Spain has come on in leaps and bounds in terms of equality and LGBTI rights. The approval of same-sex marriage was a reflection of the social progress of the Spaniards and in 2013, the Pew Research Center classified Spain as the country with the highest acceptance of homosexuality.
Catalonia is one of the pioneering areas for LGBTI community integration and promoting laws against homophobia and discrimination. Barcelona City Council has stood out for its commitment to the defence of Civil Rights in the city for many years, starting in 1995 when the Department of Civil Rights was founded. The most recent development being the introduction of the LGBTI Municipal Council, which was set up in 2004 to encourage equal rights, freedom and social recognition of LGBTI people within the city.
A survey carried out by Nestpick in 2017 identified the top 100 cities with active LGBT communities, to celebrate Pride Month. For a city to rank highly, it must have a vibrant gay dating scene, a lively nightlife, open minded citizens, and low levels of hate crime. Other things taken in to account were the national laws affecting the LGBTI community, such as the right to get married or adopt children, so it comes as no surprise that Barcelona and Sitges are among the best LGBT Cities in the world.