Here are 11 countries that routinely show up on lists of the most LGBTQ-friendly places in the world, and just how they are making gay and lesbian nationals and visitors feel accepted.

There are many markers of a nation’s acceptance and inclusiveness of LGBT people. One determination is whether it allows same-sex couples the legal right to marry. As of last year, more than two dozen countries had enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. Other indicators of a nation’s acceptance include how welcome gays and lesbians feel when they travel to these nations, how active gay and lesbian communities can be without fear of repercussion and whether a majority of residents agree that homosexuality should be embraced.

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