(Blogmensgo, gay blog of March 29, 2016) In the Spartacus Gay Travel Index 2016, Sweden and the UK rank top as gay-friendliest countries of the world. Iran and Somalia are at the tail-end of the list.
Spartacus used 14 criteria in three categories for its ranking.
The green category (0 to +3 points) lists all positive elements such as anti-discrimination laws, same-sex partnership or marriage, adoption rights, LGBT marketing or the same age of consent for hetero- and homosexuals.
The orange category (–2 to 0 points) comprises negative parameters such as religious influence, travel restrictions for HIV-positive people, homophobic laws, illegality of homosexuals and hostile actions against gays.
The red category (–5 to 0 points) refers to prosecution, murder and death sentence for LGBT persons.
Only Sweden and the UK reach 9 points in total. Many European or Western countries score 5 to 8 points, such as Canada, Belgium, Denmark or France.
There is a separate list for countries with no or little objective data available. All of these countries (such as Chad, Niger or Mali) have received very bad rankings.
The USA was evaluated in a separate list because the situation in the individual states varies widely: California, Massachusetts and New York rank top with 6 points each. However, Alabama (–1), North Carolina (–1) and Mississippi (–2) find themselves at the end of the list.
The data is current as of February 17, 2016 and is based on several LGBT organizations such as Ilga and other sources on human rights, HIV/AIDS etc. Spartacus intends to regularly evaluate and update the rankings.