Is Brazil LGBTQIA+ friendly?

LGBTQIA+ travellers are those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, plus queer or questioning, intersex or asexual individuals. It also includes those who identify beyond these commonly used sexualities and gender expressions. Everyone has the right to feel safe when travelling, and while Brazil is generally a safe travel destination, there are some issues that may arise for travellers who identify with one or more of these terms.

Is Brazil a safe destination for LGBTQIA+ travellers?

Brazil is a progressive country when it comes to LGBTQIA+ rights and equality. Gay marriage and same-sex adoption are legal, and there are laws in place to protect sexuality and gender-based discrimination in the workplace and in matters relating to housing. Although public opinion is generally positive towards LGBTQIA+ rights, there is an active anti-LGBTQIA+ minority, and Brazil, unfortunately, has one of the highest murder rates of LGBTQIA+ people in the world. Non-binary gender recognition also varies from region to region.

Large cities like Sao Paolo, Salvador and Rio de Janeiro are generally safe for travellers with plenty of LGBTQIA+ friendly hangouts. While the risk of experiencing overt discrimination is low, LGBTQIA+ travellers may want to avoid public displays of affection when travelling outside of the main tourist areas, as folks in smaller towns may have more conservative views. Physical violence is rare, but you may be met with a disapproving look or rude remark. It's generally best to use discretion when in doubt.

LGBTQIA+ culture in Brazil

Brazil's biggest cities have thriving LGBTQIA+ scenes with many LGBTQIA+ friendly neighbourhoods, beaches, bars and clubs. Look out for the Pride flags flying at Rio's famous beaches including Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon – these gay-friendly areas are a great place to meet new people and soak up the tropical vibes.

Sao Paulo is the largest city in South America and boasts one of the world’s biggest gay scenes. There are heaps of hangouts for LGBTQIA+ travellers, from cosy pubs to vibrant clubs where you can party until the early hours. Sao Paolo also hosts an incredible Pride parade every June that attracts up to a mighty four million people.

Solo travel and room sharing

If you're travelling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a traveller of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know when you're booking your trip and we’ll arrange the rooming accordingly. There's also the option to book your own room on most of our tours if you don't wish to share a room.

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