The IGLA has released its’ 2013 review of human rights across Europe, and the results are a little surprising, at least to me. I try and avoid countries where there is outright hostility and legalized discrimination against LGBT folks, but the report goes a bit deeper than just recognizing the laws that are in place.
“While some countries are scoring high on the Rainbow Map because they have good laws, the situation on the ground often is very different. Even in countries with the most advanced laws and policies, there is a surprisingly high percentage of LGBTI people who are adjusting their behaviours on a daily basis because they fear violence and harassment when in public.”
Tom and I aren’t really big on public displays of affection anyway, but I’ve never had any issues or felt any discrimination when traveling in Europe. We do keep very aware of our surroundings and make sure we don’t go anywhere it doesn’t feel safe. Otherwise, we live our lives and see the world as we like. We’ve been to Italy many many times and have never had a single issue.
Still, it’s important to know what’s going on in the world, and this is a great resource of LGBT people to plan trips.