As same-sex marriages start to take place legally for the first time in the UK, an estimated increase in same-sex couples booking their honeymoons abroad has triggered a new travel advice campaign by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The campaign, launched today, aims to reach out to LGBT couples and to LGB&T travellers more broadly, and advises them to choose their travel destination with care. Here is the main gist of it:
- Attitudes towards gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender travellers vary considerably around the world and can be very different from those in the UK;
- Always research the destination you intend to visit before you book your holiday/honeymoon:
- Some countries could have laws which punish same-sex sexual activity – even, potentially, with the death penalty;
- While others may recognise same-sex marriage, it may not be culturally acceptable; certain acts may not be legal and the local society could be intolerant of LGBT travellers in general.
Visit the LGBT travel advice page on GOV.UK for more information.
To coincide with the campaign launch the F&CO has also partnered with The Gay Wedding Guide and canvassed opinions on the LGBT travellers’ top choices for honeymoon destinations abroad. Here is the result: