Throughout my travels, I have had the opportunity to visit cities where homosexuality is widely accepted. However, this time around, I am embarking on a trip to cities where homosexuality is not only looked down upon, but illegal in some places. (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates). Growing up as a gay Mexican American in a religious household has it’s own obstacles, but I am interested in seeing what types of obstacles are faced by gay males from other countries, especially in countries where homosexuality is taboo. Different countries have a different set of legal regulations and religions, both of which affect the acceptance of the LBGT community. Thanks to the Internet, I will be traveling throughout the Middle East and Eastern Europe from June 26th until September 1ss, staying with locals throughout my journey.
Couchsurfing.com, a site similar to Facebook, connects travelers from all over the world. You link with like-minded
individuals who offer you a couch, bed, empty room, etc. for a few days, free of charge, and participate in a cultural exchange that beats any hotel stay. You get the opportunity to see the city through the eyes of a local, eating at the best, most affordable restaurants and really getting an idea of what life is like.
Below is a list of countries I plan on visiting, which will almost certainty change:
Greece, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Turkey, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, and Poland.
Check out this travel video I made of past couchsurfing trips
So I invite you guys on my journey as I make my way across the deserts of Egypt and the roads of Croatia. Feel free to make suggestions, give me advice, or ask questions in the comment section!