Cape Town - Travelling isn't always safe for everyone, but LGBTQI travellers have to be extra cautious when travelling in countries where their sexual orientation could put them at risk.
As the South African LGBTQ+ community gears up for the annual Cape Town Pride festivities starting this week, PFLAG from Canada has set up a handy data website that measures safety for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and gender queer people in different countries.
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The score, out of a hundred, is determined by six categories, namely Marriage Equality, Sexual Activity Laws, Gender Identity Protections, Anti-Discrimination Laws, Civil Rights and Liberties, and Social Media Sentiment, all of which is visualised in the iconic Pride rainbow flag.
Although data-driven, Destination Pride notes that it's only a guide and should not used as an 'absolute safety rating system'. The algorithm updates at regular intervals and hopes to raise awareness around LGBTQ+ issues around the world.
South Africa, which decriminalised homosexuality in 1994 and allowed same-sex marriages in 2006, currently holds a score of 68 out of 100, which means that: "A score in this range (51-70) generally indicates that some legal protections for LGBTQ+ people are in place, and social media sentiment is likely neutral."
The country has full marks for Marriage Equality, Sexual Activity Laws and Anti-Discrimination Laws, all enshrined in and upheld by our Constitution, but we only get 50% for Gender Identity Protections (when you identify as a different gender than your birth-assigned sex) and Social Media Sentiment.
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