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These Are The Best Latin American Countries To Visit If You Are Part Of The LGBTQ Community

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Traveling internationally has become increasingly accessible to people all over the world. However, laws are different depending on the country you want to see. This is especially true for LGBTQ people. There are still countries that have a death penalty in place as punishment for simply being gay. Countries like Russia will jail tourists for being openly gay.

Some countries in Latina America have made major changes to laws and rights for the LGBTQ community. Countries like Uruguay and Argentina have legalized same-sex marriage. The LGBTQ Travel Index ranks countries based on the friendliness to the LGBTQ community and here are the top ranking Latin American countries.

The LGBTQ Travel Index puts many Latin American countries at the top of the list.

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The index uses criteria like marriage equality laws, age of consent, religious influences, anti-gay laws, and family adoption policies to rate the countries. This year, it included transgender rights on the list. Canada and Sweden tied for top spot, if you want to go to cold places.

Uruguay ranked as the No. 1 friendliest Latin American country.

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Uruguay is known around the world as an extremely gay-friendly place. Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1934 and marriage equality passed in early 2013. Check out Chains Pub for the most popular gay tourist destination and La Pasiva. Please Google La Pasiva’s logo and die happy that a pizza chain went for a boy kissing a weiner dog for the logo.

Colombia comes right after Uruguay on the index.

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If you search for gay travel in Colombia, you’ll even find several different travel agencies targeting LGBTQ people specifically, there’s that much of a demand and supply for it. Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the Caribbean coast, enjoying the nightlife of Medellin or exploring the historic and colorful city of Bogota, you’ll be in good hands.

Argentina has been dubbed “Latin America’s gay capital.”

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I mean, there are rainbows everywhere, and LGBTQ people have been safe since indigenous times. The Mapuche people didn’t live in a binary and even revered its third gender, weye. “Christians invaded and used the “sodomy” of Mapuche as a justification for war. Argentina decolonized its values when it became the first country to legalize same-sex marriage in Latin America.

Puerto Rico ranks higher than the United States on the index.

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Whether you want to get on a rainbow tour bus and discover gay San Juan for yourself, or go on foot to the many gay bars, you’ll be in good company. Plus, Puerto Rico needs your money right now.

Bolivia is here for you nature lovers.

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Bolivia comes right after Puerto Rico and the USA with points deducted for religious influence and hostile locals (in the smaller towns). Yes, Latin America needs to combat it’s machísmo and Catholic influences, but you’ll be more safe checking out salt flats of Bolivia than the swamps of Louisiana.

Oh, and Ecuador, tambien.

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Strangely, while Ecuador has stricter legal protections for the LGBT community, it also has HIV travel restrictions. That said, you can make a trip to the famous Galapagos Islands where nobody cares what your sexuality is. Everyone’s there to be mesmerized by island penguins.

Brazil is an obvious choice.

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While Brazil earned some points on the index for some of its legislation to protect LGBTQ people, it loses points for its religious influence and murders of the LGBTQ community. If you’re going to Brazil, check out Copacabana and Ipanema, which are notoriously gay tourist spots.

Plus, Carnival is no joke.

Costa Rica is queer heaven.

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Costa Rica is cherished in the queer community. You go to find your solitude and peace with nature. With the tourism industry being a mainstay for the economy, you’d be hard pressed to encounter hate here.

Nicaragua is a toss up.

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Nicaragua is a borderline place to visit, with not too many laws in place to protect the community, but also not to much recorded hostility toward the community. What is gayer than your own private sea cave with your boo? The landscape speaks for itself.

México, however, has been gay for thousands of years.

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Tulum has exploded as a destination in México, and while the country as a whole is pretty friendly to the gays, Tulum has a special history with our community. The Mayans once thrived in this spot on the Yucatan and were known for celebrating sexual diversity. Not much has changed.

If you’re not into the party scene and want to unwind, see the Mayan ruins and maybe check out a gay bar in nearby Playa del Carmen, go to Tulum.

Guatemala boasts some incredible scenery.

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Lake Atitlán in Guatemala is breathtaking. You can jump in that lake, take in views of nearby volcanos and snap all the selfies your big, bleeding, gay heart desires with no shame.

Panama is a Central American getaway.

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Panama comes in hot after México on the index rating, though Panama City doesn’t have a gay neighborhood. You can check out the Envy Club Panamá, which hosts drag shows and Mr. Gay Central America. It just opened and is right in front of Hotel Hyatt Place–there’s your hotel, to boot.

Belize has some of the most pristine waters to dip in with your boo.

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While it is featured on Gay Travel blogs, the index has it rated as a -4, nearing the bottom of the list worldwide. However, the country is pivoting to tourism as a main source of income and tourism changes things.

Do not go to Honduras!

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Honduras has the highest rate of transgender murders relative to its population. After liberal president Manuel Zelaya was ousted in 2009, 215 LGBT murders have taken place. Things can change, though. LGBT activist Erick Martínez is a candidate for Congress in Honduras, despite the risk he’s taking to even run publicly.

Tampoco, don’t head to Peru anytime soon.

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While Peru comes in hot after Kyrgyzstan and before Ukraine on the index list, some legislation is starting to pass to make it more legally safe to travel to the country. Don’t go on our advice though.

Wherever you decide to go, we hope it’s somewhere you can let loose. It is vacation after all.

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I know I always want to support a tourist economy that is going to welcome me with open arms, and I’m not interested in having my guard up on vacation. Let me display all that Latina affection I’ve been raised to do in peace.


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20 Couples Costumes Inspired By Celebrities, Takis And Latinos In General

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20 Couples Costumes Inspired By Celebrities, Takis And Latinos In General

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So you and your boo or BFF have made a pact to do Halloween costumes together and we’re guessing the creative side of the deal has landed on your shoulders, dear reader. Well, 2018 is the year of el Latino gang and we’re drippin’ in ideas for your Halloween. Use these ideas from this list or let them inspire even more unique ideas you won’t find on a web page.

Buena suerte, Halloweeners.

The “Finesse” Duo

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Cardi B and Bruno Mars’ collaboration on “Finesse” is one of the most iconic songs of the year and was nominated for half a dozen VMA awards. No question people will recognize you instantly, but it came out at the start of the year, so you’re less likely to be competing with lookalikes.

Cardi B and Offset

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I mean, just check out their Rolling Stone photo shoot for inspo and expect to be the hottest couple at the party, hands down. And go get a bedazzle gun before they sell out.

Nicki Minaj vs Cardi B at the Met Gala

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You can have a grand ole time with your partner in crime causing drama at every party you grace with your majestic presence. Someone, por favor, ask your abuelita to sew you a Cardi B reina gown.

Budget Sports Nemesis Duo

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Most likely, you already have the fan gear and you can already think of that special someone you feud with on an annual basis. They’re your other half this Halloween, okay? Jake T. Austin and his girlfriend had this look on lock last year.

J-Lo & A-Rod

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Speaking of the Yankees. There’s no question that J.Lo and A-Rod are this year’s power couple. Who can forget A-Rod becoming a meme for his reaction while watching J-Lo twerk on the VMAs stage this year.

Harlee Santos and James Nava from “Shades of Blue”

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Jennifer Lopez’ “Shades of Blue” enjoyed its series finale this year and we were swooning for the corrupt cop Harlee and Assistant District Attorney James Nava steam ship. Note that Nava is best known for skipping the jacket and slaying the done up vest look.

If you can figure out a way to get Harlee’s hair, just keep the look for the rest of the year.

Daya and Daddy from “Orange is the New Black”

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This last season of OITNB was on fire with the introduction of smoldering lesbian Vicci Martinez as “Daddy.” More specifically, Daya’s Daddy. 🔥 🔥 🔥

Elena and Syd from “One Day at a Time”

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They are truly the cutest teen couple on television and all your Cuban friends will instantly recognize you from their prom night look. I got you, queer fam.

Patsy and Edina from “Absolutely Fabulous”

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Last year, Jessica Alba and Kelly Sawyer looked like they were having a blast dressed up as Patsy and Edina from “Absolutely Fabulous.” Really, I just want to dress up like Jessica Alba on any one of her given days.

Alice and the Mad Hatter

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This costume idea has been around since basically the dawn of time, but it never gets old. Check out Ryan Lochte’s rendition of it 2017 style.

Cheeto Tiger and his Flaming Hot Puff

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I hope your abuela taught you how to sew because you won’t be able to buy this costume anywhere. Plus, when you see other couples dressed up like food, you’ll instantly know your people (read: foodies).

Café Bustelo and a cafetera

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The cafetera is a stretch but the abuelita in a Café Bustelo costume is everything. If I ran into you, I’d give you all my candy.

Avocado and Toast

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Turns out Gisele Bündchen is a total dork. While avocado’s are more Brazil’s thing and toast is probably more Brady’s thing, the two make a good pair. I’m just waiting for an avocado and Tapatío pair. 👀

Ms. Cholula and Mr. Tapatío

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ICYMI, your two favorite salsa’s have these two on their label. You’re looking at the official coolest parents of 2017.

Siegfried and Roy and Their Lion

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Nicole Richie and her friends took a big risk last year by dressing up as the German men who took Vegas by storm with their most successful show in history…until one of their tigers attacked Roy. He’s now paralyzed. I wouldn’t have invited any tigers along for the costume pride. 🦁

Go Western

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It’s iconic and Mario Lopez proved last year that you can wear a stuffed animal and still be sexy. Have fun with it, mi gente.

Guy Fawkes

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Cristiano Ronaldo brought us this rendition of Guy Fawkes last year. ICYMI, Fawkes was a mid-century English soldier that fought in the Spanish Inquisition. He was caught planning to assassinate King James I to restore a Catholic monarch to the throne. Strangely, the UK commemorates Fawkes to this day on November 5.

Frida Kahlo & boo

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Frida Kahlo was openly bisexual and even toyed with androgyny. You can dress like Frida Kahlo in a suit and be an accurate representation of the Mexican icon. Or you and your boo can just dress like these two and be happy and call it a night. 👻

Morticia and Gomez from The Addams Family

CREDIT: “Morticia and Gomez Addams Costume” Digital Image. Costume-Works. 24 September 2018.

The Addams Family will never get old. Morticia and Gomez are couple goals to the max. Be spooky, be dreary and be lovey dovey. It’s on character.

Or if you’re single AF, just bring Gomez’ skull along for the ride. 👹

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It’s what he’d want, seguramente. While we’re reminiscing, @wearemitu with your favorite Halloween costume to date for a chance to be featured.


READ: Only Latinos Will Recognize These Costumes

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