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Homosexuality is regarded as a crime in about 72 countries of the world. The United States and other countries grapple with the issue of same-sex marriage. In the US, between 2013 and 2015 there was a shocking record of 53 unprosecuted transgender murders. This article contains a list of Countries with the Highest Gay/Lesbian Rate.

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Where Is Homosexuality Rejected 

In Africa and in predominantly Muslim countries have an open rejection to homosexuality. 98% in Nigeria, 965 in Senegal, 96% in Ghana, 96% in Uganda and about 90% in Kenya believe that homosexuality should not be accepted by society.

South Africa is one of the African country where homosexual acts are legal and discrimination based on sexual orientation is unconstitutional but in all this about 61% do not accept, while only just 32% accept it.

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In Muslim predominant countries like Jordan 97% objects, 95% in Egypt, 94% in Tunisia, 93% in the Palestinian territories, 93% in Indonesia, 87% in Pakistan, 86% in Malaysia, 80% in Lebanon and 78% in Turkey.

Majorities in South Korea about 59% and 57% China say homosexuality should not be accepted. In 2007, 77% in South Korean disagree to homosexuality while 18% said it should be accepted by society.

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Where is Homosexuality Accepted

There has been a broad acceptance of homosexuality in North America, the European Union, Latin America, but there is equally a widespread rejection in predominantly Muslim nations and in Africa, Asia and also in Russia. Opinion about the acceptability of homosexuality is divided in Israel, Poland and Bolivia.

According to a survey carried out, the view that homosexuality should be accepted by society is prevalent in most of the European Union countries. About 88% in Spain, 87% in Germany, 80-% in the Czech Republic, 77% in France, 76% in Britain, and 74% in Italy and about a 53% in Greece share this view. Poland is currently the only European country with mixed view, 42% say homosexuality should be accepted by society and 46% believe it should be rejected.

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Argentina is the first country in the Latin America region to legalize gay marriage in 2010, about 74% accept gay marriage while the remaining 26% objects to it.

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Factors That Affect Society View On Homosexuality

 1. Age

Views of homosexuality varies across age groups, the younger age group are more likely to say homosexuality should be accepted by society. In South Korea, Japan, and Brazil for example, age differences are particularly evident, those below 30 years are more accepting than those between 30-49 years.

2. Gender

Women are considerably more likely than men to say homosexuality should be accepted by society. In Japan 61% of women say homosexuality should be accepted, only 47% of men share this view. About 48% of women in Israel express positive views of homosexuality, compared with 31% of men.

3. Religion

A strong relationship exists between religion and the societies opinions about homosexuality. There is less acceptance for homosexuality in countries where religion is central to people’s lives.

There are some exceptions in countries like Russia where only 16% say homosexuality should be accepted by society. Brazilians and Filipinos are said to be more tolerant of homosexuality than their countries’ high levels of religiosity.

Countries with the Highest Gay/Lesbian Rate

In many countries, homosexuality is still illegal, and even punishable by death. The top countries with the biggest gay populations are surprisingly not included in the list of countries where gay marriage is legal. Gay are able to safely marry in over 20 countries of the world but there are countries where being gay is equivalent to committing a serious crime

Most Muslim countries severely criminalize against homosexuality, most of these countries are present in the list of the most dangerous countries for gay travelers.

Here’s our list of countries with the highest Gay/Lesbian population:

  1. Spain
  2. Brazil
  3. Norway
  4. Canada
  5. Belgium
  6. Gambia
  7. Lebanon
  8. Thailand
  9. Argentina
  10. Netherlands
  11. South Africa

1. Spain 

A large percent of Spain’s citizens believe that homosexuality should be accepted. Spain is said to be the number one country for gay people, it is among the first countries to legalize same-sex marriage back in 2005 with Barcelona as the friendliest. Homosexuality culture has had a great influenced on Spain’s art.

2. Brazil 

Brazil has officially legalized gay marriage since 2013, and it has some of the best homosexual laws. There is still some discrimination faced in the country for gay people, but it is still much better than most countries in the world.

3. Norway

Norway legalized same-sex marriage in 2009 and they become the first country to enact anti-discrimination protections based on sexual orientation in 1981. Pride in Oslo is known to be one of Norway’s largest events, and the city is also home to one of the world’s best gay choirs.

4. Canada

Canada legalized same-sex marriage back in 2005. In 2019 the country’s  prime minister declared himself openly LGBTQ-friendly. Canada is also home to Vancouver and Toronto, two of the world’s best cities for expats, according to a recent report.

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5. Belgium 

In 2003, Belgium became the second country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. It ranked number 4 on Gallup’s 2015 list of Top Places for Gay People to Live, and number 23 on HSBC’s ranking of best countries for expats and is known for its delicious cuisine.

6. Gambia

Gambia has strict laws against homosexuality, but the homosexual population has a strong presence in social media and hence, makes our list.

7. Lebanon

Lebanon is one of the very few Muslim countries where all sexual orientations are legal, and is quite progressive.

8. Thailand

Unlike other countries with laws restricting or support gay marriage, Thailand does not have laws recognizing same sex marriages or unions, but they are generally tolerated publicly and don’t face significant oppression.

9. Argentina

Argentina is the first country in Latin America to legalized same-sex marriage back in 2010. It’s also the home to more than 30 national parks, the beautiful city of Buenos Aires and tang.

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10. Netherlands 

The Netherlands is the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2000 and it is considered the most gay-friendly country in the world, according to Gallup. Amsterdam, its capital, is a popular destination for homosexual tourists and it was ranked among the best cities in the world for expats.

11. South Africa 

South Africa the very first African country to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption for same sex couples in 2006.  Johannesburg is said to be the country’s gay epicenter. It is the home to the annual Jo’Burg Pride event, the Out in Africa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The country is also home to most of the annual Mr. Gay South Africa competitions.

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