If you’re considering travel outside the United States, start by finding out more about the country you are considering. Here are some resources:

Travel Sites

Nomadic Boys– the blog of a gay couple that travels the world and documents how comfortable and safe they felt in each country. Check out their top 25 most gay friendly countries in the world for some exciting vacation ideas. Then browse their website for detailed information about destinations all over the world. They have been everywhere! And they always talk to LGBTQ+ locals to find out what their life is like. Don’t miss their Gay Travel Tips.

Equaldex– a crowdsourced knowledge base of LGBT rights by country and region.  

ILGA- International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association is a worldwide federation campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex human rights. ILGA has a map of Sexual Orientation Laws in the World. Regional groups have more detailed information about legal, political, and social developments in each country: Pan Africa ILGA, ILGA Asia, ILGA- Europe, ILGALAC- Latin America, and ILGA North America and the Caribbean.

Travel Advisories

U.S. Department of State– provides safety and security information for every country of the world. Type the name of the coutry in the search box labeled Learn About Your Destination.

Then click on the Local Laws & Special Circumstances Section.

Scroll down to LGBTI Travelers for important details about the country.

You will also find the address and phone numbers of the U.S. embassy or consulate. Take that information with you in case of an emergency. You can check all the current travel advisories to rule some destinations out. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Plan S.T.E.P. is a free service that allows U.S. citizens to register their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Then you can receive travel advisories and alerts about your destination country. Enrolling in S.T.E.P. also makes it easy for the U.S. Embassy to contact you if their is civil unrest, a natural disaster, or you have a family emergency.

Navigating the Airport

Transportation Security Admnistration (TSA) has information for transgender individuals traveling by air. Instead of walking through the imaging machine, you may request a pat-down done in private. You are allowed to bring one person with you during the pat-down. Check their page for more details.

National Center for Transgender Equality has detailed information about airport security and your rights.

Domestic Travel

Since the federal government has not yet passed The Equality Act, the rights of LGBTQ+ Americans varies significantly from state to state. Check below to find out how LGBTQ+ friendly a particular state is.

Movement Advancement Project (MAP) evaluates each state by counting the number of laws and policies within the state that help guarantee equality for LGBTQ people. You can also search by state for more detailed information.