If you are considering a gaycation in Spain, then Sitges should definitely be on your short list! Coming up are some of our favorite things about one of the top LGBT+ destinations!
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!