Park Güell - Barcelona, Spain
Sunset - Sitges, Spain
Rooftop Pool - Torremolinos, Spain

Rainbow Flag Pride Map of Spain

LGBTQ+ Rights in Spain

Recognized as one of the most LGBT-friendly destinations in the world, Spain is consistently on the forefront when it comes to advancing LGBT+ rights. As part of many post-Franco reforms, Spain decriminalized homosexuality in 1979, and Madrid held its first gay pride parade in June of that same year. In 1995, employment discrimination based on sexual orientation was banned nationally.

Fast forward to 2005 when Spain fabulously became the third country to legalize same-sex marriage after the Netherlands and Belgium. Also in 2005, Spain legalized adoption rights for same-sex couples.

With respect to other LGBT+ rights, men who have sex with men can donate blood in Spain, transgender individuals can change their legal gender without reassignment surgery, and LGBT+ people can serve in the military.

On a hugely positive note, a recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that public opinion in Spain on the acceptance of homosexuality ranks highest in the world at 88%!

Given the amazing progress made towards equality for LGBT+ people, combined with stunning beaches, world class gay cities, and super friendly locals, Spain has become one of the best places for LGBT+ people to call home and one most popular gay travel destinations on the planet! Check out the posts below as we highlight some of our favorite gay travel destinations in Gay Spain!

Gay Movie Inspiration

For an over the top look at conservative Spain during the Franco era, there is a thrilling (and dark!) Spanish-Mexican drama on Netflix called Someone Has to Die. In the series, a young man returns to his wealthy family in Spain after a trip to Mexico, and he brings a male dancer back with him. The subsequent chain of events is shocking to say the least. Needless to say, we were glued to our seats and came out the other side even more grateful of the significant changes Spain has made in the past decades to become one of the most open and culturally liberal countries in the world.

More Gay Travel Destinations

Inspiration for your next Gaycation
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Hola amigos and welcome to our gay travel blog! We are Andy and Trai, a gay couple traveling the world with PRIDE 🌈  …and our rescue dog, Pattie!

After meeting in San Francisco in 2018 and later moving to Chicago, we decided to quit our jobs in 2021, sell everything, and become Two Gay Expats!

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