puts you right in the middle of LGBTQ life here. Sights like Gaudí’s Sagrada Família cathedral and Catalan modernist architecture beckon men interested in Spain’s vibrant cultural history.

➤ Learn more about moving to Spain.

5) Oslo, Norway

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This cool-climate country legalized gay marriage in 2009 and has protected gay rights since 1981. Oslo hosts one of the best gay choirs in the world and biggest Pride event in the country, highlighting Norway’s vibrant LGBTQ culture.

➤ Learn more about moving to Norway.

6) Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires has led the way for queer representation since guaranteeing gay rights in 2002—the first city in South America to do so. It draws many queer expats with its open embrace of gay culture. Experience life on the Atlantic with hotspots like Casa Brandon and Babieca. For those gay expats living out their golden years, there’s even a gay retirement center, founded by Argentina’s first married lesbian couple.

➤ Learn more about moving to Argentina.

7) Montevideo, Uruguay

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A queer pioneer of South America, Uruguay legalized same-sex relationships back in 1934; capital Montevideo has supported the gay community ever since. Discover a blend of architectural styles, from art deco and neoclassical buildings to glittering skyscrapers, a major industrial port, and modern beachside communities. Youthful entrepreneurs delivered a fresh jolt of energy to the city, with a rise in chic restaurants, boutiques, and bars transforming this once-sleepy city into the hip place to be.

➤ Learn more about moving to Uruguay.

8) Reykjavik, Iceland

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Reykjavik extends an open invitation to queer people across the spectrum, welcoming all to enjoy its hot springs, eclectic art museums, and hometown musicians. From a legal viewpoint, Iceland’s led the world in gay rights, with equal adoption access for same-sex couples since 2006, gender-identity rights since 2012 and same-sex marriage in the Church of Iceland since 2015. The weather may be chilly, but the people are warm as can be.

➤ Learn more about moving to Iceland.

9) Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Amsterdam Pride is a cornerstone event for the country, celebrating the diversity of this culturally diverse and liberal country. Gay couples describe a sense of being welcomed throughout the city and beyond, being as affectionate as they pleased. With no clear LGBTQ district, Maartje suggests checking out the Reguliersdwarsstraat, a famous gay street in Amsterdam.

➤ Learn more about moving to the Netherlands.

 

10) Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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Puerto Vallarta has long been a destination for gay expats from the U.S., favored as much for its Pacific beaches as its welcoming atmosphere. By day, you’ll meet other LGBTQ people around the Blue Chairs club on Los Muertos beach or visit the Botanical Gardens Vallarta. You’re also sure to find new gay-friendly experiences around Zona Romántica, a vibrant district paved with cobblestone streets and lined with vendors, trendy galleries, and queer-friendly bars.

➤ Learn more about moving to Mexico.

20 Best Countries for Transgender People Who Want to Leave the U.S.

20 Best Countries for Transgender People Who Want to Leave the U.S.

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In 2023, state legislatures have proposed 566 anti-trans bills in 49 states (all but Delaware), and legislators have also introduced at least 31 national anti-trans bills. Although 128 of those bills have already failed, 80 have passed without veto, revoking rights from transgender individuals in 22 states.

If you’re considering moving your family to a country that’s more welcoming to transgender people, travel journalists Asher & Lyric have created a guide to the best and worst countries for trans rights and ranked the United States in 40th place. Here are their top 20 countries.

20 Best Countries for Transgender People Who Want to Leave the U.S.

Best Cities for Lesbian Expats

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With anti-queer rhetoric ramping up across the U.S., LGBTQ+ folks of all stripes are looking to leave for new homes where they can live loud and proud. Here’s the best cities for lesbian expats looking to move abroad.

Best Cities for Lesbian Expats

Here Comes the Pride: Where Gay Marriage Is Legal Around the World (Including a Former Soviet State!)

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Since the Netherlands legalized same-sex marriage back in 2001, other countries have continued to follow suit. The fight for equality continues to bear fruit, with a former Soviet state being the latest nation to sign gay marriage into law.

Love is love, no matter who you share it with or where. Here’s the countries that have legalized same-sex marriage as of 2023.

Love Wins: Countries with Legal Same-Sex Marriage

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Brett Andrews is the co-founder of Expatsi, a company that helps expats discover how to leave the U.S. Brett and his partner Jen developed the Expatsi Test to recommend countries to move to, based on factors like budget, visa type, spoken languages, healthcare rankings, and more. In a former life, he worked as a software developer, IT support specialist, and college educator. When he's not working, Brett loves watching comic book movies and reading unusual books.

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Brett Andrews is the co-founder of Expatsi, a company that helps expats discover how to leave the U.S. Brett and his partner Jen developed the Expatsi Test to recommend countries to move to, based on factors like budget, visa type, spoken languages, healthcare rankings, and more. In a former life, he worked as a software developer, IT support specialist, and college educator. When he's not working, Brett loves watching comic book movies and reading unusual books.