Gay travel guide Spartacus has released its annual Gay Travel Index, and the results for the U.S. are kind of embarrassing. Out of the 138 destinations that Spartacus covers in its International Travel Guide, the U.S. comes in at No. 38, along with countries like Bulgaria and Cambodia and just above Albania.
The scores are tallied based on each country’s laws and customs surrounding issues like gay marriage, gay adoption policies and whether or not the country has a good LGBTQ-marketing strategy.
The U.S. took negative hits for its religious influence over gay issues and for hostile locals presumably located in some of the more backward parts of our great country. Sweden ranks at the top of the list, thanks to its anti-discrimination legislation, civil union allowance and a marketing strategy that caters to gay tourists. Other top-10ers include Belgium, France, Spain, the United Kingdom and Uruguay.
Bottom-dwellers? No real surprise here: Russia, Jordan, Jamaica and Iran.firstname.lastname@example.org.