The 5 Safest Cities for Gay Digital Nomads

For LGBTQ+ digital nomads, finding a welcoming and safe home base while working remotely is crucial. While acceptance and legal protections vary greatly around the world, several cities stand out for their progressive attitudes, robust LGBTQ+ communities, and strong digital nomad infrastructure. Here are the top 5 safest cities for gay digital nomads, ranked based on a combination of factors:

Methodology:

Our ranking considers a variety of factors, including:

  • Legal Protections: Recognition of same-sex marriage or partnerships, anti-discrimination laws, and hate crime legislation.
  • Social Acceptance: Public attitudes towards LGBTQ+ individuals, presence of vibrant LGBTQ+ communities and events.
  • Safety: Crime rates, quality of life, and overall sense of security.
  • Digital Nomad Friendliness: Availability of co-working spaces, high-speed internet, and supportive local communities.

5 Safest Cities for Gay Digital Nomads:

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam - Netherlands
  1. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Legalized same-sex marriage in 2001, strong anti-discrimination laws, and a long history of LGBTQ+ activism. Amsterdam boasts a thriving LGBTQ+ scene with numerous bars, clubs, and events. Additionally, the city offers excellent digital nomad infrastructure, including co-working spaces and fast internet. (Source: Netherlands government website)
  • LGBTQ+ Events: Amsterdam Pride (one of the world’s largest), Pink Film Festival, EuroGames (LGBTQ+ sports event), Canal Parade.
  • Neighborhoods: Reguliersdwarsstraat (historic heart of the gay scene), De Pijp (trendy area with vibrant nightlife), Oud-West (up-and-coming district with LGBTQ+ cafes and bars).
  • Cost of Living: Moderate to high. Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,400 per month. Groceries and transportation can also be expensive.

Prices for the month of Feb 2024 on Airbnb

  • Digital Nomad Resources: WeWork, Spaces, The Office Club (co-working spaces), CREA Amsterdam (creative community hub), Nomad Amsterdam (digital nomad community)
  • Travel and Visa: Visa-free entry for EU/EFTA citizens and some other nationalities. Others may require a Schengen visa. Excellent public transportation network and international airport.

Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei - Taiwan
  1. Taipei, Taiwan: The first country in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage in 2019, Taiwan is a beacon of LGBTQ+ rights in the region. Taipei has a vibrant and welcoming LGBTQ+ community, with numerous gay-friendly bars and restaurants. The city also offers a strong digital nomad scene with affordable co-working spaces and excellent internet connectivity. (Source: Taiwan Tourism Bureau website)
  • LGBTQ+ Events: Taiwan Pride, Pink Dot Asia (regional LGBTQ+ human rights event), Taipei International Gay/Lesbian Film Festival.
  • Neighborhoods: Ximending (bustling area with LGBTQ+ cafes and shops), Shilin Night Market (popular spot with gay-friendly vendors), Daan District (trendy area with art galleries and bars).
  • Cost of Living: Relatively low. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $500 per month. Affordable groceries and transportation.

Prices for the month of Feb 2024 on Airbnb

  • Digital Nomad Resources: iTaiwan Digital Nomad Village (co-working space), Taipei Hackerspace (tech community hub), CoCoCo Coworking (affordable coworking space).
  • Travel and Visa: Visa-free entry for most nationalities for up to 180 days. Easy public transportation and high-speed rail network.

Editor’s Note: I visited Taiwan years ago and loved it. I found it incredibly safe and LGBT-friendly. Also, the food scene in Taiwan is incredible! We did everything from street food stalls to fine dining and were blown away.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin - Germany
  1. Berlin, Germany: Germany recognizes same-sex partnerships and offers comprehensive anti-discrimination protections. Berlin is renowned for its open-minded and diverse atmosphere, with a thriving LGBTQ+ community and numerous gay-friendly neighborhoods. The city also boasts a strong digital nomad scene, attracting remote workers from around the world. (Source: Federal Government of Germany website)
  •  LGBTQ+ Events: Berlin Pride (one of the biggest in Europe), CSD (Christopher Street Day), Teddy Awards (LGBTQ+ film awards).
  • Neighborhoods: Schöneberg (historic gay district with bars and clubs), Kreuzberg (vibrant and diverse area with LGBTQ+ cafes and shops), Neukölln (up-and-coming district with a growing LGBTQ+ scene).
  • Cost of Living: Moderate. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $900 per month. It is more affordable than other major European cities.

Prices for the month of Feb 2024 on Airbnb

  • Digital Nomad Resources: Factory Berlin (co-working space), Betahaus (creative hub), coworking@mittestrand (co-working space with river views).
  • Travel and Visa: Visa-free entry for EU citizens and some other nationalities. Others may require a Schengen visa. Excellent public transportation system and international airport.

Editors Note: Berlin is the first country I visited during my long-term travels in Europe. I found the city to be extremely safe, welcoming, and fun. It seems you could never run out of things to do in Berlin! I was set to spend the entire summer in Europe but would have happily stayed in Berlin the entire time. It’s still a dream of mine to spend an extended amount of time in Berlin, getting to know the city better.

I have heard accommodation prices are on the rise but are still far lower than other major cities in Europe.

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne - Australia
  1. Melbourne, Australia: Australia legalized same-sex marriage in 2017 and has strong anti-discrimination laws. Melbourne is a vibrant and multicultural city with a large and welcoming LGBTQ+ community. The city offers a thriving digital nomad scene with numerous co-working spaces and cafes, and excellent internet infrastructure. (Source: Australian government website)
  •  LGBTQ+ Events: Melbourne Pride March, Midsummer Festival (largest LGBTQ+ arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere), Wear it Proud fashion show.
  • Neighborhoods: Fitzroy (bohemian area with LGBTQ+ bars and cafes), St Kilda (beachside suburb with gay-friendly nightlife), Collingwood (trendy district with art galleries and shops).
  • Cost of Living: Moderate to high. Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1,200 per month. Can be expensive compared to other cities on this list.

Prices for the month of Feb 2024 on Airbnb

  • Digital Nomad Resources: Hub Australia (co-working space), Launchpad (co-working and event space), The Commons (co-working space with a focus on community).
  • Travel and Visa: Visa-free entry for most nationalities for up to 6 months. Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) required for some nationalities. Excellent public transportation network and international airport.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona - Spain
  1. Barcelona, Spain: Spain legalized same-sex marriage in 2005 and has strong anti-discrimination laws. Barcelona is a cosmopolitan city with a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere, known for its vibrant LGBTQ+ scene and numerous gay-friendly beaches and bars. The city also offers a strong digital nomad scene with affordable co-working spaces and excellent internet connectivity. (Source: Spanish government website)
  •  LGBTQ+ Events: Barcelona Pride (one of the most popular in Europe), Circuit Festival (largest gay dance festival in the world), Sitges Bear Week (international bear event).
  • Neighborhoods: Eixample (trendy area with gay-friendly bars and restaurants), El Raval (historic district with LGBTQ+ shops and cafes), Barceloneta (beachfront area with gay-friendly beaches and bars).
  • Cost of Living: Moderate. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment: $1000 per month. Generally cheaper than major cities in Northern Europe.

Prices for the month of Feb 2024 on Airbnb

  • Digital Nomad Resources: Nomad House Barcelona (co-working space), La Despensa (co-working space with a rooftop terrace), Cowork Gran Vía (affordable coworking space).
  • Travel and Visa: Visa-free entry for EU citizens and some other nationalities. Others may require a Schengen visa. Excellent public transportation system and international airport.

Editors Note: I’ve been to Barcelona a handful of times and have always loved it but my favorite city in Spain is still Madrid. I know many people prefer Barcelona for access to the beach but there’s just something about Madrid, especially the gay neighborhood of Chueca.

Additional Tips for Gay Digital Nomads:

  • Research the local LGBTQ+ community: Connect with local LGBTQ+ organizations and individuals to get insights into the city and its LGBTQ+ scene.
  • Be aware of local customs and laws: While these cities are generally safe for LGBTQ+ individuals, it’s important to be aware of local customs and laws to avoid any potential issues.
  • Connect with other LGBTQ+ digital nomads: Online communities and forums can be a great way to connect with other LGBTQ+ digital nomads and get advice and recommendations.

Remember, safety and comfort are key for any digital nomad, but for LGBTQ+ individuals, it’s even more crucial. By choosing a welcoming and safe city, gay digital nomads can focus on exploring, creating, and thriving in a supportive environment.

Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Always research any country or city’s specific laws and regulations before traveling.

I hope this information is helpful! Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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