Over the last two years, numerous countries have set examples of inclusive societies, established laws, and celebrated diversity through national pride parades, carnivals, and festivals. Did you know that these countries are a part of the list too? By Payal Das

 

  1. Phuket, Thailand

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The events that take place in Phuket are oh-so-amazing! One of these events is the Phuket Gay Pride. But better than that? Tropout, a gay beach festival is about to take place in Thailand next year! Get your tickets booked from the 2nd to 7th January, 2019.

 

2. Taipei, Taiwan

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Tapei hosts Asia’s most attended Pride Parade every year, but somehow it does not ring a bell when we speak about LGBT-friendly cities, right? Believe it or not, this city has more than 25 gay bars–from casual karaoke bars to fetish bars. Yes, we’re serious.

3.   Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

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A very recent nation to legalise same-sex marriage, Ljubljana is thus, the strongest urban centre among most of the countries. It has a premier gay club known as Klub Tiffany and it not only has an amazing nightlife, but it also holds exhibitions and cultural events paying tribute to the LGBT community.

4. Phnom Penh, Cambodia

 

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Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom is most famous for bringing its art, culture and social movement especially for LGBT community to life. What makes it special is that Cambodia holds the main gathering point in the oldest bar of the country known as the Blue Chilli bar.

 

5. Funchal Madeira, Portugal

 

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Funchal Madeira has a very laid-back life for the LGBT community. The city does not have any specialised gay clubs or bars, but they are definitely LGBT-friendly. Surprisingly it has gay-friendly venues like Venda Velha, 23 Vintage Bar, Mini Eco Bar, Café do Teatro, Trap Music Bar and many more.

6. Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

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A small city in Michigan, Ann Arbor is surprisingly the least known LGBT city in the world. It is also the second most LGBT-friendly city in Michigan. Though the activists of this community had to work hard to set the city accessible for them.

7.  Novi Sad, Serbia

 

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 After facing a lot of challenges, Serbia finally legalised same-sex marriages 2006. In September 2014, a pride parade successfully took place in Belgrade. Did you know that last year, Ana Brnabic became the Prime Minister of Serbia and is the first woman to openly declare herself as a homosexual?