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Greece among the world˘s top 10 gay-friendly travel destinations

Take a look at the world˘s top ten gay-friendly travel destinations, according to The Independent.

1. Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark may be the home of Lego and at the forefront of New Nordic Cuisine, but importantly it made history in 1998 by becoming the first nation in the world to recognise registered same-sex partnerships.

2. New Zealand

In 1998 New Zealand was the first nation to adopt the label of "gay/lesbian friendly" when referring to businesses and accommodation – an initiative now recognised globally.

3.Toronto, Canada

Toronto's The Village, located in Church-Wellesley, is the cultural queer hub of the city, bursting with galleries, theatres and gay-friendly businesses.

4. Palm Springs, United States

Palm Springs provides the LGBT traveller with an amazing array of outdoor activities, excellent shopping and dining, and the world's best poolside lounging.

5. Sitges, Spain

The coastal city of Sitges rests approximately 35km south-west of Barcelona and is home to Spain's first-ever gay disco, which opened back in the 1980s.

6. Berlin, Germany

Germany's wild side is on display here and Berlin proudly boasts a vibrant and inclusive gay history that dates back to the golden age of the 1920s.

7. Skiathos and Mykonos, Greece

Ever since Jackie Onassis started visiting the Greek island of Mykonos in the 1970s, gay men have been flocking to the island of whitewashed houses and flower-filled courtyards, seeking out glamour and the famous Mediterranean sun.

The sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and pine forested hills of Skiathos offer a relaxed and authentic experience for the LGBT traveller.

8. New York City, United States

The Stonewall riots that occurred in the late Sixties in Greenwich Village are synonymous with the birth of the modern gay-rights movement.

The incredibly inclusive communities of the West Village, Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen provide a fabulous array of gay-friendly accommodation options.

9. Reykjavik, Iceland

The world's northernmost capital, Reykjavik has been described as one of the friendliest places and most inclusive on Earth.

In 2015, Reykjavik will host its 17th Gay Pride march (one of Europe's oldest queer parades), and the 11th Bears on Ice event.

Iceland also has some of the world's most progressive laws.

10. Montevideo, Uruguay

In 2013, Uruguay was the first Latin American country to legalise same-sex marriage, and homosexuality has been decriminalised since 1934.

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