Scroll To Top
Travel

Here are the top 10 queer and trans-friendly cities in the world

The top 10 queer-friendly cities in the world
Shutterstock

A new study uses a Global Trans Index to help rank these safe and affirming travel destinations.


Calling all queer and trans travelers

The top 10 queer-friendly cities in the world

The FTM prosthetics experts at Emisil.com recently conducted a study to find the top 10 friendliest cities in the world for queer and trans travelers.

Their team examined data on marriage equality, safety, queer nightlife, and more.

The study also used the Global Trans Index for 2023, which accounts for such factors as gender recognition, laws against discrimination, and low rates of hate crimes.

Some of the cities on the list might surprise you, as may some of the more famous LGBTQ+ bucket list travel destinations that didn’t make the cut.

Keep scrolling to find the world’s top 10 queer and trans-friendly cities as ranked by the FTM prosthetics experts at Emisil.com.

RELATED: Queer, trans, and disabled people overcome obstacles to travel

10. Paris, France

The top 10 queer-friendly cities in the world \u2013 No. 10. Paris, France (the Eiffel Tower)

The Eiffel Tower in Paris

Image by Shutterstock

The City of Lights takes tenth place on the list of top 10 queer and trans-friendly travel destinations in the world with an 8.57 score.

Paris has over 30 queer clubs and bars and comes in fourth with a Global Trans Index score of 223. France’s romantic capital didn’t place higher because it had the worst safety index of any city on the list at less than half of the safest city’s score.

RELATED: 30 of the sexiest men from romantic Paris

9. Tokyo, Japan

The top 10 queer-friendly cities in the world \u2013 No. 9. Tokyo, Japan (Sensoji Temple in Asakusa Tokyo)

Sensoji Temple in Asakusa Tokyo

Image by Shutterstock

Marriage equality might not be the law of the land in Japan, but its capital city takes ninth place with a score of 8.67. Tokyo boasts over 40 queer nightlife spaces and ranks very high in safety.

RELATED: Cool Tokyo design hotspots for LGBTQ+ travelers

8. Toronto, Canada

The top 10 queer-friendly cities in the world \u2013 No. 8. Toronto, Canada (a polyamorous group marches in Toronto Pride)

A polyamorous group marches in Toronto Pride

Image by Shutterstock

Toronto comes in eighth place with a score of 8.77 and compensates for a relative lack of queer bars because it scores high in the Global Trans Index, losing only to the most queer and trans-friendly city in the world.

RELATED: Elska shows you the men of Toronto up close and very personal

7. Reykjavik, Iceland

The top 10 queer-friendly cities in the world \u2013 No. 7. Reykjavik, Iceland (a  rainbow path leads to Hallgrimskirkja Lutheran Church)

A rainbow path leads to Hallgrimskirkja Lutheran Church in Reykjavik

Image by Shutterstock

Taking seventh place on the list of the world’s most queer and trans-friendly cities is Reykjavik with a score of 8.80. Iceland’s capital city is also the country’s largest with a population of just under 125,000. The queer nightlife spots might be smaller in number, but Reykjavik is very safe and affirming for queer and trans travelers.

RELATED: Discovering Iceland – a land of fire, ice, and queer pride

6. Barcelona, Spain

The top 10 queer-friendly cities in the world \u2013 No. 6. Barcelona, Spain (a spectacular sunrise at Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi's Park G\u00fcell)

A spectacular sunrise at Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi’s Park Güell

Image by Shutterstock

The city home to many architectural masterpieces from visionary designer Antoni Gaudi takes sixth place with a score of 8.83. Barcelona ranks very high in the Global Trans Index, has over 30 queer bars and clubs, and is home to the Barcelona Circuit Festival and Barcelona Gay Pride.

RELATED: Seeing Barcelona through Gaudi’s eyes

5. Taipei, Taiwan

The top 10 queer-friendly cities in the world \u2013 No. 5. Taipei, Taiwan (Blooming purple hydrangea at Yangmingshan National Park)

Blooming purple hydrangea at Yangmingshan National Park in Taipei

Image by Shutterstock

Taiwan’s capital city of Taipei comes in fifth in the ranking with a score of 8.84. Taipei takes top honors for safety amongst all other cities on the list and offers 30 queer nightlife spots.

RELATED: Taiwan’s traffic is a ‘living hell’

4. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The top 10 queer-friendly cities in the world \u2013 No. 4. Amsterdam, The Netherlands (a picturesque canal in Amsterdam)

A picturesque canal in Amsterdam

Image by Shutterstock

Amsterdam, Netherlands, holds fourth place, with a score of 9.18. The Netherlands was the first country on this list to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001, and gender recognition legislation was first passed in 2014. Amsterdam also has a high safety index and over 20 queer bars and clubs can be found on Google Maps in the city.

RELATED: How this Pride tour to Amsterdam changed my life

3. New York City, USA

The top 10 queer-friendly cities in the world \u2013 No. 3. New York City, USA (The Big Apple skyline)

The Big Apple skyline

Image by Shutterstock

New York City is ranked the third most queer and trans-friendly city in the world with a score of 9.19. The city has the third lowest safety ranking on the list, but also the most queer bars and clubs. And besides, it’s the Big Apple with its history of Stonewall, Marsha P. Johnson, drag, and more.

RELATED: Empire State of Pride: your ultimate gay guide to NYC

2. Copenhagen, Denmark

The top 10 queer-friendly cities in the world \u2013 No. 2. Copenhagen, Denmark (The historic Tivoli Gardens amusement park)

The historic Tivoli Gardens amusement park in Copenhagen

Image by Shutterstock

Copenhagen takes second place with a score of 9.22. The Danish city has a higher safety index than the list’s leader, but has a much small queer nightlife scene. Still, the city is known for its affirmation atmosphere with annual and continuing events like Draghouse Copenhagen Presents and Copenhagen Winter Pride.

RELATED: Danish restaurant famed for reindeer brain custard to reinvent itself

1. Lisbon, Portugal

The top 10 queer-friendly cities in the world \u2013 No. 1. Lisbon, Portugal (Lisbon\u2019s famed \u201cPink Street\u201d with rainbow Pride umbrellas)

Lisbon’s famed “Pink Street” with rainbow Pride umbrellas

Image by Shutterstock

Lisbon takes the top honors as the most queer and trans-friendly city in the world with a score of 9.26. The city won because of its high safety and generally positive attitude toward the LGBTQ+ community, but also because it has the highest Global Trans Index of any country on the list.

RELATED: 25+ gorgeous pics of queer Lisbon with out travelers Michael and Matt

Advocate Channel - The Pride StoreOut / Advocate Magazine - Fellow Travelers & Jamie Lee Curtis

From our Sponsors

Most Popular

Latest Stories

author avatar

Donald Padgett