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Oh the places you won’t go as an LGBT Expat!

February 1, 2012 in Countries, Expat, Gay, Gay Rights Watch, LGBT by CW

The prospect of becoming an expat is both exciting and daunting. Yet one of the most critical decisions is where to go. Choose correctly and you can enjoy a country that recognizes gay marriage or at a minimum where homosexuality is legal. Choose incorrectly and you could find yourself living in a country where homosexuality is illegal and at worst punishable by death.

We’ve assembled the following list of countries where calling it home may not be the best decision because homosexuality or male-to-male relationships are illegal.

Most Hated Nation Status.
The following countries have laws where not only is homosexuality illegal, it is punishable by death. As a result, Expatgay.com does not recommend you set up home sweet home there.

These countries include:

  • Sudan
  • Mauritania
  • Somaliland
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen
  • Iran

In the following countries homosexuality is considered illegal:

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bhutan
  • Botswana
  • Brunei
  • Burma
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Comiroa
  • Cook Islands
  • Dominica
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Greneda
  • Guinea
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian territories (Gaza)
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Qatar
  • Samoa
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somolia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • St. Kitt and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkish part of Cyprus
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Uzbekistan
  • Western Sahara
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
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Cancun to pass gay marriage bill to attract tourists

January 5, 2012 in Countries, Expat, Gay, Gay Marriage, Leaving the US, LGBT, Mexico by CG

Starting in January, gay expats in Mexico will have even more incentive to hit the beaches in the Mexican Caribbean (including Cancun, Cozumel and other nearby resort areas) as these areas can now serve as potential wedding destinations.  According to Fox News Latino, the Mexican Caribbean will allow gay and lesbian couples from abroad to legalize their same-sex unions due to a quirk in the local civil code which only makes mention of “people interested in getting married” without reference to gender.  Starting in January, the first same-sex weddings will be held in the resort area and agreements are being put into place with various airlines and hotel chains to hold same-sex weddings all along Mexico’s Caribbean coast.  According to a local activist, the gay community generates between 45 and 60 percent more income on top of conventional tourism.  Same sex marriage has been legal in Mexico City since 2009 with over 1200 couples married so far.  We will post an update post detailing the requirements for marriage in Mexico in the very near future. Read more.

Check out our section on Mexico!

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8 Cheap Places to Live Abroad

December 3, 2011 in Argentina, Costa Rica, Countries, Ecuador, Expat, France, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay by CG

Best and/or cheapest places to retire abroad lists are a dime a dozen but CBS Money Watch has published a concise list that provides some useful information and links to further reading for those that want a deeper dive into this ever-popular subject.  According to CBS, based on information compiled from the most prominent lists around the web (including International Living, AARP, Forbes, Kiplinger’s and others), the following eight countries were the most recommended:

Most Recommended Countries

Panama -
: currency tied to the dollar, retiree discounts, favorable tax treatment;
Cons: some corruption and infrastructure issues, rural and quiet in many spots

Ecuador –
: currency tied to the dollar, super cheap;
: limited health care outside major cities, political instability, some crime pockets

Uruguay -
Pros: beaches, recognized for its high quality of life;
: medical care, may be too quiet for urbanites

Mexico –
: easy access to US, lots of expats, good health care in big cities;
: drug cartels in border towns, petty crime and corruption

Costa Rica -
Pros: good economy, untaxed retirement income and real estate profits;
:  more expensive than some other countries on list, straining infrastructure

France –
: food and culture, great health care;
:  high taxes, maddening bureaucracy

Argentina -
Pros: European vibe, low housing prices, English spoken;
Cons: getting pricier, cold in the south

Italy -
Pros: food and culture, weather, bargains mainly in south;
: labor strikes, hot summers, some regions aren’t cheap

Check out the full article for some tips from expats as well as useful links to many of the publications CBS reviewed to compile their list.  It’s a useful jumping off place for cheap retirement options abroad.

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