Looking for LGBTIQ travel recommendations? Keep reading to find tips for traveling abroad.
Most states seek to guarantee respect for the human rights of their nationals at all times; however, the application of the internal laws of each nation cannot be prevented. Therefore, it is important to remember that the law of the country you are in must always be observed – regardless of whether or not you agree with its legal framework.
It is important to note that there are places where the social environment and laws can be openly adverse to people. lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer, (LGBTIQ). In some countries homosexuality can be criminalized, and the penalties and punishments can be severe or even involve the death penalty. There are other countries where there are strong restrictions on freedom of expression.
For more information on the status of the various laws in other countries regarding homosexuality, go here or consult the website of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). You can also consult the specialized travel guide or approach forums, groups or media outlets for sexual diversity to request information. A recognized source is the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA). If your research shows that there are significant risks to members of the LGBTIQ community, it’s best to reconsider traveling elsewhere. In all cases, the best option is to be a responsible tourist and avoid putting yourself at risk.
In general, it is advisable to follow the following tips to avoid possible risk situations:
You have to be aware that in some places there are strict codes of conduct and dress.
When in doubt, it is best to seek advice from local people you know.
It is good to find out in internet chats and groups to avoid dangerous places or raids in countries where sexual diversity is a crime.
You have to be careful with new friends; Avoid sharing too much personal information with unknown people.
Rural areas and small towns generally tend to be more conservative, so observing local customs is recommended.
On some occasions, certain hotels may refuse to accommodate same-sex couples, so it is good practice to ask about their policies when making a reservation.
In reference to obtaining a passport, in the case of transgender people, so that they can be issued the same and that it shows the change of sex-generic, it is enough to support the request with a document proving nationality – birth certificate, it should be note that only the Civil Code of the DF” contemplates this possibility, so if the birth certificate originates from any other state of the Republic, it is probably not possible to change the sex and new name on your certificate and therefore you will not be able to obtain a birth certificate that shows the change of sex-generic -.
In the event of an eventuality or if you require assistance abroad, immediately contact your nearest consulate or embassy in your country. And do not forget to register your travel itinerary in the System for the Registration of your country abroad (SIRME).
Additionally, the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED) offers information, recommendations and services that may be useful for those planning a trip abroad.