Ideal countries for gay travel: PH ranks low

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MANILA, Philippines—Almost a decade ago, one global survey named the Philippines as among the few gay-friendly countries in the world. However, a new study has ranked the country as one of the least ideal for LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) travelers.

In 2013, the US-based Pew Research Center released a survey titled “The Global Divide on Homosexuality” and showed that 73 percent of adult Filipinos agreed with the statement that “homosexuality should be accepted by society.”

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In the survey, the Philippines ranked 10th out of 39 countries with the majority of its population accepting homosexuality.

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However, years later, the German portal Spartacus in its 2021 Gay Travel Index, which ranked the best and worst countries for LGBTQ+ travelers, showed that the Philippines ranked 117th out of 202 countries and territories as ideal destinations for gay travelers.