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10/24/2014 11:02 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

World's Most Gay-Friendly Travel Destinations, As Ranked By Lonely Planet

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travelers will have an extra special reason to pack their bags for Copenhagen in 2015, as the Danish capital tops Lonely Planet's list of the world's most gay-friendly destinations.

Copenhagen edged out New Zealand, Toronto and Palm Springs for the top spot, which was released as part of Lonely Planet's "Best in Travel 2015" series. The gay-friendly list, like the rest of the series, was compiled "based on topicality, unique experiences and that 'wow' factor," according to Lonely Planet's Chris Zeiher, who created it.

"I also considered if the destination demonstrated inclusiveness & tolerant behavior toward our community, has progressive equal rights laws and, finally, how safe the selection is for the LGBTIQ traveler," Zeiher told The Huffington Post in an email. The list, he added, is both "consciously diverse and, in some cases, a little unexpected," with less obvious destinations like Reykjavik, Iceland and Skiathos, Greece included.

Take a look at Lonely Planet's list of the 10 most gay-friendly places on the planet. Meanwhile, check out the rest of their "Best in Travel 2015" series here.

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