There are 7 billion people on the planet and assuming that 5% of them are LGBTs, then there are about 350 million of us in the world. Most of the available data refers to LGBT people in an abstract legal way and not on the level of the happiness of individuals. Worldwide comparable data about how life is, from the point of view of the gay citizen, is nowhere to be found. Often they ask for our help. But what are we to do?


Introducing the Gay Happiness Index (GHI)


We combined three main topics to generate one worldwide ranking on gay happiness:

Public Opinion

How do gay men feel about society’s view on homosexuality?

Public Behavior

How do gay men experience the way they are treated by other people?

Life Satisfaction

How satisfied are gay men with their lives and do they accept themselves?

Country Rank GHI Public Opinion Public Behavior Life Satisfaction Situation Change within the last year Worse/Same/Better Participants
Scores from 1 to 100
Iceland 1 79 87 73 76 123
Norway 2 77 78 73 78 520
Denmark 3 76 78 71 78 469
Sweden 4 73 75 68 75 619
Uruguay 5 73 64 74 80 53
Canada 6 72 75 66 74 691
Israel 7 71 69 71 74 337
Netherlands 8 71 67 67 79 3012
Switzerland 9 70 66 67 77 3158
Luxembourg 10 70 65 66 78 283
New Zealand 11 69 69 65 74 168
Finland 12 69 67 66 74 664
Spain 13 68 65 65 74 3735
Germany 14 68 64 64 75 29325
Argentina 15 67 60 65 76 293
Thailand 16 67 62 68 71 1549
Belgium 17 67 62 64 75 2755
Czech Republic 18 66 59 70 70 545
Austria 19 64 57 62 73 2509
Australia 20 64 61 60 70 602
France 21 63 55 63 71 7047
South Africa 22 63 57 61 71 252
United Kingdom 23 63 62 60 66 1520
Andorra 24 62 55 64 66 25
Ireland 25 62 57 62 66 415
United States 26 61 57 58 67 1236
Malta 27 61 52 62 68 198
Réunion 28 60 50 61 70 43
Cuba 29 59 46 59 71 166
Costa Rica 30 58 43 56 74 70
Curaçao 31 57 41 64 65 22
Mexico 32 56 45 53 71 575
Portugal 33 56 44 59 66 504
Taiwan 34 54 45 63 55 172
Cambodia 35 54 40 59 62 56
Chile 36 53 38 55 66 142
Slovenia 37 52 35 61 61 396
Colombia 38 51 34 54 66 407
Brazil 39 51 37 53 64 673
Italy 40 51 27 62 63 9887
Philippines 41 50 40 53 57 4947
Estonia 42 50 29 58 62 286
Japan 43 50 27 61 61 194
Ecuador 44 50 33 54 62 136
Venezuela 45 48 29 51 65 215
Suriname 46 48 19 60 64 20
Slovakia 47 47 23 58 62 400
Bolivia 48 47 27 49 66 31
Hungary 49 47 22 58 59 2112
Djibouti 50 46 25 58 56 21
Poland 51 46 23 57 58 1988
Vietnam 52 45 32 55 48 218
Greece 53 45 21 56 59 2861
Madagascar 54 45 20 54 60 48
Panama 55 44 23 48 62 34
Peru 56 44 24 49 59 317
South Korea 57 43 18 55 55 83
Namibia 58 43 26 47 54 31
Croatia 59 42 22 52 52 560
Myanmar 60 42 22 50 54 52
El Salvador 61 42 17 48 60 23
Kuwait 62 42 19 52 53 46
China 63 41 25 54 44 512
Singapore 64 41 20 52 51 534
Romania 65 41 13 55 55 2482
Bulgaria 66 41 17 53 53 675
Nepal 67 41 21 55 46 56
Qatar 68 40 12 55 54 47
Guatemala 69 40 16 49 56 27
Latvia 70 40 12 53 56 289
Cyprus 71 40 17 51 52 351
Lithuania 72 40 15 49 56 242
Indonesia 73 40 17 57 46 867
Dominican Republic 74 40 21 45 53 61
Nicaragua 75 39 25 40 52 51
Mauritius 76 39 15 52 50 187
Malaysia 77 38 15 51 50 1421
Benin 78 38 24 46 45 52
Honduras 79 38 20 39 55 23
Belarus 80 37 9 52 51 117
India 81 37 16 46 50 7183
Turkey 82 37 15 45 52 1767
Ukraine 83 37 10 50 51 359
Oman 84 37 10 51 50 41
United Arab Emirates 85 37 9 51 51 260
Ivory Coast 86 36 15 47 47 116
Russia 87 36 10 50 50 1312
DR Congo 88 36 9 45 54 30
Serbia 89 36 12 51 45 1732
Sri Lanka 90 35 12 45 49 180
Tunisia 91 35 12 46 46 269
Montenegro 92 35 11 53 40 118
Moldova 93 35 9 49 45 101
Albania 94 34 11 46 46 66
Jordan 95 34 13 44 46 45
Brunei 96 34 13 52 38 21
Georgia 97 34 11 46 44 78
Uzbekistan 98 33 4 49 47 20
Lebanon 99 33 10 43 46 132
Azerbaijan 100 33 8 45 46 41
Saudi Arabia 101 33 8 45 45 201
Bosnia-Herzegovina 102 33 8 45 46 419
Macedonia 103 33 10 46 41 246
Morocco 104 33 10 44 44 738
Algeria 105 32 9 45 44 330
Kenya 106 32 11 39 47 111
Maldives 107 32 10 48 39 37
Senegal 108 32 10 45 41 112
Mali 109 31 10 48 36 21
Zimbabwe 110 31 6 36 50 22
Tanzania 111 30 8 37 44 41
Bangladesh 112 30 9 36 44 48
Pakistan 113 30 13 37 40 47
Armenia 114 30 5 45 39 44
Egypt 115 29 7 37 44 180
Kosovo 116 29 11 36 40 51
Burkina Faso 117 29 6 40 41 22
Kazakhstan 118 29 5 37 44 81
Ghana 119 27 13 36 33 85
Cameroon 120 27 11 32 37 186
Iran 121 26 10 31 36 65
Nigeria 122 25 6 32 37 92
Iraq 123 24 13 33 26 26
Kyrgyzstan 124 22 7 26 33 20
Ethiopia 125 22 6 32 27 31
Sudan 126 20 6 27 26 29
Uganda 127 20 6 23 30 25



Detailed Heat Maps based on Geo Data

We know that even within a country the situation varies; the living circumstances of gay men residing in the city is often quite different from those living in the countryside. Thanks to modern technology, we can ask participants for their geo-location data. Therefore we can show you the results in even more detail than ever before.


Interesting Facts

Click on any graph to view it in full size.

The Data is Free

We are a private commercial company. We are not scientists and do not see ourselves in a position to make the final analysis on our own. We have made the extended version of the GHI data publically available for everyone in order to draw further conclusions.

Methods

The survey was provided in 25 languages and targeted at all users of the PlanetRomeo platform (about 1.8 million). These users are all 18 years or older and mainly gay or bisexual. Privacy is guaranteed by means of an anonymous questionnaire, strongly blurred geo positions and a presentation of data on an aggregated level only. For more information on used methods please read the full report.

Outlook

Fundamental human rights for LGBTs and their happiness is an ongoing fight. We will absolutely keep our finger on the pulse and plan to repeat the survey in the future.

About PlanetRomeo

PlanetRomeo is a gay owned and operated global gay community for sex, friends and love. It’s made up of millions of gays, bisexuals and transgenders from all walks of life: young and old, rich and poor, from out of the closet to keeping it a secret.

As gay men based in Amsterdam, we are happy and lucky to enjoy a large amount of freedom today. We can appreciate this freedom because of the previous generations who fought for equality in the past. At the same time, we are aware that in more than one third of all countries worldwide LGBT people still are considered criminals officially, and punishable by death in seven.

Men from all over the globe, who need to share their stories of the injustices that they suffer, contact us regularly.

"I was bullied in my school days in such a bad way that even though it has been seven years, I still have those wounds. I am still hurt, I wish I could take the discrimination away. People around me commit suicide. Are we not human beings? It’s weird how the people running the country are homophobic"
(Akshat, 24, India)
"A few months ago I was attacked for being gay. The attackers wanted to kill me for being gay and for wanting to pollute the culture. I managed to escape and now stay in Botswana but with challenges as the country also does not welcome gays. I write to inquire if your office can help me get to safety and peace."
(Anonymous, Kenya)
"I always thought that the world is a beautiful place for everyone without any exceptions. I realized very fast that my point of view was totally bad. I’m not open to people anymore. I hate to smile. I don’t want to meet my friends from high school anymore "

(Chris, 28, Poland)

115,000 gay men told us

Because of the Internet, online gay communities like PlanetRomeo are able to offer support for gay men that they may not be able to get anywhere else. Being at the heart of 1.8 million men globally, we have access to both the audience and resources to do this research for the very first time. Incredibly, more than 115,000 gay men from all over the world participated in the survey. A great result and our special thanks go out to them! We initiated the research and collaborated with the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz (JGUM), Germany who designed a qualified scientific questionnaire and executed the survey.


Our Point of View

Things seem to improve in North and South America as well as in South-East Asia. That’s great news! Europe shows a huge diversity, from 'gay heaven' (Scandinavia) in the Northwest to 'gay drama' (Balkans) in the Southeasterly direction. Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East are depressing, but no big surprise there. In general, the number of countries where the situation is getting worse is painfully shocking to us.

Our Romeos advised us to use international pressure and not to pamper homophobic political leaders. So, let’s be blunt!

Modern medicine and psychiatry already agreed that homosexuality is not a disease decades ago. However, it still seems that the freedom to be gay is not just a question of education and time. We are quite sure it has to do with politics. The GHI ranking correlates with the scale of democratic societies and freedom to autocratic countries and human rights violations.

Political and religious leaders from all over the world claim to defend 'traditional' family values. They accuse us of being deviant, immoral and having a negative effect on society. As an example, religious 'leaders' from Liberia and the USA blame us of causing Ebola and earthquakes. They put the blame on the 'decadent West' for importing queer values into their culture in order to undermine and destroy their countries.

When looking at the 5 countries with the most negative change we see Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan , Nigeria and Ethiopia at the top of the list. All of these countries are known for having a negative view towards basic human freedoms in society. Even in European countries like Russia, Turkey and Hungary we see the same negative developments.

But do the responsible leaders of these countries really care about the subject of homosexuality? Or do they use it to divert attention from the real problems their country face? History shows tyrants will do anything to stay in power. It is always easy to pick a vulnerable minority group and use them as a scapegoat. It’s a known cheap trick in order to gain popularity within a terrified and uneducated society in which they nurture these homophobic beliefs.

In our opinion, the GHI is not only about the happiness of gay men, it can also be seen as a powerful indicator for the general development of freedom, justice and security in a country. We hope the world sees these leaders for what they truly are.

Those who propagate hatred towards minorities attack all human values. Their actions are not a sign of their own superior morality, but rather the desperate behavior of an autocrat, hungry for popularity. In practice, they deny us fundamental human rights, force millions of us in the 'unhappy closet', beat us, throw us in prison and murder us.

PlanetRomeo, May 2015



"Living as a gay man in Egypt is just like living in hell. In this country gay people are treated so bad and being arrested and even killed by their parents."
(Bishoy, 22, Egypt)