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  • What the bars mean

    The bar graph visualization

    The red bar indicates the relative progress of marriage equality in the country, state or province applicable.

    The orange bar indicates the extent to which same-sex relations are legally protected in the country, state or province applicable. This refers to whether laws have full, limited, or no protections over same-sex intercourse and/or other sexual activities.

    The yellow bar indicates the extent to which legal protections of right to sex reassignment surgery, and/or hormone replacement therapy exists in the country, state or province applicable. Accordingly, this data may indicate that destination’s progressiveness towards freedom of gender identity and/or expression. However, gender identity and/or expression is not dependent upon physical appearance or medical procedures such as surgery or hormone therapy.

    Gender identity is each person’s internal and individual experience of gender. It is their sense of being a woman, a man, both, neither, or anywhere along the gender spectrum. A person’s gender identity may be the same as or different from their birth-assigned sex. Gender identity is fundamentally different from a person’s sexual orientation.

    Gender expression is how a person publicly presents their gender. This can include behaviour and outward appearance such as dress, hair, make-up, body language and voice. A person’s chosen name and pronoun are also common ways of expressing gender.

    The green bar indicates the relative strengths of specific legal protections and LGBTQ+ rights generally, and for housing and employment in the country, state or province applicable.

    The blue bar indicates if there are additional legal rights extended to the LGBTQ+ community, including laws related to military service, blood donation, adoption, and conversion therapy.

    The purple bar indicates the average level of positive or negative sentiment regarding LGBTQ+ issues expressed through social media platforms in the city, state, province or country applicable – over the past 90 days.

    How it works

    At regular intervals, Destination Pride’s automatic algorithm retrieves, calculates and updates data on each destination. The data measures Marriage Equality, Sexual Activity Laws, Gender Identity Protections, Anti-Discrimination Laws, Civil Rights & Liberties, plus Social Media Sentiment. Each of those six measures are represented by its own coloured bar, which assemble together to create a unique Destination Pride flag visualization and an overall numerical score out of 100.

    The score

    0-50 / 100
    A score in this range generally indicates that there are limited or no legal rights in place for LGBTQ+ people, and there may even be penalties. Social media sentiment for that destination will likely be neutral or negative.

    51-70 / 100
    A score in this range generally indicates that some legal protections for LGBTQ+ people are in place, and social media sentiment is likely neutral.

    71+ / 100
    A score above 70 generally indicates that there are extensive legal protections in place for LGBTQ+ people, and that social media sentiment is generally positive.

  • Start the conversation

    Discussion about Toronto, Canada.

    Within this forum, we encourage you to share your travel experiences, tips and recommendations for Toronto, Canada. We also ask that you be respectful of each other in this conversation. If you have any feedback about the tool itself, please visit the Contact Us page to let us know.

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