US State Department Creates LGBT Travel Guide

The US State department just unveiled a new website last month, designed especially for LGBT travelers. The site includes advice, a Q&A page, and a country-specific guide to legal protections around the world.

The guide discusses which countries criminalize “consensual same-sex relations” and discuss precautions a family can take when traveling, like carrying documents to verify custody of children.

Some tips from the site include:

Be a responsible tourist. Avoid potentially risky situations, and don’t do anything that you wouldn’t do at home!
Remember that you are subject to the laws and the judicial process of the country you’re visiting.
Avoid excessive physical displays of affection in public, particularly in more conservative countries or regions.
If you intend to frequent Internet chat rooms or other meeting places, it’s wise to find out about the local situation.
Be wary of new-found “friends” – criminals sometimes exploit the generally open and relaxed nature of the LGBT scene.
If you receive unwelcome attention or unwelcome remarks, it’s usually best to ignore them.
Some resorts or LGBT neighborhoods can be quite segregated. Be aware that local residents may not approve of expressions of sexuality
when you are in surrounding areas.
You’re more likely to experience difficulties in rural areas, so exercise discretion.
Some hotels, especially in rural areas, won’t accept bookings from same-sex couples. It’s best to check before you go.