LGBTQ Security Concerns Surrounding the FIFA World Cup™

This summer, Russia will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup – attracting millions of visitors from around the globe. Though Russia is a high-threat environment for LGBTQ travelers, FIFA’s anti-discrimination chief has stated that the LGBTQ community will feel safe at this summer’s events.

LGBT Travelers Could Face Risks During 2016 Olympics In Brazil

In Rio de Janeiro, the primary location for the majority of the 2016 Olympics events, LGBT travelers are likely to be safest in areas with a high concentration of LGBT venues and in mid- to upper-class neighborhoods but should maintain a low profile if attending the Olympic events or visiting parts of Rio other than areas along the southern beaches.

Challenges for Transgender International Travelers

After a series of high-profile incidents between Transportation Security Agency (TSA) agents and transgender travelers in mid-2015, LGBT rights organizations and travelers report that security processing during domestic travel has become less fraught. However, the way security personnel at airports outside the US treat transgender individuals is inconsistent, leading to situations where transgender international travelers still face insensitivity and confusion, such incidents can be emotionally difficult and disruptive to travel.

LGBT Travel Advice: Marriage and Immigration When Traveling

LGBT travel advice for married same-sex travelers is nearly impossible to provide across the board as laws on homosexuality and social acceptance vary from country to country. Let's take a look at some helpful guidelines for global LGBT travelers who are asked the question "are you married?"

Orlando Attack Not an Indicator of Overall Increase of Threats to LGBT Community

Despite the shooting in Orlando, the overall threat to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in the US is unlikely to increase over the next six to 12 months. There is a baseline of anti-LGBT sentiment that will persist within conservative religious communities in the US, but this event is not an indicator of a larger anti-LGBT campaign sponsored or specifically staged by the Islamic State (IS).

LGBT Travel Security Concerns

For members of the LGBT community, some places–those with openly hostile government policies, and those with deeply-rooted anti-LGBT sentiment–present a different threat environment than they do for non-LGBT travelers. By taking steps to understand how anti-LGBT sentiment might manifest itself in a given destination, LGBT travelers should be able to make informed judgements about how to guide their travel, and how to protect their safety.