“God save the Queen!” – While the UK is known for its devotion to its Queen, there are many other attractions that make it a prime destination for the LGBTQ+ community. London first of all, with its famous Soho district, is a major centre of gay life in England and Europe. Fancy a more rural getaway? Travel through Scotland and its iconic lochs or go for a hike in Wales. Whether you’re drawn to London’s party life, intrigued by its royal heritage, or love nature and green landscapes, the UK will somehow make you fall under its spell.
The United Kingdom is a country with a population of just over 68 million people. The nations that constitute the Kingdom are England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The British influence is still very high in many parts of the world as it was an important colonial empire. Today, most of these former British territories are members of Commonwealth organization. Queen Elizabeth II reigns as head of the monarchy but does not rule the country. It is now an advanced country in LGBTQ+ rights and there is a very active gay scene in London, but also in Manchester, Glasgow, Brighton and many other cities in the country.
The UK is now an advanced country in terms of LGBTQ+ rights and the country is often at the forefront of international institutions on the topic. The punitive laws of the former colonial empire are now part of the past. The Sexual Offences Act, which came into force in 2004, provides equality before the law for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation. This was soon followed by civil partnership in 2005. In 2010, civil partnerships could be celebrated in a place of worship and two same-sex parents could finally appear on a birth register. Since 2013 in England and Wales, and 2014 in Scotland, gay marriage has been legalized throughout the kingdom, and Northern Ireland finally followed the example in 2020.
The currency is the pound sterling. Most credit cards are accepted.
The United Kingdom is located in Europe, but the country is no longer part of the European Union since the Brexit and free movement does not apply. Therefore, there is a control at the border between the country and the EU with certain rules to respect, especially on the importation of food or goods that you might have in your possession.
Note for EU tourists who could only travel to the UK with a national identity card: this provision will end on October 1st 2021. From this date, a passport will be mandatory. In addition, here is the link to find out if you need a visa to enter the UK, depending on where you live: Gov.uk