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The map released by insurance company travel insurance direct identifies countries and territories according to how tolerant — or outright hostile — they are to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, including visiting australians.

It comes as controversial anti-gay laws are still being considered in indonesia — home to australia’s favourite overseas holiday spot, bali — and amid abuses against LGBTI people that have turned australian travellers against visiting the country.

Indonesia’s proposed laws, which were expected to be decided on in february but have been delayed, would impose a total ban on gay sex and have been met with local support.

The country has been criticised by the UN human rights chief in recent months because of rising intolerance against the LGBTI community, including the recent public shaming of a group of transgender hairdressers.


Countries in red on the map, which include large swathes of africa, the middle east and parts of asia, outlaw homosexuality.Sylvester said this also includes australia’s nearest neighbour, papua new guinea, where same-sex acts can result in imprisonment.

Countries in orange, which include travel destinations such as vietnam and madagascar, have no laws against homosexuality but are considered intolerant towards LGBTI people.

“[travellers can] expect discrimination, prejudice and harsh treatment by officials and society as a whole. For lack of an official law these places would be marked red, too.”

An indonesian man is one of two to be publicly caned for having sex in banda aceh, indonesia, in may 2017. Both men were sentenced to 85 strokes of the cane each. Picture: AFP/chaideer mahyuddin source:AFP

“the countries marked yellow have legalised homosexuality, but there is no other protection for the LGBTQI community,” mr sylvester said. “in fact there is often open societal hostility.”

Green countries have legalised homosexual acts and offer some legal protections, such as anti-discrimination laws.Legalised homosexuality they include mexico, thailand and parts of eastern europe.

Blue countries, such as italy, poland, greece, the czech republic and chile, “have legalised homosexuality and have a wide range, but not all, protections in place … but they’re getting there,” mr sylvester said.

Purple countries, such as australia, new zealand, the united kingdom, the united states, canada, brazil, south africa and many countries in northern and western europe have legalised same sex marriage and generally offer protection of rights of LGBTI people.

“of course, you may still encounter individuals with intolerant attitudes but mostly the society is accepting and inclusive,” mr sylvester said.

“for example, in russia, despite it legalising homosexual sex between men in 1993 (lesbian sex has never been illegal), in practice, you risk violence and discrimination if you are openly gay,” mr sylvester said.

“when I was in belgrade in 2016 I witnessed the gay pride march which needed the (reluctant) protection of the riot squad, and saw many locals being abusive or openly showing their disgust at participants,” he said.Legalised homosexuality

Russia has a law against “promotion of non-traditional sexual relationships” to minors, which may target behaviour that appears to promote LGBTI issues.

Similarly, while homosexuality is not currently illegal in indonesia (except for aceh), other laws, such as those regulating pornography and prostitution, may be used in a way that discriminates against the LGBTI community, the department of foreign affairs and trade warns.