Destinations that Truly Embrace the LGBTQ+ Community

There are several places that pride themselves on saying they are LGBTQ+ friendly and offer countless activities for this community; however, do these places truly embrace the LGBTQ+ community?
In this article, we present 5 destinations in Latin America that not only stand out for their spaces and festivals for the LGTB+ community but have also marked a milestone in it.

Buenos Aires, Argentina


Its neighborhoods such as Recoleta, Palermo, and the Corrientes area offer hundreds of options for the LGBTQ+ community.

One of its most emblematic places is Contramano, and although the Argentines call it bowling, it is the perfect place to meet new people.

Another place is Casa Brandon, which is a place organized around a living room with chairs where you can sit down and watch a movie or listen to live music. As soon as you enter the place, there is an art show, which is renewed weekly, and up a few steps is the kitchen. There is also a bar, where the plan is to order something.

In addition, same-sex marriage was approved in 2010 along the benefits and legal responsibilities of adoption in Argentina. And although in this country the so-called conversion therapies are not formally prohibited, its Mental Health Law says that a person cannot obtain a diagnosis in this matter based on their sexual identity.

Ciudad de México, México


In Mexico, the Supreme Court of Justice declared the prohibition of gay marriage unconstitutional at the national level. And although in some states this proposal has not yet been declared legal, others states such as Mexico City have supported it.

In recent years, various neighborhoods such as Centro, Zona Rosa, Roma, and Condesa have had a large number of hotels, clubs, shops and exhibitions for the LGBTQ+ community.
Especially Zona Rosa, which has become a must stop for the LGBTQ+ community due to its large number of restaurants, karaoke bars, bars, boutiques, sex shops, and cabarets.

Punta del Este, Uruguay


Uruguay is one of the most progressive nations. It was the second country in Latin America to legalize marriage between same-sex couples and has created laws in favor of abortion and the sale of marijuana.
In 2009, a social program was launched in which couples, including those of the same sex, who had been living in common law for more than 4 years, could request the State to adopt children in an effort to improve the quality of life of Uruguayan children.
Uruguay stands out for its relaxed attitude, but especially Punta del Este which has focused on the LGBTQ + community and stands out for its vineyards, beaches, casinos, and clubs.

Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Beautiful panorama of Rio de Janeiro at sunset, Brazil.

The sensuality that pervades its Carnival spreads throughout the year in the form of pride parades, luxurious resorts and independent hotels, bars, and clubs in this city.
Rio's LGBTQ + tourism has found its space especially in Maracanã, or its beaches, from Leblon to Copacabana.
In Brazil, the approval of homosexual unions was promoted by the supreme court and not by Congress.
And it is one of the few nations in Latin America that actually prohibits conversion therapies.

San José, Costa Rica


In Costa Rica, same-sex marriage has been legal since May 26, 2020.
It became the first country in Central America to legalize homosexual marriage.
San José stands out for its saunas, hotels, clubs and bars dedicated to the community.
For example, Club Teatro is famous for its nightlife and spectacular Drag Queens shows.
While Club Hispalis is a men's sauna and gym near the gay center of San José.


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